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Surprise – Mom got old!

It still amazes me how many people I have met over my 25+ year career that seemed genuinely surprised that their parent had gotten old.  Especially since the alternative to getting old would be death (not trying to be crass, it’s … Continue reading

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Recognizing Caregiver Burnout

You try to hide the feeling of being overwhelmed, however; caregiver burnout is serious and can lead significant physical and mental health issues.  It is critical to know the signs and take steps to take care of yourself. Here are … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Dementia

Most common challenges associated with caring for a loved one with dementia: Sleep problems and caregiver exhaustion are two of the most common reasons persons with dementia are placed in nursing homes. Causes of sleeplessness in dementia patients include pain, … Continue reading

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Summertime tips for Caregivers

Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations. Large stretches of the USA are experiencing extreme temperatures. Here are some summer heat tips for helping elderly loved ones avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion Encourage fluid intake.* Water is … Continue reading

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Snow Days and Caregiving

Remember the excitement you felt as a kid when you got a snow day?! Your imagination went wild as you fantasized of the snow fort you would make next to your perfect snow man. Unfortunately as we age, snow days … Continue reading

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Be Prepared to Wait

During the last few years I’ve spent in more than my fair share of time waiting in a loved one’s hospital room.   As a result, I’ve become somewhat of an expert in the waiting experience.   Instead of hording this knowledge I figured it would … Continue reading

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Recognizing Caregiver Burnout

You try to hide the feeling of being overwhelmed, however; caregiver burnout is serious and can lead significant physical and mental health issues.  It is critical to know the signs and take steps to take care of yourself. Here are … Continue reading

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On the Edge: Part 1 Standing on the Sidelines

One of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.   I love the scene where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) & Mary Hatch – later Bailey (played by Donna Reed) are at the high school dance caught up in … Continue reading

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Strategies for Communicating with Multiple Doctors

Years ago I met a woman at a rehab facility while visiting a family member.  She was recovering from a stroke and looking forward to getting back home.  I acknowledged how well she was doing considering the circumstances.  She said … Continue reading

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Let Go of the Guilt

What is Guilt? Unwarranted response to an imagined offense Unless you actually killed someone (which I’m assuming 99.9% of my readers have not) then you are imposing this idea of having “wronged” someone else.  Caregivers feel guilty for many reasons, … Continue reading

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Things I learned by watching YouTube

Things I learned by watching YouTube How to take out my old dishwasher & put in a new one How to take out an over-the-stove vent How to take down kitchen shelves How to feed someone through a feeding tube … Continue reading

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This Job Sucks (and other Important Caregiving Information)

While making visiting with a friend who just lost his sister, he shared how difficult it was for him especially as she had chosen him (above her parents, children and other siblings) to be her Power of Attorney (POA). His … Continue reading

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It’s My Privilege

I was recently watching the show The Middle.  In the show Frankie has to take care of her mother after a hospital stay.  What ensues is a lot of humor and chaos (much like real life caregiving).  After much frustration … Continue reading

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Shifting Priorities

Being a family caregiver is a 24/7 job.  It’s probably one of the most difficult and thankless jobs one can do.  The stress level is off the charts, the pay is non-existent and trying to make time for you is … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Caregiver – Guest Post

Often, we hear that the role of caretaker to the elderly is a stressful one, particularly in situations where one family member is asked to care for another. In cases where Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are present, this … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Rule in Caregiving (that no one seems to follow)

In honor of National Caregiver Month, I thought this was a great post to start off the month. Please read & share. An essential imperative of caregiving is: Take care of yourself.  However; the majority of family caregivers are so … Continue reading

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Rejoice in the Small Victories

Anyone who has had a loved one with cancer understands how stressful the ongoing 3-6 month marks are, waiting to hear if the blood work and bone-scans are clear. When those we love have had ongoing health issues and it … Continue reading

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The Word that Changed Our Lives – Cancer

“It’s Cancer”. My sister and I tried to compose ourselves and comprehend the significance of what we had just heard the doctor say. Did he just say that our mom has breast cancer? Having worked in hospice for many years, I … Continue reading

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The power to run the race: A reminder to all caregivers

Chariots of Fire was a great movie. It serves as a reminder that in the midst of any and all hardship, obstacle or circumstance, there is strength readily available. As you watch this YouTube clip, take notice of a great line … Continue reading

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6 Things Every Caregiver Caring for Seniors with Vision Problems Must Know

As a caregiver, there are a lot of different things you need to keep in check to make sure you are taking care of your seniors in the best way possible. Eye and vision related problems are not only common, … Continue reading

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