Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

You’re diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. Now what?

Good for you. You were brave enough to get tested, and your courage will pay off bigtime. Not only will you be able to stay in control of your decision-making process, you will also be minimizing risk of accidents to yourself and others. Your quality of

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The Youth Formula: Tips to Feel Young

Getting older isn’t a choice, but slowing down the process is. Here are some tips to keep you feeling young. EAT HEALTHY Rummage through your storage bins for those bell-bottom jeans from high school because eating well may save you time on shopping for new pants by

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Holidays may not be the best time to talk turkey – Part 2

Part 1 of this communication series offers ideas about arranging the most effective locations to have sensitive eldercare conversations with aging parents. The importance of using timing to your advantage also enhances the likelihood of being heard and reaching consensus. What else is important to consider

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Holidays may not be the best time to talk turkey – Part 1

You've probably heard the expression, "timing is everything." That statement is especially true when it comes to talking to aging parents and about sensitive eldercare-related subjects. Think about a past situation when an important conversation, which you initiated, went haywire. Perhaps Mom was distracted and didn't

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When Confusion is Confusing: Older Adults and Delirium

I have been a geriatric mental health clinician since 2010. One of the most complex and perplexing conditions that I have seen in those 65 and older is delirium and it's confusion. Of the troubling “3Ds” (Delirium, Depression and Dementia) often found in the geriatric

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How to Make Sense of the Ever-Confusing Healthcare Terminology

Care coordination. Continuity of care. Team planning. Care manager. Or how about cognitive capacity, disorientation, palliative, terminal, agitated, delirious, Demented…..AHH! There are so many terms that healthcare professionals toss around casually and families and patients struggle to follow along and understand what symptoms are present,

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Elder Loved Ones: Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 2

The first of this series - Holiday Gift Ideas: Part 1-- focused on gifts that are made by hand. But not everybody is inclined to go the creative route. Spending quality time together also relays loving messages. Make the present your presence. Here are some meaningful

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Elder Loved Ones: Holiday Gift Ideas – Part 1

When it comes to holiday gift-giving, what do you buy the individuals who already have everything, and want nothing? My personal strategy for gift-giving has everything to do with honoring my beloved elders with gifts that touch their hearts and souls – something that reminds them

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Caregiving: Is it worth it?

So here I am sitting at the foot of my Parents grave. My Mother died a year ago today. I knew my intention was to honor that anniversary by bringing flowers to her gravesite. I miss her so much and I can't believe a year

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