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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...