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

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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 […]

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 […]