Caring for the Caregiver

When the caregiver burns out, what happens to the person needing care?  The answer is never good. Burnout can happen when a caregiver is overburdened emotionally and/or physically, and burnout can manifest itself through emotions (depression; anxiety; symptoms such as lashing out, feeling down, resentment to the one needing care) or

Who Pays for Non-Medical Home Care?

                    We get numerous calls from elderly people living in the community or from families inquiring about getting some help with housekeeping, laundry, and other various non-medical tasks. Those calling are usually disappointed when they lea

When People with Dementia Repeat Themselves

As I was visiting with a new client to initiate services for her in her home, she told me the same story over and over and over again!  Her son told me he couldn’t listen to it any longer, about how she had been given a gift and how her peers were jealous of her.  He could repeat every detail of the story because he’d heard it so

Managing Medications is Crucial to a Senior’s Well-Being

Dad cuts his daily blood pressure tablets in half to save money.  Some days, Mom forgets to take her prescription drugs.  The wrong medications.  The wrong dosage.  The wrong timing.  Skipped medications or taking too much or too little can cause medical complications, reduced quality of life, or even death. Unfortunately, for s

5 Easy Ways to Help Your Elderly Parents

1.  Stop by for a visit . . . and bring dinner. Life gets busy, particularly for adult children in the sandwich generation who are taking care of elderly parents and raising children.  Yet, there are few things more critical for your elderly parents than getting face time with their children and grandchildren. When life gets bus

4 Family Caregiver Stress Busters

First, Dad needed help monitoring his daily medications.  Soon, he needed regular at-home care.  If you are taking care of elderly parents, you understand the tough sacrifices and rewards of helping your aging parent with daily routines such as bathing, cooking, washing laundry, or making medical and financial decisions. Yet, witho

Family Caregiving Survival Guide #1: “I Don’t Need Help!”

It’s not uncommon for seniors to balk at the idea of having help at home.  It’s also not uncommon for the adult children taking care of elderly parents to push for it.  They push for Mom to accept help, and Mom pushes back to do it all herself.  This can be an aggravating source of tension, frustration, and resentment among famil

Staying Connected in the Age of Long-Distance Caregiving

“Charlie” was devastated when his middle child took a new job and moved out of state.  At 65, Charlie’s health was waning, and although he was in denial, deep inside he knew that he didn’t have years to live.  He loved his family, and the idea of losing regular time with his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson was very difficul

8 Principles of Parents Care

“Sue Ann” spent the winter of 2010 shut up in her condo.  Sue Ann was in her seventies, and leaving home meant heading down two sets of stairs and a trek through ice and snow.  Her kids were pressuring her to move into assisted living, but she cherished her home. Sue Ann didn’t want to fight with her kids over her independen

Care for Older People: The Dangers of Loneliness

Connecting well with friends and family can help people stay healthier, age well, and live longer. In 2010, Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported on a study that examined data from more than 309,000 people.  It was concluded that those without satisfying social ties are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely, comparable to smoking