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If other family members have decided that they do not wish to participate in the elder’s care, it complicates things further. There is a great deal of pressure on one primary caregiver... 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 →


“My husband Ron, a lifelong academic, was diagnosed at age 56 with younger onset Alzheimer's disease (also known as early onset Alzheimer’s disease or EOAD) while he was still teaching. We’d always combined our finances, and though we were not wealthy... Read more →


From pull-ups to diapers, Egosan’s coverage is designed with eco-friendly, aloe-based material and wicking-away moisture relief. The products also provide superb overnight protection — which extends absorption time and ultimately leads to less frequent changing for a money-saving, quality-of-life win, both for caregivers of persons with incontinence and individuals living with it. 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 →


Dear LD: My heart is with you. I've been where you are and that feeling of helplessness is awful. You probably check many of these regularly but here are some ideas. See if he seems too cold or overly heated. Try to tempt him... 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 →