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 […]

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

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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 […]

What is CBD Oil and Can it Help My Loved One or Me?

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Recently, there have been many questions in our caregivers support group on Facebook about using CBD oil to help with a loved one’s anxiety, insomnia, and different types of pain.  Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming increasingly popular because it has shown some positive effects in reducing seizures in children with brain tumors or certain syndromes. It has […]

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 […]

Lost Control

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When I was little, my mother would make excuses for the A’s on my report card as though I hadn’t earned them. I explained to a friend not long ago that because of this, after third grade I stopped showing the grade report to my mother. Being a mother herself, this appalled my friend. “Didn’t […]

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 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, […]

Warning About Dementia Drug Aricept

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  Aricept, or Donepezil in its generic form, is a drug given to help with Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. This post from Natural News discusses why it could have the exact opposite effect in some patients. Donepezil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States […]

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 […]

How To Be Your Parent’s Caregiver

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  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 […]

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

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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 […]