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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.

5 Reasons We Honor National Family Caregivers’ Month
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5 Reasons We Honor National Family Caregivers’ Month

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In the late 1970s, my aunt was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was married, raising her three children and working full-time when she was diagnosed. Read More

Is Halloween Too Scary for People with Dementia?
2 weeks ago

Is Halloween Too Scary for People with Dementia?

I’m not sure which was more exciting for my grandpa: having trick-or-treaters come to the door, or calling my mom the next morning to report how many he’d had. Read More

How to Have Positive Conversations with Elderly Parents
3 weeks ago

How to Have Positive Conversations with Elderly Parents

I was recently thinking about the first conversation I had with my Mom about how I could pitch in and help her out more. At the time, I wasn’t sure what that meant – and I most certainly didn’t know how to have such an important and serious discussion. Read More

Visiting a Loved One in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility: 10 Tips for Success
1 month ago

Visiting a Loved One in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility: 10 Tips for Success

Knowing how to visit someone in a nursing home or assisted living isn’t always easy. Some people make brief, stiff visits. Others just don’t visit because they want to avoid awkward moments. Read More

How Boomers Are Adapting to Life as the Club Sandwich Generation
1 month ago

How Boomers Are Adapting to Life as the Club Sandwich Generation

I had the pleasure of interviewing Lori Bitter, author of The Grandparent Economy, for our Caregiver Smile Summit. We explored the growing phenomenon of the Club Sandwich Generation, typically boomers taking care of older parents while also caring for Millennial kids and often grandchildren. Read More

7 Ways to Practice Emotional Self-Care as a Caregiver
2 months ago

7 Ways to Practice Emotional Self-Care as a Caregiver

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Having experienced tensions, along with some degree of emotional baggage is, in fact, part of the human experience. Yet, for some mothers, daughters, sons and spouses these rifts run so deep that there is little chance that either party is going to be able to put their differences aside even when care is needed. Read More

Taking Care of Your Elderly Parent in a Natural Disaster
2 months ago

Taking Care of Your Elderly Parent in a Natural Disaster

Watching live news coverage of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria filled me with dread. My mind wandered back to Hurricane Katrina. Important changes in disaster preparedness were adopted across the United States for skilled nursing facilities in the aftermath of Katrina. Read More

How Caregivers Can Provide Independence Without Sacrificing Safety
2 months 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
2 months 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 months 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

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