Category Archives: eldercare

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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Drive By Advice

At an event for business owners, a friend of mine used the term “drive by advice” in describing how, when starting a business it seems like everyone (even those who have never owned a business) want to give us advice … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

During the last year I’ve spent in more than my fair share of time in hospital waiting rooms.   As a result I’ve become somewhat of an expert in the waiting experience.   Instead of hording this new-found knowledge I figured it would be beneficial to share. Tips … Continue reading

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3 Minutes 17 Seconds

The other day I took my Aunt for her 6 month follow-up with her surgeon. During previous appointments the wait ranged from ½ hour to 45 minutes.  Each time the doctors’ staff blamed the scheduler.  Thankfully, this was her final … Continue reading

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Honesty and Empowerment

We’ve all heard the phrase “honesty is the best policy” and, for the most part, it’s true.  Now there are certain exceptions to this rule, for example if your spouse asks you if her pants make her look fat, I … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Rule of Caregiving (that No one can seem to Follow)

An essential imperative of caregiving is: Take care of yourself.  However; the majority of family caregivers are so busy taking care of others that they neglect to care for themselves.  The sad irony is that if caregivers made it a … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Jump to it – How Certain Exercises Help Prevent Falls in the Elderly

By Sarah Jennings When it comes to ailments that afflict our golden generation, accidental falls rank right up there with heart attacks and strokes in terms of both frequency and severity.  Falls amongst the elderly are a significant public health … Continue reading

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