Some ABCs for Every Alzheimer’s Caregiver

By |2017-11-29T16:24:46+00:00November 29th, 2017|Senior Care|

A: Accept that some of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make lie ahead. For example, when does nursing home care become the best or, perhaps, the only option? B: Be a creative problem solver. When I needed Mom to go to daycare, I persuaded her that she would be there to help [...]

De-Stigmatizing Urinary Incontinence

By |2017-11-29T16:22:22+00:00November 29th, 2017|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better|

Too often caregivers feel that their loved one’s incontinence is a natural result of aging, dementia, medication or disability. They may not seek help because they assume that nothing can be done. But that might not be entirely true. Let’s learn about this too-little-talked-about condition. First of all, we need a basic anatomy lesson. The [...]

Surviving The Holidays

By |2017-11-29T16:17:02+00:00November 29th, 2017|Senior Care|

Holidays and special occasions can bring out the best and the worst in us. The prospect of wonderful, happy times abound, filling us with somewhat unrealistic hopes for our relationships. We are often disappointed by how these special occasions turn out. Add to the normal tensions of holidays, the image of someone you love being [...]

10 Signs Your Aging Parents Need Help

By |2017-12-06T13:16:27+00:00November 28th, 2017|Senior Care|

The holidays are here...a time for sharing time with family, friends, loved ones, and creating fond memories. It's not just passing the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes, but sharing laughter, good conversation, and catching up with those you may have been somewhat out of touch with over the year... What happens, though, when you notice [...]

Reducing Holiday Stress with Memory Impaired Loved Ones

By |2017-11-28T01:58:37+00:00November 27th, 2017|Senior Care|

Your whole family is gathered for dinner during the holidays. Your sister-in-law is playing a video to entertain her two boys. Your spouse is having an animated discussion with your brother about holiday-light displays. A timer is buzzing in the kitchen. Your teenage daughter tells you that your mother, who lives with Alzheimer’s, is upset. [...]

Three of My Language Pet Peeves

By |2017-11-28T01:58:47+00:00November 27th, 2017|Senior Care|

What is the origin of these three English-language pet peeves? Could it be as a caregiver, I felt my time was not respected at the doctor’s office? Or are these due to English being my second language? As a first-generation American, we, like many immigrant families, spoke my parents’ native language. In my case, it [...]

The Caregiver’s Voice REVIEW – The Journey of Caregiving

By |2017-11-20T17:12:11+00:00November 20th, 2017|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, Safety|

For National Family Caregivers Month, we review Merrill Lynch’s just-released 42-page Caregiving Study Report, entitled, The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Complexity. While we often think of caregiving as hands-on care, surprisingly, 98% of family caregivers surveyed provide emotional and social support. Only 64% report providing hands on physical care. Over 2,000 family [...]

Diagnosing Dementia – Look Over Your Doctor’s Shoulder

By |2017-11-20T17:12:11+00:00November 20th, 2017|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, Safety|

It used to be that speaking was a fear greater than death. Today, the fear of getting Alzheimer’s is frequently cited among the aging population. While VOICES with Dementia aims to raise awareness of people with dementia who live productive and meaningful lives, the stigma remains. But not for long among those willing to take [...]

Caregiver, ASK for Help

By |2017-11-27T18:00:37+00:00November 20th, 2017|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, Safety|

Caregiver, ask for HELP before it’s too late. Oftentimes, caregiving families (including mine) dive into crisis mode before they know what they’re getting into. As they dive deeper and deeper, they lose sight of the shoreline. Soon, they come up and gasp for air. Looking around, there’s nothing but shark-filled waters. This is a risky [...]