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Battling ALS and the ravages of time

CHARLOTTE, NC, September 10, 2017 – There comes a point in dealing with ALS that you eventually resign yourself to the fact that you will never again be independent. It's not so much a case of denial than it is the realization that someone will have to help you do...

My loved one isn’t a burden

The most common term for discussing the difficulties that come with supporting a loved one through a health crisis, long-term illness, or disability is "caregiver burden." While it's a succinct way to sum up the challenges of caregiving, of which there are many, it...

Caregiver’s Lament: Rescue Me

Rescue me, for an afternoon or an hour, or a few minutes. I no longer want someone to come into my life and take over all my problems and become my hero and the owner of my life. I don't want that. I just need someone to rescue me for a few minutes so that I remember...

Rediscovering your identity as a caregiver

Caregivers Rediscovering Their Identity A friend’s wife suffered through a rough couple of years with cancer, and he served as her sole caregiver. Meeting up with him one day, I asked, “How are you doing?” He quickly replied, “Well, we’re doing okay. She just got home...

How to streamline your Rx mess

There are many compelling reasons that surround my move back home to live with my elderly mother—none the least of which is the near accidental overdose from the many Rx prescriptions whose labels she can no longer read. Ask yourself these 4 questions to determine if...

Are Seniors Really At The Most Risk For Scams?

You may have heard from a friend or family member that seniors are the at the biggest risk for scams. It’s a commonly touted idea that because seniors have more economic freedom than other classes of society, because they worked more years on average, that scammers...

Work Better Together with 8 Useful Tips

For every 100 million Americans who live with chronic pain, there are that many caretakers. The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP conducted a national survey looking at family caregiving in the United States. The average caregiver renders 21 hours a week of...

What’s your best caregiving trick?

Caregivers are an incredibly innovative bunch. We come up with all sorts of unique solutions to problems. A few members of our community shared their favorite tips and tricks to make caregiving easier. Have one to add? Put it in the comments below. Give them choices...

The heat is on, so check on your elders

This summer has already been a scorcher, and sadly, deadly for the most vulnerable populations, including our elders. Arizona's record-breaking heat wave has already claimed lives, and the rise in heat-related deaths, especially among the older population, is expected...

Medication management for seniors

If you help care for an aging loved one, or are advancing in age yourself, you are probably aware of the importance of medication management. As people age, they can develop multiple chronic conditions, which may require several long term prescriptions. In fact,...

Tips to Deal with a Controlling Aging Loved One

As people age, it’s not uncommon for their personalities to change and for them to become more controlling.  It’s usually the result of medication, pain, the frustrations of having difficulty doing things that were once easy and changing family dynamics.  While it can...

Cancer survivors are more likely to use opioids

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer. This was true even among survivors who were ten or more years past their cancer diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a...

Why Veterans Make Exceptional Caregivers

A great caregiver can come from almost any background. But when you’ve spent twenty years in home care, it becomes clear that some professional backgrounds do really prepare caregivers for working with seniors. At Visiting Angels, some of our most successful home care...

How to Manage the Never Ending Paper Trail

It hardly seems fair that as soon as we pay bills, review statements, manage family calendars and school cubbies for the month, all of this ironing out will inevitably become all bunched up again when next month’s paperwork requires the same attention. When it’s our...

When betrayal is freedom

For fifteen years I cared for him. His accident was days after our engagement. My mother pulled me aside and said I could still walk away if I wanted. I knew it would be a hard road of nursing him back to health. No one knew if he'd recover or what recovery would...

Want to Prevent Pressure Ulcers? Help Is Here

If you are caring for a loved one who is bed or chair-limited for most of their waking hours, this post is for you. You may be lucky enough to not have dealt with a bedsore (pressure ulcer) yet, or maybe you have. The most frustrating thing about bedsores is that...

Alzheimers, Loss, and What You Can Do to Help

Impacting roughly 5 million senior Americans, Alzheimer's has made a name for itself in the elderly community. Little is understood about the cause of the disease and even less is known about the solution. What we do know is that it's effects are heart-breaking....

I Lost the Lamb Chops

Both my husband and I have British heritage, and we love lamb chops. Although the price of lamb has increased markedly, we were willing to pay it. So I went to the butcher shop and bought four thick chops. When I returned home, I put them in the freezer for another...