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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.

10 Caregiver Tips to Use if You Are Feeling a Little Overwhelmed
6 months ago

10 Caregiver Tips to Use if You Are Feeling a Little Overwhelmed

I signed up for my caregiving journey quickly. My strong, healthy, WWII-hero Dad had to be taken off an airplane in a wheelchair. He had gotten so sick during the flight the attendants were concerned for his well-being. Read More

Caregiving and Care Receiving Equal Resilience in Action
6 months ago

Caregiving and Care Receiving Equal Resilience in Action

As you know, fear and stress on the body can accumulate over time. It imprints in ways that you may not be prepared for, through the subtle and cumulative impressions of our experiences on our body and mind. It does not feel good at all. Read More

How I Learned to Practice Patience as a Caregiver
6 months 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.” Read More

My Top 3 Tips for Managing Caregiver Anger
7 months ago

My Top 3 Tips for Managing Caregiver Anger

My Mom, who had been diagnosed with dementia, was leaning up against the sink in the bathroom. Her soapy hands were under running water. I was reaching around her trying to gently use a nail brush to clean under her nails; she’d just had another accident and her hands and nails were a mess. Read More

Caregiving Is All About Boundaries – Do You Know How to Set Them?
7 months ago

Caregiving Is All About Boundaries – Do You Know How to Set Them?

Advice about creating healthy boundaries fills entire sections of bookstores. I guess that’s because determining how to set and apply healthy boundaries in real life is challenging. As a couple, my mom and dad established their own…
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3 Tips for Helping Your Dying Loved One Make End-of-Life Plans
7 months ago

3 Tips for Helping Your Dying Loved One Make End-of-Life Plans

Maria and Arthur are coming towards the end of their lives. They are a couple I know, who raised four children, had vibrant and dynamic careers at the prime of their lives, lived in different countries and made a very positive and significant contribution to the world in various ways. Read More

The Self Defense of Caregivers – Using Martial Arts Principles to Regain Your Footing as a Caregiver
9 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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10 Activities Your Kids Can Do with a Loved One Who Is Living with Dementia – Even When They Can’t Attend in Person
10 months ago

10 Activities Your Kids Can Do with a Loved One Who Is Living with Dementia – Even When They Can’t Attend in Person

The relationship between a child and a person living with dementia can be very enriching for both. In our Caregiver Summit, I interviewed Kathryn Harrison…
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How We Take Extra Care for Dogs – and Each Other – in My CCRC
10 months ago

How We Take Extra Care for Dogs – and Each Other – in My CCRC

Before the recent restrictions on socializing, every night after dinner in my community’s main building, an older gentleman sat in a wing chair opposite the central elevator, holding a bag of dog treats…
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What Do Nursing Homes Do That Hotels Don’t?
11 months ago

What Do Nursing Homes Do That Hotels Don’t?

You may have seen an email, social media post, or cartoon that tells you how crazy you’d be to go to a nursing home. Hotels are cheaper and they have swimming pools…
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