Why Listening Is a Caregiver’s Secret Weapon

By |2019-01-21T13:46:15+00:00December 16th, 2018|Senior Care, Caregiver|

  To listen fully means to pay close attention to what is being said beneath the words. You listen not only to the 'music,' but to the essence of the person speaking. - Peter Senge "Real connections can't happen without effective listening," says Beverly Edgehill, president and chief executive of Partnership Inc. "Listening is more [...]

10 Tips For Talking to Someone with Alzheimer’s

By |2019-01-14T00:57:41+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better|

  The mental changes that accompany Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia not only impact a person's ability to recall past events, they can dramatically alter that individual's capacity for communication. Here are ten tips to keep conversations with a cognitively-impaired loved one positive and valuable for everyone involved: Face-off: Establishing friendly eye contact and [...]

Handling Controlling Elderly Parents

By |2019-01-07T02:02:42+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better, Caregiver|

The responsibility of providing care for an aging or ill loved one is a challenge in its own right. But when a care recipient is domineering about how and when every single task is done, it’s bound to exasperate those who are in charge of their daily care. Maybe Mom demands that you keep her [...]

How to Reduce Loneliness in Elders Around the Holidays

By |2018-12-29T22:45:04+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better|

There is a lot of pressure on people to enjoy themselves during the holidays. The reality, however, is that many people feel increasingly isolated and unhappy during this season of goodwill, and elders can have an especially hard time. While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest seniors [...]

Warning Signs That Your Parent’s Finances Are Off Track

By |2018-12-29T23:05:56+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better|

“I just can’t get the checkbook to balance this month.” Those words were my first inkling that Mom might not be as sharp as she once was. I was taken by surprise. She had managed her own finances with aplomb for many years, and all I provided was a little coaching. She remembered all of [...]

10 Tips to Help Seniors Have a Happy Holiday Season

By |2018-12-16T23:41:49+00:00December 16th, 2018|Making Life Better|

The holiday season is a happy and joyous time for most of us, but many seniors find this time of year to be hectic, confusing and even depressing, depending on their mental and physical conditions. The good news is that everyone can help contribute to a happier season for the seniors in our lives by [...]