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 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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5 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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5 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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5 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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5 months ago

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

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…

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6 months ago

6 Ways to Advocate for Seniors and Provide Support During a Hospital Stay

A stay in the hospital can be confusing, scary and painful. When an older adult is seriously ill, or after a medical emergency, they need extra support during their hospital stay…

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6 months ago

Need It Now: Skills-Based Training for Caregivers

Given the critical nature of caregiving and the skills required, can you actually teach someone to be a family caregiver? After all, there are so many learning platforms out there, surely, you can tune in somewhere and get the knowledge you need to succeed, right?

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6 months ago

How the 5 Senses Can Help Loved Ones Living with Dementia

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…

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6 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. Let me explain…

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8 months ago

The Very Real Problem of Dying

“I’ve had my three score years and ten. I really can’t complain – all the rest is extra.” These are the words of my father a few years before he died. The number these days – probably even then – might not be exactly right when calculating the average…

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