Do You Need a Geriatric Care Manager?

Closeup of elderly woman with female geriatric care manager

As I travel around the country doing presentations on caregiving-related topics common themes that arise are people not knowing how to assess what their aging loved ones need and where to find the right services. There are an estimated 43 million people in the U.S. currently helping at least one of their parents according to […]

What Does It Really Means to be a Caregiver?

young woman with arms around shoulders of a senior

November has been deemed the month we openly celebrate National Family Caregivers according to the Caregiver Action Network. This annual celebration of those that assume this role begin 1994. The theme chosen this year by the Caregiver Action Network is “Caregiving Around the Clock.” Former President Barack Obama spoke of the role of caregivers. He […]

How Humor Can Help Us as Caregivers

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We usually don’t use the words humor and caregiving in the same sentence. One could easily argue that caregiving is not very funny. However, humor can be a secret and wonderful coping mechanism to rely on at times when laughter does not seem like an option. I was my father’s caregiver and I became concerned […]

11 Ways to Help People Who Have Dementia but Don’t Realize it

Young carer walking with the elderly woman in the park

Being a caregiver for someone who has a memory deficit can be extremely challenging. It becomes even more difficult when that person is unaware of their dementia or any other limitations associated with it. Dementia can directly impact a person’s ability to follow directions, can compromise their safety,  impedes problem-solving and abstract reasoning. It can […]

Important Tips When Caring for a Spouse or Partner

Affectionate senior husband giving his disabled wife a kiss on the cheek. Isolated on white.

The relationship between every couple is unique.  There are moments when you rely on each other for comfort and support. Responsibilities are shared and your daily routine becomes carved out and the norm. When a catastrophic illness occurs these boundaries and norms are upended and these norms no longer apply.  A 2015 report released by […]

How to Assess if the Seniors in Your Life Should Stop Driving

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My father was in his eighties and still driving. I had driven with him and knew he was driving way below the speed limit. I also knew he was not as aware of his environment as he should be. It was the kind of situation where I was afraid he would be the cause of […]

How To Be Your Parent’s Caregiver

Senior Lady Holding Hands with Younger Caregiver

  There are many people who are currently caregivers for their parents. The National Alliance for Caregiving reports “over 65.7 million Americans currently provide care for a family member or loved. Thirty Six percent of them are caring for an elderly parent.” It is a challenging transition when the person who took care of you […]

Coping With Agitation and Aggression as a Caregiver

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One of the most challenging aspects of caregiving is managing agitation or aggression from the person you are taking care of. These are two distinctly different behaviors. Agitation stems from anxiety, fear, or confusion. It is a restless state where it is difficult to calm down. Aggression refers to behaviors that include unrestrained physical or […]

How to Assess When Your Aging Loved Ones May Be at Risk?

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There may come a time when the ability to independently walk, dress, cook, or bathe becomes increasingly challenging for an aging loved one. How do you assess if it is safe for them to remain in their home without any assistance? There are some warning signs to watch for in the home that may indicate […]

3 Things I Learned About Aging While Serving as My Father’s Caregiver

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My father passed away almost 2 years ago at age 97. Much to our chagrin, while in his eighties he was still climbing on his roof to clean the gutters and he shoveled snow. I suddenly found myself in the role of caregiver when he unexpectedly caught pneumonia at age 96. Life-threatening complications occurred from […]

Taking Care of Yourself as You Assume the Role of a Caregiver

Granddaughter helping her disabled grandmother walk with the aid of a walker.

According to AARP and the National Caregiver Alliance , the average caregiver is a 49 year old woman caring for a 69 year old relative. In addition to being a caregiver she is married with her own children and is working. The study says the caregiving role lasts an average of 4 years. Being a caregiver […]

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Patients and LifestyleTips to Protect Your Brain

Group of laughing seniors in a coffeehouse

August was an exciting month in terms of releasing new information on fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  ABC news reported on a “new class of medication called gamma-secretase modulators.” This medicine focuses on altering beta amyloid plaque that produces Alzheimer’s symptoms. Clinical trials are underway and offering very positive results. The August 22, 2016 issue of Time Magazine […]

5 Important Things You Need to Know When Caring for a Parent

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  As your parents age, you may begin to notice changes in their physical or mental capacities. Sometimes these changes are quick when a medical problem occurs. They may occur slowly over the passage of time. If you are geographically distant you may not be aware there are problems until a crisis arises. When you […]

Coping With the Grief Caused by the Loss of an Aging Parent

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  It doesn’t matter how old you are when you lose a parent. It is always hard. When you lose a parent regardless of your relationship you will have strong feelings about their death. My father died when I was 60. I still felt like an orphan. Connections to our parents are strong. You have […]

4 Huge Risks for Seniors Living Alone

Senior man in front of staircase

  We all know seniors who are determined to continue to live on their own. Many of them are  capable and successfully independent. For a variety of reasons, there are still many seniors over the age of 65 who continue to be at risk while living alone. Many don’t have the financial means, family, friends, […]

Building a Support Network for Your Aging Loved Ones

Senior woman with her caregiver at home

   Caregiving is a job best done when people are proactive in their planning. It involves time, patience, and good communication among the participants. If these elements are in place the odds of success are greater. How to Be Proactive Nobody likes to talk about illness or death. It is important for aging seniors and […]