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 [...]

What’s backpacking got to do with caregiving?

By |2018-07-08T18:45:08+00:00July 5th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care|

I enjoy hiking above the 10,000-foot level where the colors are vivid and the air is crystal clear. To see these beautiful sights in the Sierras means hiking 13, 16, and even 20+ miles roundtrip in a 10 to 14-hour day. I’ve learned there are similarities between caregiving and backpacking. Don’t take on more than [...]

Seven Things You Should Know About Your Loved Ones

By |2018-06-18T17:43:03+00:00June 15th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Safety, In-Home Senior Care|

These conversations can go in all sorts of directions. Sometimes it’s best to let that happen. But there are a few key issues you should cover: How Things Are Now – Is the person you care about already facing challenges that you may not be aware of? Do you have a clear and realistic view [...]

Embracing Alzheimer’s Disease

By |2018-03-28T17:09:49+00:00March 28th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, In-Home Senior Care|

A friend who works in a special needs classroom at our middle school was talking about a delightful new student they have in their program this year. She mentioned that in spite of his challenges, the student is a content, personable, and humorous young man who is a joy to be with. “His parents really [...]

We’ve Never Run Away from Alzheimer’s

By |2018-02-24T18:18:45+00:00February 24th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

Guest article by Cheryl Levin-Folio My husband, Michael, was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 56. It was surreal and hard to swallow, but we didn’t run away. Nor did we try to escape the stigma that accompanied the devastating news. We let it sink in and created a plan to live our [...]

Fitness at 50+: Five Barriers You Can Beat

By |2018-02-08T16:33:16+00:00February 8th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better|

While exercise is often touted as a fountain of youth, it often gets harder to do as you get older. Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physicians, also called physiatrists, are doctors who restore and maintain function lost due to injury, illness and age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, joint replacements or stroke. They often prescribe [...]

When Stroke Happens

By |2018-02-04T00:03:45+00:00February 4th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

Strokes, or “brain attacks,” disable Americans more than any other disease. With an interruption of blood to the brain, a stroke may have similar symptoms; but as everyone’s brain is different, so are the effects of each person’s stroke. There is no rhyme or reason to the severity of strokes and or to the recovery [...]

Caring for Someone with the Flu

By |2018-01-29T16:15:00+00:00January 29th, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

Keep your loved one comfortable and follow the recommendations of his or her health care provider. Keep others in the home healthy by washing hands and household surfaces frequently. Ensure that all medications are taken as directed. Keep your loved one in a separate space from other members of the household. Everyone in the home, [...]

Funding a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

By |2018-01-22T01:14:11+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, Safety|

OEM Rebate Programs Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can sometimes offer rebate assistance to customers when they purchase handicap accessibility products. When looking to cut your costs, vehicle manufacturer programs is the way to go. With credits of up to $1,000 being offered to families or individuals with disabilities purchasing an adaptive vehicle, this type of [...]

Flu Tips for Caregivers

By |2018-01-22T01:09:54+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Senior Care, Health Care, Making Life Better, In-Home Senior Care, Caregiver|

When caring for people who have the flu: Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person. When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face. Wash [...]