Dealing with Hearing Loss

By |2018-10-14T18:03:53+00:00October 25th, 2018|Senior Care|

Imagine trying to have a conversation and constantly having to ask your companions to repeat themselves; or not being able to participate in a group discussion in the common room because the TV is on and six people are chatting around you. Sadly, this is the harsh reality of many seniors. According to the Hearing [...]

Family Caregiver Emergency Care List

By |2018-10-14T18:03:54+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Senior Care|

There are many things that caregivers can do to help themselves and their loved ones prepare for any type of emergency or disaster, but it is best to be ready well in advance, before a dire situation arises. Remember to contact your local fire department or your community’s emergency management office for help with your [...]

6 Things to Remember as You Start to Care for Your Parents

By |2018-10-14T18:03:54+00:00October 20th, 2018|Senior Care|

Adult children often experience major relationship role-changes as their parents get older. These role changes are at times uncomfortable, unfamiliar and can leave us feeling isolated and unsettled. As we come into the holidays, many of us will spend more time with family and feel the tensions that naturally come when the “closeness factor” changes. [...]

The Obstacles of Alzheimer’s Caregiving – Looking Back

By |2018-10-14T18:03:54+00:00October 18th, 2018|Senior Care|

Almost twenty years ago, I finished writing “Where’s my shoes?” My Father’s Walk through Alzheimer’s . It was released in hardcover in 1999. My father observed: This Alzheimer’s must be an important subject to have such a big book about it! I had already written four books and this was the most difficult. It was [...]

The Wisdom of Assisted Living

By |2018-10-14T18:03:55+00:00October 17th, 2018|Senior Care|

Recently a very articulate, very independent older friend of mine did some rehabilitation time in an assisted living home (probably the best one in town, and we know all of them), and though younger than she, I have always had a Nancy Drew kind of brain, and so I impertinently asked Marge, “What was it [...]

Keeping an Eye on Long-Term Health while Managing a Cancer Diagnosis

By |2018-10-14T18:03:55+00:00October 15th, 2018|Senior Care|

I remember hearing the doctor say to my husband, “You’ve got cancer,” and immediately wondered if I had misheard those words. Cancer diagnoses can result in many emotions for caregivers. You may struggle for another breath, cry and begin to mourn for the life you had before cancer entered your lives. You may not be [...]

Lisa Genova’s TED Talk – Alzheimer’s Resistant Brain

By |2018-10-14T18:03:55+00:00October 14th, 2018|Senior Care|

Lisa Genova, neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, gave a TED talk early last year in Vancouver. Her remarks began with: Let’s project out into the future, to your future “yous,” and let’s imagine that we’re all 85. Now, everyone look at [the person beside you]. One of you probably has Alzheimer’s disease. [Laughter] Alright… [...]

VA Changes Aid & Attendance Benefit

By |2018-10-14T17:39:01+00:00October 1st, 2018|Senior Care|

Starting Oct. 18, the VA will review not just current assets, but records from the previous three years when deciding a veteran’s asset-based eligibility for VA Pension benefits -- commonly called Aid and Attendance (A&A) benefits. However, transfers of assets completed before Oct. 18 will not be counted against veterans or their surviving spouses. A&A [...]

Inside My Being – Alzheimer’s by Roberto Carlo Chiesa

By |2018-11-04T21:46:26+00:00September 28th, 2018|Health Care|

The Caregiver’s Voice features a video by Roberto Carlo Chiesa of Modesto-based Alexandria Perrin Company for VOICES with Dementia. Inspired by his sister, Roberto’s short-narrative film features Arlene, who lives with Alzheimer’s disease. (She was his late sister’s roommate who also lived with Alzheimer’s.) Actress Jenni Abbott plays Arlene’s daughter and each share words from [...]

Creating Fun for Caregivers and Frail Seniors

By |2018-10-28T21:36:13+00:00September 19th, 2018|Making Life Better|

Your confined-to-home (or assisted living or nursing home) parent, just wants to have fun! You are focused on their safety, finances, medical treatment, medications, privacy, nutrition and therapy. You busy yourself with monitoring their progress (or decline) and doing everything in your power to keep them comfortable. You worry about their reduced energy level, increasing [...]