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Family Caregivers Provide Nursing Services Without Much Support

Family caregivers these days give medications that have precise and often complicated schedules. Many give injections and some use feeding tubes and dialysis equipment. Often, they have had little or no training and no reliable resource to answer questions. Read more →

12 Tips for Spousal Caregivers

While family members who provide care for loved ones share many issues, there’s a different emotional dynamic between caregiver and care receiver when the care partners are spouses than when they are an adult child caring for a parent. Here, we offer some tips for spouses. Read more →

When Late Stage Dementia Patients Cannot Articulate Pain

Dear Carol: My mom is in late stage dementia. According to the doctor she would be expected to sleep quite a bit, which she does. She’s on a strong opioid pain patch but she still seems to be in pain when she’s awake. It’s her agitation and gestures that clue me in. She’s had severe osteoarthritis for years, has had both hips replaced and she has spinal spurs. Read more →

HealthCentral Twitter Chat Focuses on Health Costs

However, many caregivers are still on their employer’s policies, or have enrolled in a policy through a state and federal market place. In other words, we have to juggle insurance issues for our loved ones as well as ourselves. Read more →

Alzheimer’s and Communication: Some Suggestions

For example, I vividly recall a time when my uncle insisted that I fix his magazines. I straightened the pile of magazines on his bedside table, thinking this was what he wanted. However, he grew more and more agitated as he repeated – with increasing volume – fix my magazines! Read more →

Bilingual People May be Better Protected Against Alzheimer's

Joe’s experience of growing up in a home where a language other than English was hardly unusual since, historically, the U.S. has been populated by immigrants. What’s surprising to me is that when Joe was young, educators thought that he and others like him would be at an educational disadvantage. althcentral.com/alzheimers/c/62/158876/bilingual-people#sthash.lIlfeTTc.dpuf Read more →

Flu Kills: Keeping Our Elders Safe

Q. Martie, what steps should be taken short of hibernation to avoid getting the flu in the first place? A. For caregivers at home, I would call for a modified hibernation strategy, meaning you need to modify your behaviors to help reduce your exposure risk. Think about the timing of interactions: Read more →