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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.

Embracing Elder Care: The Next Generation of Talented, Passionate Women
1 year ago

Embracing Elder Care: The Next Generation of Talented, Passionate Women

By  •  Caregiving

We rarely take time to dwell on this, but at some future point, many of us will need assistance as physical disabilities, chronic illness, frailty, or dementia take hold. Read More

Where Did She Get That Red Hair? And Other Things We Need to Ask Our Elderly Parents Now
1 year ago

Where Did She Get That Red Hair? And Other Things We Need to Ask Our Elderly Parents Now

It happens every time: I come to a senior assisted living facility to do a workshop on telling life stories. I enter a room filled with seniors in varying degrees of ability. Some are in wheelchairs, some have caregivers, some clearly can’t hear or see very well. Read More

5 Useful Tips for Navigating Dementia After 60 – The Advice of a Caring Daughter
1 year ago

5 Useful Tips for Navigating Dementia After 60 – The Advice of a Caring Daughter

In the past months, I have been navigating the rough and turbulent waters of dementia, trying to cope with the changes I observe in my mother’s behavior. Read More

5 Considerate Tips to Help You Decorate for the Holidays – Caregiving Style
1 year ago

5 Considerate Tips to Help You Decorate for the Holidays – Caregiving Style

Yes, it is fall, which means we are approaching the holiday season. The retail stores are crowded with holiday decorations, which, ultimately, poses the question, “Should we decorate our living space when we are a caregiver?” Read More

3 Things to Keep an Eye Out For When Visiting Your Elderly Relatives During the Holidays
1 year ago

3 Things to Keep an Eye Out For When Visiting Your Elderly Relatives During the Holidays

Before you know it, the holiday rush will be upon us. Often, for adult children, it is one of the few times they get to see mom and dad during the year. Families can be separated by distance (and much more) and caregiving from afar can be difficult, stressful and time-consuming. Read More

3 Tips (You May Have Ignored) to Help You Deal with Long Distance Caregiving
1 year ago

3 Tips (You May Have Ignored) to Help You Deal with Long Distance Caregiving

There are millions of long-distance caregivers, and the numbers are growing every day. Distances vary, though loved ones who need care may live in another state or even another country. My parents lived in the same state but 90 miles away. It was a 2-hour commute each way for me.  Read More

Taking Your Loved One to the Doctor? Don’t Forget this Caregiver Checklist
1 year ago

Taking Your Loved One to the Doctor? Don’t Forget this Caregiver Checklist

Do you help take your parents to their doctor’s appointments? If you’re a woman over 50 in the United States, chances are high that you do.

While the average age of a family caregiver is around 49, over a third of all family caregivers are actually over 65. In addition to helping with daily tasks like shopping, giving medicine and preparing food, family caregivers often tend to transportation to doctor’s appointments as well. Read More

Don’t Know What to Say to a New Caregiver? Here Are 5 Supportive Things to Say
1 year ago

Don’t Know What to Say to a New Caregiver? Here Are 5 Supportive Things to Say

Have you noticed that sometimes people don’t speak to disabled or ill persons because they don’t really know what to say? The same is true about caregivers. If friends don’t know exactly what to say to us, sometimes they say nothing at all. Read More

How the Arts Can Reduce Anxiety and Be of Emotional Benefit to Older People
1 year ago

How the Arts Can Reduce Anxiety and Be of Emotional Benefit to Older People

Createquity is an online think tank that helps make sense of the news and research in the arts world. Their review of the evidence that connects the arts with our emotions reveals four things: Read More

5 Ways to Combat Feelings of Loneliness as a Caregiver
1 year ago

5 Ways to Combat Feelings of Loneliness as a Caregiver

Caregivers are usually dependable, persistent, detailed, vigilant – and seemingly tireless. But not many people would characterize caregivers as lonely. Yet as a caregiver, I have experienced many periods of loneliness. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel the same way. Read More