What Does It Really Means to be a Caregiver?

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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 […]

Tips for Calming Anger in Those who Suffer from Dementia

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Caregiver’s guide: How to control and calm down dementia patients when they are angry. By guest blogger, Erica Silva Most of us think that the only sign of dementia is when an aged individual finds it hard to remember information. However, the behavioral changes associated with the disease are vast and not limited to forgetfulness […]

8 Ways to Find Respite Care and Get a Break From Caregiving

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If you are a caregiver, you know that you absolutely need a break from time-to-time in order to keep your sanity.  This post from Caring.com provides 8 ways to get occasional or regular backup help for a few hours, a few days, or longer.  I used several of these options myself while caring for my […]

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 […]

Important Tips When Caring for a Spouse or Partner

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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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  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 […]

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 […]

Spring Planning for the Caregiver!

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It’s spring! If it isn’t yet, it will soon be time to open the windows and let in a nice breeze. It’s time to transition your home and your life from winter to spring. It’s time to start planning for the summer months.   Will you be having house guests this summer? Will you be […]

Personlity Traits of a Great In-home Caregiver

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When hiring in a caregiver for a parent or loved one, it’s difficult to know what kind of person to hire. Let’s face it, caregivers from agencies are not well paid and tend to not be well educated either. Agencies do their best to find good employees to carry out their caregiving assignments but we […]

Cut Yourself Some Slack!

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Everyone is busy these days. We work, are parents, spouses, siblings, adult children, friends, pet parents, and volunteers. And then one day, we also become a caregiver.   Like parenting, there is no training for this. We are not raised with the expectation that one day our role will be caregiver for someone with a […]

Caregiving Tips for the First-Time Caregiver

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We asked our Caregivers Connect Facebook group what their best tip for new caregivers would be and we received over 120 answers!  We were not surprised to see that “have patience” was a popular answer and while many offered the advice that “caring for yourself ” is important, some admitted that they don’t always have […]

5 Ways to Use the Vimtag Wireless Security and Surveillance Camera

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In December of last year, I wrote about my first experience with the Vimtag “Nanny Cam”.  Since that time, my mom has left me and moved to an independent living residency in Canada, thus removing my need for the camera.   Or so, I thought. The Vimtag can be used in many other ways, as […]