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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.

The Self Defense of Caregivers – Using Martial Arts Principles to Regain Your Footing as a Caregiver
4 weeks 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
2 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
2 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?
3 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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9 Ways Solo Agers Can Create a Care Plan that Really Works
3 months ago

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

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In last month’s 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 …
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Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being
6 months ago

Holiday Connections or Conflict – Delve into the Spirit with a Care Culture of Well-Being

“It’s so difficult to find the right gifts for loved-ones because what we really want for the holidays – connection, hope, faith, joy, wonder, magic – can’t be found on the shelves or on-line…”
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Celebrating the Important Role of Semi-Caregivers
7 months ago

Celebrating the Important Role of Semi-Caregivers

In recent years, we have all become conscious of the hidden army of people known as ‘carers’ (‘caregivers’ in the US). These are the people who look after a frail (or confused) family member or friend…
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How to Proactively Prepare Your Work Environment for a Potential Caregiver Crisis
7 months ago

How to Proactively Prepare Your Work Environment for a Potential Caregiver Crisis

Elizabeth Miller, a speaker at my third Caregiver Smile Summit, spoke to me about preparing for the inevitable caregiver crisis while you are at work. She is a family caregiver, certified caregiving consultant…
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Caregiving 101: Using the Internet to Learn What We Never Learned in School
7 months ago

Caregiving 101: Using the Internet to Learn What We Never Learned in School

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I don’t think the phrase “leg bag” was ever part of my husband’s and my vocabulary when we were newly-wed several decades ago. But it was just one more thing we learned over the course of his treatment for a stubborn…
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Aging Alone and the Importance of Self-Care
7 months ago

Aging Alone and the Importance of Self-Care

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It feels like it was yesterday I was helping my parents with their care needs while working a full-time job. Today, I’m the one who has grown older and occasionally needs help, but unlike my parents…
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