Category Archives: eldercare

I Had a Bad Day

Yesterday I had a bad day. Getting out of bed was challenging. I felt gloomy, dejected and disheartened.  I re-scheduled my appointments and spent ½ the day in my pajamas mindlessly playing games on the computer.  Then I did something … Continue reading

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Fall is Here…Let the Chaos Begin!

Summer is usually a slower time for most of us.  Though it may seem like there is a lot going on, it is mostly fun focused activities.  The weather is nice and the days are long. The summer is a … Continue reading

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3 mobility aids for promoting independence outdoors

As a caregiver, you will know the effects that ageing can have on the human body. Muscle atrophy and issues such as arthritis can have a negative effect on mobility, and, in many cases, make a trip to the supermarket … Continue reading

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The Call

I remember it vividly, it was 11:30pm on March 6, 2005, my husband and I were on our way back from an evening with friends when my cell phone rang.  Recognizing the number, my heart raced as I answered the … Continue reading

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Caution: May Explode Without Warning

A friend called the other day and had no idea what they were about to experience.  Upon asking “how are you?”, I proceeded (for a good 10 minutes straight) to verbally vomit ALL my frustrations and shared with them that … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Recognizing Early Symptoms of Degenerative Eye Diseases

As we age our eyes tend to become less efficient and more prone to degenerative diseases. One in 6 adults over the age of 45 will experience some sort sight-threatening problem, the three most common degenerative eye diseases being Glaucoma, … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic

It was 8:15am when the call came.  My Aunt’s caregiver was calling to tell me my Aunt had fallen and 911 was called.  I quickly got dressed and headed to the hospital.  Pulling out of the driveway while searching my … Continue reading

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Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse – Guest Post by Dave Singleton

It’s as growing and widespread a problem as it is under-reported and complicated. I’m speaking about elder abuse, which is an epidemic in our country. Why is it under-reported? Many cases involve family or elders in a close relationship with … Continue reading

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Mission Critical

I recently attended a luncheon where they discussed the importance of having a plan in place for a disruptive event.  They were referring to a disruptive event in a company’s computer processing and systems, however; it occurred to me that … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Managing Stress

Click here to join me today for CaregiverLife Radio from 10-11am (CST) Topic: Stress Management Guest: Dave Balch Dave Balch has a unique, inspiring, and loving story to share, coupled with the experience, desire, and ability to share it. Dave Balch supported … Continue reading

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$10 Worth of Empowerment

Over the last year I’ve helped my Aunt out as she faces multiple health issues, including driving her to doctor appointments, the grocery store and to some family events.  On many of these junctures she has offered me money to … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Alzheimer’s Myths and Facts

Click here to Join me today from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio Topic: Alzheimer’s Myths & Facts Special Guest: Michelle Sanfillipo from Alexian Brothers Neurosciences Institute About Michelle: Michelle L. Sanfilippo, MPAS, PA-C is a certified physician assistant practicing in neurology for the … Continue reading

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The Chosen One

A friend called me the other day and shared her concerns about being chosen to be the health-care and financial power of attorney for her mother.  She had heard me speak about the topic and the challenges associated with the … Continue reading

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FYI about POA

Medical Power of Attorney (POA) is something each of us, no matter our age, should have. Frequently, people grant power of attorney to their spouse, children or siblings. POA goes into effect only if you are not able to make … Continue reading

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Firefighters approach to Caregiving

While watching one of my favorite shows, NCIS, the medical examiner, Ducky, uses the analogy of a firefighter when discussing the approach to finding a kidnapped girl with Special Agent Gibbs.  “Firefighters never run into a burning building, they walk … Continue reading

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