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.

5 months ago

9 Ways Solo Agers Can Create a Care Plan that Really Works

In a previous article, Building an Aging Alone Plan, I pointed out that living alone as we get older doesn’t support optimal health. And, if we’re smart, we’re building a strategy to create support and close ties. Another common theme…

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5 months ago

4 Tips for Successful Medication Management as a Family Caregiver

A few years ago, my father-in-law experienced a major medical crisis and as a result he was hospitalized. He was in intensive care for a time but eventually gained enough strength so that he was able to return home…

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6 months ago

Why Smart Technologies Are a Great Help to the Involved Caregiver

MIT AgeLab is conducting a series of surveys to understand changes in public attitudes and behaviors toward technologies. As they noted, “The pandemic has served as a propellant accelerating the adoption of devices and related services…

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6 months ago

3 Ways That Caregivers Can Handle Change and Face the New Normal

I was in my late 50s when I became a caregiver for my parents, so our family dynamic was pretty established. We were a family of strong personalities. Mom was the boss and controlled all the family matters. Dad was patient…

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6 months ago

How to Support a Person with Dementia When the Winter Weather Arrives

This month as the New Year started, the temperatures dropped and we had the first sign of snow. I had a call from an old school friend whose mother is affected by dementia. Agnes doesn’t live with her mother Diana, but she worries about…

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8 months ago

What Makes a Perfect Gift for a Caregiver: 4 Ideas You Can Consider This Christmas

Most of us have at least one or two caregivers in our lives. As the holidays arrive and gift lists are being made, we often come at a loss when we need to think of an appropriate gift for caregivers. I want to share 4 spectacular…

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8 months ago

Caring for Yourself While Caring for Another: 6 Critical Self-Care Practices

At some point in your life, you may be called to accept the role of caregiver for a dear friend or family member. And when you do, will you be prepared to make self-care a priority? My mom and I were very close and enjoyed a long…

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8 months ago

What to Do When Your Aging Parents Need Help: 7 Steps to Get Started

If your aging parents need help to stay safe and healthy, you’re probably feeling unsure about what to do. Focusing on something concrete helps you feel more in control of the situation. Use these seven steps to turn…

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8 months ago

Long-Distance Caregiving and Covid-19

With Covid-19, long-distance caregiving has become even more problematic. For instance, occasional visits that you used to have may have disappeared altogether. In-person visits are essential, though. So, if you are not there…

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9 months ago

Finding Purpose in Your Life After the Caregiving Is Over

Being a family caregiver can be both a full-time job and life’s sole purpose during its duration. One thing is certain, though: The cycle of life continues, and loved ones die. What then? How do you cope with the void?

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