When caregiving means selling your home

Few people expect helping a family member to require them to become a bit of a tax expert, but many of us find ourselves navigating major financial decisions. Your real estate attorney or financial advisor may not offer up information about the tax breaks you're due...

Let’s come together as caregivers

As America becomes more and more fractured, caregiving is one thing that can bring us together. The burden of caregiving is inescapable. Rural, urban, suburban, caregiving cuts across geographic divides. No political affiliation is immune to illness, disability, or...

The 6 issues family caregivers face

When it comes to eldercare, America is facing a disconnect between fantasy and fact. That’s the theme for the new book Eldercare Confidential: Cautionary Tales for Adult Caregivers and Caretakers of Parents and Spouses. “We all have this idea of an eldercare...

Music Can Be A Major Key To Therapeutic Healing

Music plays a significant role in nearly everyone’s life, but for some people it represents much more than an invitation to dance or a soundtrack for the morning commute. Researchers have found that music therapy provides a diversion from negative feelings and helps...

3 Ways To Talk With Aging Parents About Finances

One benefit of the increasing life expectancies for Americans is that more people have bonus years for enjoying the company of their aging parents. But all is not rosy. Those extended years also boost the odds that parents could go broke or suffer from dementia and be...

How diabetes affects wound healing

Caring for a loved one living with diabetes is quite a responsibility and when it comes to the approximately 29.1 million people living with diabetes in the U.S., it’s important to know the types of complications your loved one may face as a result of the disease....

IFTTT for caregivers

If this, then that is a handy little free tool to automate tasks. This isn't an app that's going to take up a bunch of your time -- I use IFTTT every day, but I only log into my account once a year or so. Set it and forget it. Here are some tasks you might find...

Understanding your elderly parents finances

I remember when I was first tasked with figuring how the finances would work for our family to assist with caregiving. Social Security, Medicare, Long Term Care; the reality was daunting. I didn’t even have enough work history or income to qualify for these benefits...

Veteran Care Starts With Caregiving

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), family members and friends who care for veterans spend, on average, more than 20 hours a week taking care of their loved one. This may take a heavy toll on caregivers, but there is help and assistance for...

A guide to end-of-life Medicaid planning

Just as we all made plans about whether we wanted to go to college, what college we wanted to go to, and how we would pay for it, so too, as we age, we need to plan for retirement and beyond, when that time comes to pass. Long-term care and, ultimately passing on, is...

Caregiver Burnout and Respite Services

Caregiving is a difficult role. It’s filled with unexpected challenges, as well as physical and emotional turmoil that can lead to poor health. When you’re the primary caregiver to an aging loved one, their wellbeing is at the top of your priority list. However,...

Coping With Grief During the Holidays

Holidays are often considered a time for celebrating. We honor traditions and reminisce about past holidays and the people we shared them with.  The very thing we love about holidays can be the source of pain and renewed grief if someone we love is no longer with us...

When The Blues Won’t Let You Be

Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants. The 73-year-old musician rattles off the list: Prozac, Cymbalta, Lexapro. “I’ve been on a bunch,” she...

How to Discuss Finances with Seniors

Being a caregiver comes with many challenges, whether you’re caring for a relative or a paying client. Caregivers who are relatives often take on the responsibility of managing their charge’s finances, which can be a complicated and frustrating process for all...

Healthy holiday treats

The holidays are a time for indulgence, but not all of us are at liberty to indulge. Don't skip the holiday fun! Try one of these healthier options to celebrate the holidays. Snowman porridge Porridge plus blueberries, chocolate chips, and strawberries. Or whatever...

Simple Ways Technology Can Help Caregivers

Caregivers of the world: help is closer and more affordable than you might think. Despite daily technological innovations, it’s still easy to picture technology as a pricy luxury that only top hospitals or millionaires can afford to employ. Thankfully, that isn’t the...