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 […]

Why Caregivers Should Wear Pretty Lingerie

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Let me ask you another question: would you be horrified if you were involved in an accident and your current state of lingerie affairs was there for the world to see? Well, that needs to change! I know what you’re going to say: ‘I’m not going to waste money on underwear. Why bother? No one […]

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 […]

Active Living Calendar Helps Seniors Live a More Active Life

There have been lots of articles lately suggesting that sitting is the new “smoking”.  A lot of us are living increasingly sedentary lifestyles, especially if we work at our desks all day. This post from Stannah Stairlifts  offers a printable activity tracking calendar and a plethora of ideas to help you keep active.  I just bought a […]

8,760 Hours – What Will You DO With Them This Year?

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How many times in 2016 did you find yourself saying “I don’t have time” whether it was time to read a book, prepare healthy meals, exercise, or visit with a friend? There are approximately 8,760 hours in a non-leap year. Reading that, it makes me cringe a bit to think that with that number of […]

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

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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 […]

Taking Care of You Too!

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Happy National Family Caregivers Month! The theme for the month this year is “Take Care to Give Care.” Part of taking care of yourself involves feeling good about yourself and your appearance. This can be hard! As caregivers, we may not get out to social gatherings and fun events constantly, but we do go out […]

Caregiving, Aging and Make-Up Application – Oh My!

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I haven’t worn much make-up for a very long time – usually, just mascara, a bit of blush and some lip gloss, because I rarely went anywhere “important”.  But now that I have joined a group of woman, I’m feeling compelled to wear a bit more again. I had heard that as we age, we […]

Thoughts on Turning 60

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  I turned 60 this past year and for the first time in my life, I felt OLD. When I turned 50, I was happy… happy to leave behind the constant worrying about appearance, and trying to impress everyone. I felt mature… but not old. This year I felt old. I can’t say it was […]

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

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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 […]

It’s Time for Your Annual Flu Vaccine!

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Having worked as a nurse for many years, I was compelled to get a flu vaccine each year. In fact, in many hospitals, it’s now mandatory to get one or be fired. Both of my parents received their yearly flu shots as soon as they were available and I have to admit that they were […]

Changing Your Perspective on Caregiving

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Have you ever thought that your life is so much worse than everyone else’s or that other people have all the luck? Maybe you’re more the type who thinks “I can’t” whenever faced with a challenge. You may think that life has dealt you a bad hand, but how you play those cards is up […]

Turn Your Bullet Journal Into A Memory Keeper

Turning Your Bullet Journal into a Memory Keeper

We’ve talked about family stories before and how important it is to gather as many as possible in order to share them with other family members as well as other generations. Although sometimes it seems to drag on and on, time really flies when you’re caregiving and it’s difficult to jot these stories down . […]

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 […]

Why You Should Reconsider Taking Prilosec for Your Heartburn Symptoms

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In February of this year, I read an article in The New York Times that caused me to gasp out loud: “Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk”.  Oh my gosh, I have been taking Prilosec (omeprazole) for over ten years and believing that it is a very safe medication with very few complications! As you […]

Clinical Trials Go Digital – Blood Pressure Trial From the Comfort of Your Home

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Earlier this week, CureClick, for whom I am an advisory board member, introduced a new type of trial set called called Digital Trials. This type of trial is important because it takes away the geography challenges of so many of the other trials being conducted. Digital trials will potentially allow researchers to enroll more study […]

Mid-Year Review

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  We have reached the middle of 2016! It is amazing how fast the year is moving.   Did you set goals for the year? Now is a good time to assess them. Have you made progress towards your goals? Do you feel they are still reasonable? Take a each of your goals and decide […]