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Caregiving

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.

Caregiver Ideas: 5 Reasons to Consider Sharing Live Music with the Elderly
2 days ago

Caregiver Ideas: 5 Reasons to Consider Sharing Live Music with the Elderly

Many in the aging services professions are already aware of the power of music on healing and particularly with dementia patients. Many patients can remember and sing songs even in advanced stages, long after they’ve stopped recognizing names and faces. Read More

3 Tips for Helping Your Dying Loved One Make End-of-Life Plans
1 week ago

3 Tips for Helping Your Dying Loved One Make End-of-Life Plans

Maria and Arthur are coming towards the end of their lives. They are a couple I know, who raised four children, had vibrant and dynamic careers at the prime of their lives, lived in different countries and made a very positive and significant contribution to the world in various ways. Read More

Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia
1 week ago

Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia

“I’m Losing My Mind”

When my mother began to lose her memory, she laughed about it. “Sometimes I feel like my brain is made of Swiss cheese,” she’d say, “and I keep putting my keys in one of the holes.” Read More

Myths, Facts and Reasons to Consider a Senior Move Manager
1 month ago

Myths, Facts and Reasons to Consider a Senior Move Manager

I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Mary Kay Buysee, Executive Director of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM) here in the U.S.  Read More

4 Ways to Communicate Effectively with the Nursing Home
1 month ago

4 Ways to Communicate Effectively with the Nursing Home

I suspect nearly all of you have friends or relatives living in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities.

We all know that society tends to hold negative perceptions about nursing homes. They’re sometimes seen as places we should avoid and mistrust. Sadly, in some instances, they deserve this reputation. Read More

Cookies or Carrots? Should Caregivers Give Comfort Foods or Focus on Healthy Eating?
2 months ago

Cookies or Carrots? Should Caregivers Give Comfort Foods or Focus on Healthy Eating?

I was recently speaking with a fellow caregiver warrior, and she was telling me how in the days before her father passed, the only thing he would eat was ice cream. Read More

Caring for the Caregiver: 6 Ways to Get Help and Improve Your Health
2 months ago

Caring for the Caregiver: 6 Ways to Get Help and Improve Your Health

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Caring for the caregiver is a key component in long-term caregiving. Without help, you’re more likely to become exhausted and severely stressed. That often leads to serious health problems and limits your ability to care for others. Read More

5 Reasons that Gardens Are So Important for People with Dementia
3 months ago

5 Reasons that Gardens Are So Important for People with Dementia

The clocks have changed, and we all had one hour less of sleep. That’s a sign that spring has arrived, with summer not far behind. Of course, that doesn’t mean the rain and cold will stop, but it is time to get going in the garden and look forward to being outside more. Read More

Most States Failing to Monitor Neglect and Abuse at Assisted Living Facilities
3 months ago

Most States Failing to Monitor Neglect and Abuse at Assisted Living Facilities

When assisted living works the way it is supposed to, it is a life saver. Our elderly family members get the care and support they need and we get to devote more our time to making their lives happy. Read More

12 Ways Caretakers Can and Should Take Better Care of Themselves
3 months ago

12 Ways Caretakers Can and Should Take Better Care of Themselves

Caretaker is a role many of us are taking on in our senior years, as our parents live longer and healthier lives. At some point, though, we can find ourselves in a role reversal, specifically when we’re responsible for or facilitating the care of aging parents with infirmities. Read More

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