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Elder Care and Time Mangement: A Challenge

So, please take my suggestions in that manner. I've discussed some ideas with other caregivers, including those who care for elders and one man who cares for a child with disabilities. Our time management techniques aren't that different. When we care for vulnerable people, we are all much alike. Read more →

Boundaries Can Help Make Toxic Caregiving Relationships Tolerable

One thing that can help is to realize that the little kid inside of us most likely still wants our parents' approval. When we can't get that, even as adult caregivers, it hurts. To cope with those needs, it often helps to learn the techniques of detachment. Read more →

People with Down Syndrome Heroes for Alzheimer’s Research

It used to be rare that people with Down syndrome lived to be old enough to exhibit symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Today, with the advantage of better medical care, many people with Down syndrome now live into their 60s. At this age, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are most likely apparent. Read more →

Online Caregivers Study Needs Volunteers

The University of Maryland is conducting an online study for caregivers. The purpose of the study is to learn more about the experiences and needs of caregivers, who are often overlooked. If you provide daily care for a loved one, you may be able to take part in the study. Or if a loved one takes care of you on a daily basis, they may qualify to participate. Read more →

Is a Gender-specific Facility Right for Your Loved One?

Then, one day a new gentleman happened to join the group in the dining room. This woman, who hadn't cared much about her appearance for some time, suddenly wanted her hair fixed and insisted on a different outfit. In other words, a bit of her old pride of self surfaced and she wanted to impress a man. Read more →

Helping Parents Without Taking Over Takes Tactful Approach

Dear Carol: My dad is very healthy and active at 78, while Mom is a cancer survivor, has lung disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Her health continues to decline but Dad keeps taking care of her with no regular help. They’ve always been very close. Neither my sister nor I live in their community and we worry about Dad’s health declining from all of his years of caring for Mom. When we suggest that he move Mom to assisted living, Dad gets upset. Read more →

Living with Alzheimer’s: PBS Documentary, Glen Campbell Tour

While millions of people struggle with the reality of Alzheimer’s disease daily, most don’t have a voice that will be heard by millions of people who could benefit from information about Alzheimer’s disease. These people and their families can, at the very least, feel that in some small way their own voices are being channeled through documentaries such as “The Genius of Marian” and “Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me." Read more →

How to Cope With Loved One's Repeated Questions

However, my heart does go out to the many of you who must listen to the same statement 20 times in an hour, because the parent or other loved one has dementia and has lost short-term memory. This short-term memory loss makes it impossible for the person with dementia to remember what they just said, so they say it again – and again – and again. Read more →

Why Your Parent Can Often Fool the Doctor

One reason our elders put on such a show for the doctor is fear. They don't want to hear a bad diagnosis for many reasons, one being the possible loss of independence. So, they put on their company manners. They tell the doctor whatever seems best in order to get out of there "free." Read more →

5 Questions for Caregivers to Consider Before They Jump In

These are questions at the heart caregiving. Unfortunately, for most caregivers, these questions do not arise until they are feeling overwhelmed and depleted. Being able to say, "No, I can no longer continue to provide care in this way," could possibly save you from emotional and physical burnout, while deepening the level of honesty and openness in your relationships with your parents and family. Read more →