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September 5, 2019

Discussing Aging with an Elderly Loved One

  As our parents or other loved ones age, it’s natural for us to become concerned about their well-being. Are they living safely in their home? Should they consider moving to a senior living community? Is it time for them to give up their car keys? Have they made their medical wishes known to their... Read More
August 20, 2019

How to Cope When Your Caregiving Duties End

  According the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 34.2 million Americans are providing unpaid care to a loved one age 50 or older. And while caregiving is a demanding role that often increases health risks, once one’s caregiver role ends due to the care receiver’s death, it can leave a hole in the caregiver’s life –... Read More
April 22, 2019

Managing Family Conflict over the Care of a Loved One

  When an older family member develops a disease or condition that requires some outside assistance to manage, the rest of the family – whether it’s grown children, grandchildren or even a spouse – may have some specific ideas on what’s best for the person involved. Emotions run high as everyone feels they are looking... Read More
April 5, 2019

Planning Ahead after a Diagnosis of Dementia

  April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of planning ahead for your end-of-life care. This is particularly important if you or a loved one has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s of other form of dementia. As there is no cure for Alzheimer’s or most other... Read More
February 20, 2019

The Current State of Alzheimer’s Caregivers

  The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveals that more than 16 million Americans are providing unpaid care for people living with dementia. Last year, these caregivers provided more than 18 billion hours of unpaid care for their loved ones, valued at more than $232 billion. To put that number in perspective,... Read More
December 5, 2018

Creating a Happy Holiday Season for Your Loved One Living with Dementia

  Holidays typically mean getting together with family and friends and spending time with those we love. If you’re caring for someone living with dementia this holiday season, you may be thinking about reducing your participation in social activities, either because you feel overwhelmed or you aren’t sure how your loved one would deal with... Read More
November 20, 2018

How Caregivers Can Take Care of Themselves

  November is National Family Caregivers Month. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, there are approximately 34 million people who provide unpaid care to someone age 50 or older. The most common assistance takes the form of grocery shopping, food preparation, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and medication administration as well as personal care such as dressing,... Read More
September 20, 2018

Creating Meaningful Communication with Someone Living with Dementia

  Anyone who knows or cares for someone living with dementia understands that conversations can be challenging. Meaningful communication is often the first casualty of dementia. People living with Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia may be living in a completely different time or place than those around them. Or they may forget what they’ve... Read More
May 7, 2018

How to Celebrate Your Mom on Mother’s Day When She’s Living with Dementia

  Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Millions of Americans will be making brunch reservations, buying and sending flowers, and buying presents for their moms. But for someone whose mother is living with dementia, finding an appropriate way to celebrate the day may be a challenge. The day may no longer have any meaning... Read More
December 5, 2017

Holiday Entertaining when Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

  Caregiving is a demanding role and, too often, caregivers sacrifice their own needs and wants to ensure their loved one is safe and secure. But it’s important for caregivers to maintain their own health routines and continue to feed their spirit, including connecting with family and friends. The holidays are often a time when... Read More