Looking back at 95 years of eldercare

Things have changed a lot in the US during my grandmother's lifetime. My grandmother retired before I was born. Usually the people I remember as having been "old" during my childhood turn out to have been slightly older than I am now. Not so with my last remaining...

Let’s Stay Connected

Our lives are so busy these days; we’re cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, planning parties, and working. Not to mention all the time we are spending at the gym. With our fast pace lives, this leaves little time for family. How many times have we seen someone...

The Caregiver Badge of Honor

As I continue to process what it means to be a caregiver and meet countless others who share similar experiences, I can’t help but see a badge of honor adorned on their chest. No, it is not a medal bestowed to us by other mortals, but a badge bestowed from a higher...

All caregivers deserve support

I've been watching our Facebook page get taken over by a bunch of school yard bullies over the past few months. It's a pretty confusing thing to see for a support group. Living in Florida, I've gotten an up close and personal view of Trump lighting people up. It's...

Psychosis in Parkinson’s

Now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope. One night without warning, Jay Sagen leapt from his bed and grabbed the quilt, then...

No one here cares how you voted

We have a huge, vibrant community of caregivers. People are experiencing a whole range of emotions about the changes happening to the health insurance landscape in the US. Regardless of who you voted for (if you voted), I bet you want affordable, quality health care...

Managing Conflict Between Siblings

Caregiving requires a lot from a person and takes its toll on everything, including family relationships. No one knows this more than the siblings tasked with the care of Mom and Dad. From sibling rivalries to dividing tasks, caring for one’s parents with one’s...

Healing the divide

Every day, hundreds of Israeli volunteers drive ill Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to hospitals in Israel. Shaul Adar joins them on the road and learns why they see their neighbourly help as a step on the journey to peaceful coexistence. At 6.30am,...

How healthcare is really practiced in the US

Introducing Vital Signs, from ProPublica ProPublica has accumulated a wealth of data about how medicine is really practiced in the U.S. We’ve got millions of data points on things we believe everyone should know about his or her providers, like whether they’ve been...

How To Manage and Organize Activities of Daily Living

As Our Loved Ones Age All things considered, aging is a natural process that affects our daily living and self-care. We recognize that with old age, many problems and disease condition set in, making it difficult for loved ones to carry out their basic activities of...

Be careful what you ask for

John was a highly successful civil engineer and a loving husband. He was by nature a real go-getter. And so when his wife was told that she would need complicated heart surgery for a dysfunctional heart valve, he went into full throttle. They arranged to have her...

Talking about eldercare

Are you thinking it's time to schedule a family meeting to talk about your aging parents? Don't do it. via GIPHY I'm really comfortable talking about caregiving and I love my family, but the thought of sitting down with them all at once to discuss it stresses me out....

Selling the family home in a down market

Here's a tough situation quite a few caregivers find themselves in: being responsible for selling a home that's not in great shape. What do you do when no one seems interested in buying and you can't afford to keep it? Q My sister and I inherited the house we grew up...

Carrying Out Caregiver Duties Without Burning Out

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, nearly 20% of the U.S. adult population has taken on some form of family caregiver duties. Not only does full-time care demand time and resources, but it is evidently harmful to the health of the caregiver. In fact,...

What does it mean to be resilient?

Resilience isn't being impervious to hard times, it's the ability to recover from difficulties. [Tweet "Become a stronger version of yourself"] When you're caring for someone who verbally abusive or requires every moment of your attention, it's incredibly emotionally...

Book Review: Connecting Caregivers

Connecting Caregivers: Answers to the Questions You Didn’t Know You Needed to Ask Edited by Linda Burhans 198 pages, Skylar Thomas Publishing (June 1, 2016)   Connecting Caregivers is a collection of writings by experts in the fields of aging, dementia, home care...

Identify the Sources of Caregiver Stress

Being a family caregiver is stressful. Unless action is taken, stress will continue to build. Family members, even the loved one you’re caring for, may not understand your stress.  Some family members may think you’re exaggerating. What’s all the fuss about? “I’m not...

My husband is dying and I don’t know myself

I spend a lot of time thinking about hospice care these days. As my husband's health declined it was as if we could hear the clock ticking more loudly. All the plans we'd made for growing old, the life we'd imagined, was not going to happen. If our lives were a movie,...

Ten-Year Anniversary is a Life Marker

“The 10th anniversary of Helen’s death is coming up,” I told my husband. “I think we should do something significant—write a large check to the food bank or the public library.” John nodded his head in agreement. Helen died from the injuries she received in a car...

Podcasts to help you get to sleep

Getting to sleep when you're dealing with the stress and anxiety of caregiving -- and anticipating your next interruption -- is no easy feat. Luckily, there are podcasts to help you slip back into slumber. Here are a few I've tried and found helpful. Sleep With Me: A...

Retail Savings Guide for People with Disabilities

In this guide, let's look at ways those with disabilities can stretch their dollars. The purpose here is not to portray anyone as “less than” or “needing special help.” For us, the bottom line is “If you can save money, why not do it?” We just want to make sure you...

Clearing out the clutter

When a loved one dies, we often go into cleaning mode. There is an urge to bring order to a world that has been turned upside down. I began cleaning out my mother's condo the same day that she died. I was desperate to stay busy, to wear my body out with exhaustion as...

31 tips for future-proofing your home

Taking preventive steps to help reduce the risks of injuries sustained from falls and slips can improve a senior’s quality of life. Aging adults can make accommodations to their home by age proofing their home to minimize future in-home accidents.  Age-proofing a home...