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...

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...

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...

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...

4 Tips About Caring for An Alzheimer’s Patient

Caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s is one of the most taxing for caregivers. To best look after your patient, you need to obtain as much knowledge about the disease as you possibly can. Even if you read every book out there, you’ll still be shocked with the...

Younger generations step up to Alzheimer’s care

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. is expected to nearly triple over the next 30 years according to the Alzheimer’s Association. As the need for caregivers grows, younger family members are finding themselves in a role for which they often are...

How to create a CareMap

Caregiving involves lots of moving pieces. A CareMap can help you understand how it fits all together so you can find ways to improve your daily life. The Atlas CareMap is a hand-drawn representation of a caregiver’s network. It illustrates the caregiver’s own support...

How to Help Parents Stay at Home Longer

As aging parents creep past retirement age and into their 70s and 80s, adult children are faced with the same conundrum: how can they enable their mothers and fathers to stay in their homes longer, rather than send their loved one to a retirement home or similar...

Combating Compassion Fatigue with Technology

Caregiving is a rewarding activity, but it can also be very emotionally and physically draining. Compassion fatigue among caregivers is common, which can lead to burnout, depression, and exhaustion. Not only are these symptoms draining on the caregiver, but over time,...

This advice on ALZ changed my life

There's a lot of advice on how to care for someone with Alzheimer's without, well, losing your mind. Not a lot of it works. I was a very earnest child. My poor parents had to deal with me taking things very literally. I still want to correct every mistake and...

Track Your Caregiving Feelings In a Journal

Caregiving can be so demanding that we lose track of our feelings. When my husband was dismissed to my care after eight months of hospitalization, I felt a dizzying array of feelings. Of course I was elated to have him home, but I was scared too, and wondered if I had...

How to Care for an Elderly Hoarder

Have you ever passed by one of those houses where the crooked garage doors are barely holding themselves together over the heaping bulge behind them? Then one day, on your usual stroll of the neighborhood, those garage doors are popped wide open for the whole world to...

Why does mom have bruises?

Having a parent or grandparent in a nursing home can be incredibly difficult, especially when so many of us have promised we'd keep them at home forever. So often residential care hardly feels like it reduces the amount of time we spend caregiving, with all the...

Finding my reset button

It has taken me almost 10 years to figure out that I actually have a reset button and that I'm allowed to hit it when needed! My husband has a C4/C5 spinal cord injury and as his primary caregiver for going on 10 years, along with caring physically (alone) for our...

Lifting patients, safely

Caregivers are at risk for back injuries. That's a fact. People who've never done it might imagine caregiving is holding hands, making soup, and saying reassuring things. If only! Caregiving can be incredibly physically demanding. Getting someone in and out of bed...

Can I get paid to be a family caregiver?

It’s a question I’m asked all the time by family caregivers: Can I get paid to be a family caregiver? It’s usually accompanied by qualifiers: I’m not trying to be greedy, but I had to quit my job to take care of my mom. My husband isn’t comfortable having a stranger...

How Can Young Caregivers Self-Advocate?

In the United States, there are an estimated 1.4 million caregiving youth (children under the age of 18), and nearly 10 million Millennial caregivers (aged 18-34 years old). Of the millions of young caregivers, I believe every single one is an advocate. Advocacy means...

Mother’s Day activities for active seniors

Some of us care for a mom who isn't able to participate in a big celebration, but other seniors are able to get out and active with some accommodations and planning. Family caregivers looking after their moms can make Mother’s Day extra special. After all, these women...