Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

How to Balance Care giving and a Career

Family caregiving is often not a choice. The role springs up for almost everyone at some point in their life. The truth is, we feel obligated to take on the role when a loved one ages or becomes infirm — it’s human nature to care

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Attn Caregivers: Get The Most From Sleep!

Being a caregiver is not an easy role. It can take an emotional, psychological and sometimes physical toll on people. It’s vital for caregivers to take care of themselves first in order to properly take care of their patient. Getting enough sleep is one of

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Senior Suicide: Elderly Loved Ones are at Risk

Every 1.5 hours, an American adult over the age of 65 commits suicide. This is the unfortunate and dark reality that should be acknowledged and addressed. Why do Seniors Struggle with Suicidal Thoughts? As many people enter their 60s and 70s, they tend to look back on

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Early Signs of Dementia

What is Dementia? Dementia is a broad term to describe the impairment of memory, communication and thinking. As we age, our cognitive abilities lower and memory loss becomes common with old age. Dementia is more extreme where that decline can greatly affect one’s ability to function

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Family Caregivers: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROLE REVERSAL

The headline of this blog is in all caps for a reason. I’m shouting! I’m looking forward to the day when bloggers, reporters, website developers, media representatives, and marketing professionals stop referring to the process of caring for parents in terms of “role reversal.” And somewhere

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How to Get Paid for Family Caregiving: Part Two

After my father died, my sister and I were responsible for deciding what to do with his belongings and closing out his financial affairs. In addition to the zillions of caregiving hours we racked up before Dad’s death, little did we know that managing the

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How to Get Paid for Family Caregiving: Part One

A “Help Wanted” ad to find the perfect family caregiver would read something like this: HELP WANTED Qualifications: Skilled negotiator Demonstrates precise bookkeeping and financial-planning skills Able to juggle multiple schedules and calendars Has reliable car and valid driver's license Able to do heavy

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Moving A Reluctant Parent (Part 3)

Are you in the middle of a major conflict with a parent who refuses to move?   Part Two of this blog series describes my experiences with conversations that go nowhere, accompanied by that hopeless sinking feeling that something bad will soon happen.   As an alternative to moving,

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Grieving a Loved One

Grieving the loss of a loved one is an inevitable human experience. As caregivers, whether or not the person who passed away was family, we can be hit hard. Caregiving itself is an emotional experience; watching a person progress through their age or illness(es) is

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