Caregivers Advocating for Change

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Since becoming a caregiver, you may have discovered you have a passionate dislike for the disease or condition that caused you to become a caregiver. No disease is “liked” but generally they aren’t on our radar until there is a reason for it to be there. I would make a donation to a cause if […]

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 […]

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 Ways Seniors Can Save Money on Prescriptions in 2017

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    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #PartDatWalgreens. The opinions and text are all mine. When my father came to live with me, I was surprised at how well he researched Medicare and its different coverages. I accompanied him to meetings held by different insurance companies explaining to him […]

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 […]

Product Review: FreshAlarm-5 Alarm Voice Timer

FreshAlarm-5 Alarm Voice Timer

How can you help someone and yet maintain their independence, and yours? This was a question I faced one day when my husband misunderstood the time and showed up for a class early. The next day he asked me to stay home to make sure he left on time for an appointment, not early or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Plan Ahead Now for the Next Few Months

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It’s hard to believe it’s already October. Every month will now bring occasions to plan for and celebrate. Frankly, I just about hyperventilate when I read the posts on Facebook about how many Mondays until Christmas! I really don’t want to hear that! What I want to discuss is preparing for the holidays, but not […]

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 […]

6 Things to Avoid When Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for a Person with Dementia

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, […]

DisputeBills – Save Money With a Service That Finds Errors in Medical Bills

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Recently, I was contacted by a representative from Disputebills. Their stated mission is to reduce each of their customer’s healthcare cost per year by 20% or more through their bundled services.  I thought it might be worth a look. Disputebills is a national brand based in Chicago,IL. Today their core service is medical bill reduction, focusing on bill […]

Weeds in Nana’s Garden: a book review

Weeds in Nana's Garden

Weeds in Nana’s Garden is a beautifully written and illustrated story that helps explain Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias to children. Newly published, both the writing and the illustrations were done by Canadian author, Kathryn Harrison. It’s just gorgeous! I especially love the comparison of Alzheimer’s Disease to weeds in a garden. “Alzheimer’s is a […]

Top Tips for the Working Caregiver: Tips for a Successful Leave of Absence

Tips for the working caregiver

  Working caregivers do a lot of juggling with their employment responsibilities and their caregiving responsibilities – not to mention any other responsibilities such as kids, spouse, school or finances! It all becomes a lot to juggle and can be very stressful.   There are times when a caregiving situation gets so critical that a […]

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

Caring for a parent with Afib

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 […]

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 […]