When Career and Caregiving Collide

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  When MSNBC and NBC News anchor Richard Lui’s 80-year-old father, Stephen, gave his traditional opening prayer at the Lui clan’s annual Christmas dinner in 2013, the blessing was noticeably different from those he’d offered before. The prayer was shorter than usual, lacking his typical ceremonial flair. Stephen, a Presbyterian pastor, read part of the prayer verbatim […]

Tips for Calming Anger in Those who Suffer from Dementia

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Caregiver’s guide: How to control and calm down dementia patients when they are angry. By guest blogger, Erica Silva Most of us think that the only sign of dementia is when an aged individual finds it hard to remember information. However, the behavioral changes associated with the disease are vast and not limited to forgetfulness […]

Coping With Respite Care Guilt

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Respite care is a useful resource that can bring a much-needed break to a caregiver. Unfortunately, it can also be accompanied by guilt. By guest blogger, Lee Elliott   It’s completely normal for caregivers to experience the need for a periodic break from their duties. It’s also not uncommon for caregivers to face a feeling […]

Fueling Your Fat Fix: Forbidden Foods That Are Okay to Eat

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You may have been hearing for a while that fats should be back in our diets and on our plates. An overwhelming amount of research has confirmed that healthy fats contribute to overall good health. But this doesn’t give you permission to eat a steady diet of fast-food burgers and fries, or to use generous […]

How I Cracked the Case to Explain my Husband’s Hallucinations and Delusions

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When Mike and I met and married over 37 years ago, we were almost like the Brady Bunch times two. My five kids and his six daughters made for loud, but happy, family meals when we were all together. Like any family, we juggled the needs of our kids while working, me as a nurse, […]

Caregivers: How to Maintain your Health Despite this Taxing Job

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  Being a caregiver has its rewards, but it can certainly take its toll on someone’s body and mind.   Between the mental and physical strains, caregivers report such issues as insomnia, poor eating habits, a failure to take care of their own physical health whether that means not getting enough regular exercise or not taking […]

Tips From a Physical Therapy Pro for Improving Your Balance at Home

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  Did you hear Marge fell and broke her hip? Well, that’s common place as 1/3 of people age 65 or older experience a hard fall due to loss of balance (nihseniorhealth.gov). These falls can and often lead to serious injury and death. Many factors can contribute to balance and proprioception problems. These factors include […]

3 Ways to Help Seniors Live a Happier Life

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You’ve probably watched more than a fair share of TV shows or movies with the grumpy old senior acting as comedy relief. In real life, however, a sour senior isn’t so funny. If you have an aging parent or grandparent that is longing for the good old days, lonely or frustrated with their inability to perform […]

Growth and Lessons Learned from Being My Wife’s Caregiver

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  While my wife Rebecca lay in her hospital bed, the sterile feel of the hospital room and the alarms from her ventilator had become all too familiar. The shock had worn off from New Year’s Eve when they placed her in a chemically induced coma due to respiratory failure from cystic fibrosis. I would sit […]

Come Into My Room and Sit With Me – a poem by Peggy Raulie

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Peggy wrote this poem some years ago when she realized that visitors to loved-ones in various stages of decline did not really know what to talk about with them. Lots of people lose touch with their friends or family when they become ill or infirmed. mostly because they just don’t know what to say. Come […]

6 Things to Avoid When Caring for a Person with Dementia

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As we age, various health related issues begin to surface. Diseases related to memory loss are becoming increasingly more common and often develop in older adults. Dementia is a common chronic disease that strikes the older population mostly but is not limited to them. It can sometimes also develop in young people – in rare cases, […]

7 Tips to Help When Caring For a Loved One With Afib

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One of the conditions my father suffered with was atrial fibrillation or AFib.  He was on several medications for this condition, as well as having a pacemaker and implanted cardioverter defibrillator, which could be very scary at times. CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH AFIB Taking care of someone you love is an important job, but […]

Things I Have Learned While Cleaning Out Mom’s House

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Editor’s note: This was originally a Facebook post by my friend, Lisa Williamson Long. Her mother recently passed away and as usually happens after the loss of a loved one, she has been going through belongings.  Lisa’s sister, Kerry, was my best friend from 4th grade to the beginning of high school, so I knew […]

Empowering Patients to Understand Their Health

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Editors Note: This is a guest post by one of the founders of MedNexus. I wanted to share this new resource because there is so much incorrect information on the internet. This resource curates the best and most accurate articles so that the information presented to you when you search is much more reliable than […]

Life Settlements – A Powerful Tool for Caregivers

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  Caring for an aging loved one can be challenging at times. As an adult child and caregiver, some of the difficulties we encounter daily include having less time for other family members and yourself, balancing work and caregiving, and dealing with significant physical and mental stress. With so many emotional and physical challenges that […]

Don’t Give Up On Healthy Living – It’s Possible at Any Age!

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  The following article was written by my colleague, Dr. Daisy Sutherland. She is a chiropractor and an advocate for a healthy and wholistic lifestyle.  What is amazing about her is her recent transformation. At the age of 50, she was surprised to see herself so out of shape and set out to do something […]

Senior Citizens: 5 Reasons Moving into a Retirement Home is Better for Overall Health

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Today’s retirees are living longer and better lives than at any time in the history of mankind, and retirement residences reflect this trend. However, this lifestyle often falls short of its promises. Following are five reasons why moving into a retirement residence is better for the overall health and happiness of most senior citizens.   […]

Concerned about Recent Health Record Breaches? What the Future Holds for the Safety of Our Health Information

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A study done by researchers at the Stanford University found that between the years of 2010 in 2013, more than 29 million healthcare records were potentially misused and exposed to criminals. While some of the theft of healthcare records was the result of hacking, the study found that a good portion of the theft was […]