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 [...]

7 Techniques for Better Communication with Seniors

By |2019-02-16T22:59:17+00:00February 13th, 2019|Making Life Better|

Caregiving can cause major changes in a family. Physical, emotional, social and financial issues can arise, affecting the roles, responsibilities and feelings of each family member. Such widespread change to the family dynamic can lead to increased tension and frequent disagreements. The constant friction can be frustrating, but learning what goes into healthy, two-way communication [...]

Secrets That Elderly Parents Keep From Their Family

By |2019-02-03T03:06:39+00:00December 16th, 2018|Senior Care|

Your aging parent may be keeping secrets from you. Not necessarily lies, but withholding of information that may be important to their health, safety or general well-being. Sometimes, when elderly parents keep secrets, its because they feel their Independence slipping away. They might be embarrassed to ask for help. They might fear their family's reaction. [...]

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 [...]

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 |2018-11-25T17:08:18+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 [...]

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