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January 2007

Caregiver's Depression Affecting the Workplace: Time For Employers To Pay Attention

Most statistical reports I've read say that approximately 30% of the caregivers die before those they are caring for. When I use this statistic during my talks, it nearly always gets a gasp. Some of these deaths, and many disabilities (obvious and not so obvious to by-standers) are due to depression.

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Should Your Aging Parent Move In With Your Family?

Loooong ago, when I was young, my grandmother, who was terribly crippled with Rheumatoid Arthritis, moved in with us. We built a house to make it the living situation comfortable for all. We were fortunate to be able to do this.

My brother and I were teenagers, and we had an "after-thought" two-year-old toddler sister. So, there were kind of four  generations living in the home, together.

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The Hard Talks Caregivers Must Have With Their Seniors

Paula Span, who teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is at work on “When the Time Comes: Aging Parents, Tough Choices,” to be published by Springboard Press next year, has a good piece on getting your elders to talk about what they want as they age - what decisions you should make when they can't make them.

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Elder Care and Technology Team Up Again

I had just left a comment on my other blog site at Our Alzheimer's for a woman whose dad, an Alzheimer's patient, was opening the door to strangers. Her mother needed some way of knowing when he opened to door to strangers or if he went outside. Wandering is a huge problem with Alzheimer's.

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Sibling rivalry and elder care: An explosive combination

When I was writing my book, Minding Our Elders ,I tried my best to interview people with stories as different from one another as possible. Obviously, there would be some common links - that was part of the point. However, I didn't expect to find so many people with sibling problems. Some of the issues were just annoyances. But some were serious. Many of them stemmed from childhood - the "Mom always loved you best" thing.

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Aging grandparents site with ideas on elder care

I've found an exciting new site by a seasoned professional called Aging Grandparents.suite 101. You'll find the link under more favorite blogs on the right, but I wanted to call attention to this one. Maryan Pelland is fun, smart and knowledgable. Give it a try!

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MetLife and National Alliance for Caregiving Offer Free Guide

A news release has brought attention to the updated version of "Since You Care publication, Medications and the Older Adult." MetLife has some excellent studies on caregiving and aging. They make their research known and available to the public. This particular publication could be a valuable asset to caregivers and elders.

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