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Caregiving is a rewarding, frustrating, inspiring experience. Whether you are caring for an elderly parent or your partner, it’s important to remember to also take care of yourself. We can help.

How Caregivers Can Provide Independence Without Sacrificing Safety
1 day ago

How Caregivers Can Provide Independence Without Sacrificing Safety

One aspect of independence that often flies under the radar is the Dignity of Risk. Credited to the disability movement, it’s defined as the idea that self-determination and the right to take reasonable risks are essential for dignity and self-esteem. Read More

How to Be a Successful Long-Distance Caregiver
3 days ago

How to Be a Successful Long-Distance Caregiver

I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Amy Goyer, family caregiver expert for AARP, as part of our virtual Caregiver Smile Summit. We spoke about long-distance caregiving. Read More

What if Memory Care Isn’t the Right Choice for People with Dementia?
2 weeks ago

What if Memory Care Isn’t the Right Choice for People with Dementia?

At a certain point in the disease process, people living with dementia need to move into memory care. This common assumption just isn’t true – at least, not for everyone. As with most anything in life, financial resources create choices. The second, and perhaps most important, part to consider is willingness. Read More

3 Things to Help Fight Ageism in Society
2 weeks ago

3 Things to Help Fight Ageism in Society

When Ashton Applewhite, the 2016 Aging Influencer of the Year of Next Avenue, recommends someone for your Caregiver Smile Summit to speak about ageism, you take her up on the offer. That person is Cathy Bollinger. Read More

Can Seniors Benefit from Having a Geriatrician on their Team? You Bet!
2 weeks ago

Can Seniors Benefit from Having a Geriatrician on their Team? You Bet!

Many changes occur as we get older in our years but when is it the right time to change doctors? Do we need a geriatrician? And how is a geriatrician different than our primary doctor? Join us in conversation with geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan who will answer these questions and more. Enjoy the show! Read More

How to Help Your Elderly Parents Stay Safe at Home
3 weeks ago

How to Help Your Elderly Parents Stay Safe at Home

It can be difficult to watch your parents grow older and become less independent. It can be even more challenging to know when you should intervene and when you should just stay aware. Join us as we discuss these issues and more with geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan who has a great list of tips to share. Enjoy the show! Read More

Looking After Elderly Parents at Home: 3 Danger Signs… and What to Do About Them
4 weeks ago

Looking After Elderly Parents at Home: 3 Danger Signs… and What to Do About Them

Do you have an elderly loved one who needs you to look after them? Are you aware which danger signs to look for in their behavior or physical state? Join us in conversation with geriatrician Dr. Leslie Kernisan who has a great list of tips to share. Enjoy the show! Read More

5 Signs of Psychological Distress as a Caregiver
4 weeks ago

5 Signs of Psychological Distress as a Caregiver

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Khloe Kardashian may not immediately come to mind when you think of a caregiver. Yet, when her estranged husband had an unexpected life-threatening health crisis she became his full-time caregiver. Like many caregivers, Khloe dropped everything and literally did not leave his side for weeks. Read More

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia? Here Are 7 GEMS You Need to Know!
4 weeks ago

Caring for a Loved One with Dementia? Here Are 7 GEMS You Need to Know!

My friend Teepa Snow, a colleague on the Dementia Action Alliance, is one of my guests on the Caregiver Smile Summit. For that interview, we spoke about the pioneering work she is doing and its genesis. Read More

What to Do When Memory Care Just Isn’t Working
1 month ago

What to Do When Memory Care Just Isn’t Working

Memory care isn’t what it used to be. I recently had 11 families in two countries reach out to me about the appalling care their loved ones living with dementia are receiving. Read More

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