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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.

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes
6 days ago

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes

By  •  Family

Have you ever spent time with someone in their last days? Was it intimate, peaceful and special – or was it full of intrusive hospital equipment, harried nurses, physical pain and no chance to talk? Read More

Break the Silence in Their Golden Years: Give Your Aging Parent the Gift of Music
1 month ago

Break the Silence in Their Golden Years: Give Your Aging Parent the Gift of Music

I was talking with my friend Deb today. She recently shared my CD Songs You Know by Heart
with her mom. The CD is loaded with 18 old-time favorites and includes hits like You Are My Sunshine, Side by Side and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. She was sure her mom would love it. Read More

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One
1 month ago

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One

By  •  Family

Last year I experienced one of the great, unexpected joys of grand-motherhood. One lunchtime I introduced my then 18-month old grandson to my meatballs. Read More

6 Actionable Steps to Combat Caregiver Stress
1 month ago

6 Actionable Steps to Combat Caregiver Stress

By  •  Family

Stress is a normal part of life for most people, but for those who’ve taken on the responsibility of taking care of an elderly loved one, the strain can quickly take its toll.

In fact, research consistently shows how the emotional and physical burden of caregiving, along with the uncertainty it brings, means caregivers are far likelier to develop chronic stress than non-caregivers. Read More

Finding Cherished Memories Through Nostalgic Music
2 months ago

Finding Cherished Memories Through Nostalgic Music

My mom died when I was 35 years old. She was only 58. She’s been gone a long time now and sadly, memories do have a way of fading. Here’s one memory I do have. And it comes to me whenever I hear a certain song. Read More

How the 5 Senses Can Help Loved Ones Living with Dementia
2 months ago

How the 5 Senses Can Help Loved Ones Living with Dementia

By  •  Family

Our memories mean so much to us. They provide us with a sense of self and stand as a reminder of the journey we have taken in this life. And the memories we share with the people closest to us become an intricate piece of our identity. Read More

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care
2 months ago

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Assisted Living vs. In-Home Care

By  •  Family

Deciding between assisted living and in-home care is a tough choice.

When your parent or spouse needs assistance in their daily life, the first thing to do is understand the situation and create a realistic plan to help them live safely and comfortably. Read More

Choosing a Care Home: 5 Tips, Based on Real-World Experiences
2 months ago

Choosing a Care Home: 5 Tips, Based on Real-World Experiences

By  •  Family

There are lots of reasons why choosing a care home can be fraught with emotion. Often, people find themselves looking for one when there’s a crisis. Read More

4 Things You Need to Know About a New Dementia Diagnosis
2 months ago

4 Things You Need to Know About a New Dementia Diagnosis

The recent PBS documentary, Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts, sounded an alarm and a wakeup call to the devastation being caused by dementia, including Alzheimer’s. As more and more people become impacted, it’s important to help family members, including children and the community-at-large, understand the disease so everyone knows how they can help.  Read More

7 Practical Tips for Talking to Someone with Dementia
3 months ago

7 Practical Tips for Talking to Someone with Dementia

Growing up, it felt as though we spent most Sundays visiting my Grandma in a nursing home. Some days she would be angry and combative. Others times she appeared listless and disinterested. Read More