Category Archives: EldercareABC

Alzheimer Granny Takes a Shower II

Frena Gray-Davidson continues  to share how Alzheimer Granny takes a shower: 1. Cut down the number of showers per week. This reduces the occasions for upset and is more in keeping with the skin requirements of elders, many of whom already have fragile dry skin that lotion doesn't really restore, though it helps. About 3…
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Understanding and Learning About Elderly Arthritis

by Samuel Tarwell Seniors and those over 65 are at risk for several types of diseases, but arthritis is the most common among this age group. Arthritis is not actually just one term, but is instead used to describe more than a hundred kinds of rheumatic diseases, most of which result in limited accessibility. Despite…
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Coping with Manipulative Parents in Eldercare

by Christy Cuellar-Wentz I was hugely uncomfortable, a week overdue with my first child.  Almost everybody sensed that this was a delicate time in my life, one requiring sensitivity and support.  Everyone except my grandparents, who were calling hourly with assorted problems, demanding to know when my mother could come back and tend to their…
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Maintaining Sanity During Dementia's Cognitive Decline

by Christy Cuellar-Wentz I winced.  The woman in the grocery store reached her breaking point as the elderly man in her care grabbed handfuls of gold wrapped chocolates and shoved them in his pocket.  Her words spilled out in a rush.  "Don't you understand that you're not allowed to have those?  They give you diarrhea,…
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Eldercare Questions and Insights

by Joy Loverde As the author of The Complete Eldercare Planner and online elder care columnist geared toward people who are caring for aging parents, I’ve been asked some interesting questions. The depth of where our caregiving journeys will lead us never ceases to amaze me. This blog offers insights into the complex elder care…
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Healing Power of Music in Eldercare

by Christy Cuellar-Wentz Who knew music could be so good for us?!  I'm watching a fascinating documentary, The Music Instinct: Science and Song, and am amazed by the powerful ways in which music can transform our lives.  My mother was a musician as I was growing up, so I was immersed in music at an…
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