Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

Be Kind To Yourself

Caregiver stress syndrome

Your sister is critical of how you are caring for Dad; your husband resents the amount of time you spend away from home; you missed your daughter’s piano recital once again; your boss is slowly losing patience waiting for overdue reports. When we take on the

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Medical jargon: even single-syllable words can confound

Who’d’ve thought that simple, one and two-syllable words – which is one of the the criteria for Grade 6 reading level – could cause so much confusion, upset and medication errors. Out of context, even every-day words can confound. Consider these (true) examples: In a maternity

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How to Dress your Aging Mom at Home

Elderly Clothing

As mom ages, her routine will begin to change.  Some changes will be positive, like maybe mom is able to relax a bit more. Often enlightenment comes with age as well. Meanwhile, some changes may be a little harder to handle.  If one of the

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Bathing Tips for the Elderly

Showers for elderly

Professional and family caregivers agree that bathing is one of the greatest challenges they face.  Seniors, especially those with some dementia, often avoid bathing as it can cause feelings of unease.  These feelings are typically heightened when there’s been a fall or negative experience. Adding in

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How To Adapt Your Bathroom For An Aging Parent

Handicap bathroom design

One of the most challenging areas of daily life for many people with a disability and their caregivers is the bathroom and bathing routine. Before getting dressed in the morning, getting out of bed and getting a shower or bath can sometimes seem like an insurmountable

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Life with Dementia

What is dementia

Worldwide, over 47 million people are living with dementia. On top of that, one person in the United States develops Alzheimer’s nearly every 67 seconds – a disease which, according to the World Health Organization, contributes to as many as 70 percent of dementia cases. While

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Long Distance Caregiving Challenges

Working caregivers issue challenges

Regardless of ones’ age and background, care giving has its challenges. In March, Globe and Mail published the article “Long-distance caregivers of the elderly torn between two locations”.  I am pleased to share these tips with you. These Long Distance Caring tips include: Talk about it: Determine what role each family

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Palliative Care – A New Name Is Needed

What is palliative care

One of my favourite doctors to listen to is Dr. Brian Goldman. His interview last week and subsequent blog aptly called ‘Palliative care needs a new name’ struck a chord with me and I felt it was an important issue to share. The study referenced included a small sample size

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It’s Not If You Will Be A Caregiver, But When

Caregiver definition

I had the pleasure of attending a ‘hot talk on health’ sponsored by the Change Foundation, an independent health policy think tank. The panelists were Helena Herklots CEO from Carers UK and she spoke on ‘Lessons from the UK’ and Dr. Katherine Arnup, professor, author and

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Change The Aging Experience With Technology

Help for caregivers

Technology has changed our world.  We access information instantaneously with a few key strokes, see our world through high power telescopes and satellites, and approach medicine with depth and efficiency enabling people to live longer and healthier. Technology has also made many of the challenges

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