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Now, we want to share the story of a 26-year-old who lives with both bowel and bladder incontinence due to abuse suffered as a young teen. Because of the sensitive nature of this story, the name we are using is a pseudonym, the gender vague, and a few aspects of the story have... Read more →


These days, having an aging loved one move in is still an option for some families, but it has become more complicated. Multigenerational living can have serious implications, and there are a number of factors that are often overlooked that must be taken into consideration first... Read more →


Dear DL: You’re right that I've addressed this, but I’ve received several similar questions within the last couple of weeks, so we’ll take another look. The articles you're referring to are probably about the current research stating that early signs of dementia may show up... Read more →


Even taking that into consideration, caregiving is more of an art than a science. Yes, we look for information and input from trained experts, but each day and each circumstance will require flexibility on our part, and we’ll often be making split-second decisions. Again... Read more →


The average age of menopause for women in the United States is 51, however, there is a large variance due to overall health and genetics, as well as surgical causes. Most women experience the hormonal changes that lead up to this life change in their 40s, with the early phase being considered perimenopause... Read more →


f incontinence is part of your daily caregiving life, know that you’re not alone. It affects 25 million Americans—men and women alike—and 200 million worldwide (according to the... Read more →


You know this but we'll restate that for traveling stock up on supplies heavily beforehand. Additionally, she may want to limit her beverages while you’re on the road to some degree but not so much that dehydration would be an issue. With the current Read more →


We Want to Keep Our Parents Safe but They May Need Some Risks for Their Mental Health

Joe’s mental health, his dignity, and his freedom to choose were far more valuable to him than his physical health, or even his life. When I’d explain that if he fell, he could lose all independence, he shrugged it off. I learned a lot from Joe, but the most important thing was that with dignity there often comes some risk. His story illustrates... Read more →


Even with the legal work in place, though, you are looking at their ever-increasing needs, so it’s good that you’re trying to work out a road map about how this could work for all of you. Your husband, children, and grandchild are as important as your parents... Read more →


The “Empowered Caregiver” is specifically designed to provide you with strategies and solutions for caring for your older parents in ways that can significantly reduce your own stress. Fodrini-Johnson begins with the all-important basics such as safety concerns and navigating legal issues. From there, she moves forward to assist you... Read more →