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...

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...

Happy and Mobile in Old Age

As we grow old, our bodies and immune system becomes weak and we get prone to developing various health issues. In addition to the possibility of developing various diseases commonly associated with old age, such as dementia, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases,...

Getting seniors online for fun and learning

When disabilities or memory impairment make going out more difficult, seniors can feel like they're not able to do the things they love anymore. Going online can help them stay social, learn new things, and have fun without the hassle of going out. That is, of course,...

How to ask for the help you need

So many caregivers find their requests for help fall on deaf ears. So many people say they're willing to help, but then they never seem to be around when you need them. Why does this happen? [Tweet "People offer to help, so why don't they?"] Friends and family It can...

Tax breaks for caregivers

I don't need to tell you how expensive caregiving is. I won't claim that tax breaks for caregivers are enough to really lessen the financial squeeze. Every little bit helps, though. A tax deduction lowers the amount of taxable income you have. If you make $30k a year...

Protecting your assets from chronic illness

Chronic illness is expensive; we all know that. Doctors, medications, skilled nursing, home enhancements, all of this has a cost. Sometimes it may seem easier, and the only option for you, the working caregiver, to just pay it out of pocket. My advice is that you...

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...