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.

4 weeks ago

How I Learned to Practice Patience as a Caregiver

I’m not a patient woman by nature. I’ve never gone slowly and carefully into things but run full bore ahead. One of my mottos is, “If all else fails, read the directions.” When I start something new, I want to go to the last chapter first…

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1 month ago

When Love Isn’t Enough – What to Ask of Family Caregivers

On a recent long flight, I happened across a better than average film amongst the airline’s offerings. It gave me pause to consider how adamant I might be in making my wishes known about health care when I can no longer care for myself…

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2 months ago

Worried About Your Parents Being Elderly Drivers? How to Know When They Should Stop

Are you worried about the safety of your elderly parents driving? It’s common for adult children to start worrying about an aging parent’s driving skills. It can, however, be tough to start that conversation. It’s a sensitive topic, especially for older adults…

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2 months ago

Your Loved One Was Diagnosed with Dementia: How to Take Care of You

Being a caregiver comes with its challenges and rewards, especially when you are placed in the unexpected position of caring for a relative or loved one diagnosed with dementia. When a loved one cognitively declines, the question is not whether…

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3 months ago

10 Fun Things to Do with Someone in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility

When a loved one lives in a nursing home or assisted living, visiting regularly is an important way to stay connected and show how much you care. Spending time with you will brighten their day and knowing when you’ll…

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3 months ago

The Self-Defense of Caregivers – Using Martial Arts Principles to Regain Your Footing as a Caregiver

Caregiving can often feel like a full-contact sport, and all too many caregivers find themselves under siege by other family members and even the ones to whom they provide care. This sense of attack drives caregivers either into despair or…

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3 months ago

My Father’s an Exhibitionist – What to Do When a Parent Acts Out

I spoke to Dr. Pamela Pitman Brown, a credentialed professional gerontologist and a fellow in the Academy of Gerontology, about the topic of inappropriate sexual behaviors displayed by a loved one in the throes of dementia…

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3 months ago

Care Conversations – When and How to Have Them

Having a conversation about preparing for aging with mom or dad can be challenging. Heck, having them with a spouse is not a breeze either. Topics like finances, insurance, wills, estate planning, living situations, care and treatment plans…

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3 months ago

5 Reasons that Gardens Are So Important for People with Dementia

Summer is here, so it’s time to get going in the garden and look forward to being outside more. As a dementia professor, I know how important gardens are for people with dementia. They offer health benefits that can reduce the symptoms…

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3 months ago

Feeling Unappreciated as a Caregiver? Here Are 11 Ways to Cope

A caregiver’s sacrifice often goes unappreciated. Feeling unappreciated when you do so much to care for your older adult is a common issue in caregiving. Not feeling valued increases resentment and stress, eventually leading to burnout…

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