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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.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on Elderly Care Options for Your Parents
1 month ago

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Deciding on Elderly Care Options for Your Parents

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If one or both of your parents is getting to the stage where they need elderly care, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with it all. Perhaps you have noticed they aren’t coping as well as they used to…
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Saying No to Caregiver Isolation Can Be the Beginning to the Fulfilling Life You Need
2 months ago

Saying No to Caregiver Isolation Can Be the Beginning to the Fulfilling Life You Need

After a full year of declining most social invitations, I was beginning to feel isolated. Choosing a good night’s sleep over a night out was an unusual habit for someone who usually loves spending time with family and friends…
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10 Fun Things to Do with Someone in a Nursing Home or Assisted Living Facility
2 months ago

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

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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 visit next gives them something to look forward to. Read More

Caregiving Is All About Boundaries – Do You Know How to Set Them?
2 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…
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3 Tips to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home: It May Take Some Effort but Is Worth the Safety It Provides!
2 months ago

3 Tips to Creating a Dementia-Friendly Home: It May Take Some Effort but Is Worth the Safety It Provides!

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Dementia does not look the same for everyone, and oftentimes, we do not know how symptoms will transpire in each person until after they’ve occurred. More people are hoping to live in their homes…
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How to Look After Your Elderly Parents Without Taking Away Their Independence
2 months ago

How to Look After Your Elderly Parents Without Taking Away Their Independence

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There comes a time in most of our lives when we must take on the role of caregiver. For many of us, that time comes when our elderly parents can no longer look after themselves as well as they once did…
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Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia
3 months ago

Making Memories While Visiting Friends and Family with Dementia

“I’m Losing My Mind”

When my mother began to lose her memory, she laughed about it. “Sometimes I feel like my brain is made of Swiss cheese,” she’d say, “and I keep putting my keys in one of the holes.” Read More

5 Reasons that Gardens Are So Important for People with Dementia
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. Read More

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

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

As part of our ongoing Caregiver Smile Summit, I recently 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…
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How Caregiving Taught Me the Need to Plan for Aging
4 months ago

How Caregiving Taught Me the Need to Plan for Aging

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You may have taken care of an older relative in the past, but odds are, you’re a caregiver right now. If that’s the case, I say, “Good on you, and congratulations for stepping up.” Read More