Fearless Caregiver Profile: MICHELE RUPPERT

By |2019-05-16T16:34:39+00:00May 16th, 2019|Senior Care, Health Care, Caregiver|

How did you become the caregiver for your loved one? Parents are sick...Dad has transition, Mom needs help. Has your relationship changed with the loved one that you are caring for? If so how? Mom is dependent on me now. What is the hardest thing about being a caregiver and the most rewarding thing? Experiencing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Somebody’s Hero

By |2018-07-23T19:16:31+00:00July 8th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, Caregiver|

I don’t fight fires or cure the sick. I’ve never scaled a mountain or scored a winning touchdown. In many ways, my time on this earth is spent living an average life. But everyday, in little ways, I get to be somebody’s hero and the feeling is like no other. For you see, I am [...]

5 Wheelchair Van Shopping Tips for Caregivers

By |2018-06-18T17:49:48+00:00June 20th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

If you’re the caregiver for an individual who uses a wheelchair, owning a wheelchair accessible van is helpful and can be more affordable with these tips. Family Caregiver As the caregiver for a family member, you can choose a wheelchair van based on the needs of the person in your care. Wheelchair vans come with [...]

Preparing Seniors for Surgery

By |2018-06-18T17:48:47+00:00June 19th, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

As a growing number of the estimated 78 million Baby Boomers transition into their senior years, an increased focus is placed on the health of this important group of Americans. According to the United States Census Bureau, more than 12 percent of the total U.S. population is over age 65 and, of that segment, more [...]

Tips for Talking about Alzheimer’s with a Family Member

By |2018-06-18T17:44:13+00:00June 18th, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

It’s a conversation no family wants to have, but one that is vitally important – talking to a loved one about memory loss or cognitive decline. Guest article by the Alzheimer’s Association Mary Foss of Eagan, Minnesota, said she knew it was time to broach this sensitive topic with her husband, Darrell after she noticed [...]

You Look Familiar – Ira and Sandy’s Dance with Dementia

By |2018-06-18T17:41:52+00:00June 3rd, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, Caregiver|

Married almost 40 years after a poorly worded pick-up line, Ira and Sandy Asherman now live with dementia of the Alzheimer’s type. Asherman Sandy on carousel-TCV That was Sandy’s evaluation during a workshop lead by Ira in Glens Falls, New York, more than 40 years ago. She replied, “You can do better…” after he approached [...]

Alzheimer’s: Stepping Into The Leadership Role

By |2018-04-24T22:52:54+00:00April 25th, 2018|Senior Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

Since the person with AD no longer possesses the mental skills to be completely independent, a special brand of leadership is called for. At least one person must assume overall authority for ensuring the well-being of the person with AD but it is best to include others too if at all possible. Much work is [...]

Seniors and Medications

By |2018-04-24T22:58:38+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Senior Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

Caregivers are often the first line of defense in protecting the elderly and infirm – especially when it comes to making sure medications are obtained and taken properly. Senior citizens are the fast-growing sector of the population, and age often leads to the need for many medications to treat many conditions and chronic diseases. Each [...]