Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Gadgets for Seniors Introduced at Consumer Electronics Show

For the first time in its 41-year history, the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, held January 8-11, had a daylong exhibition and conference devoted to aging and technology. The January 10 Silvers Summit featured panels, presentations, and product demonstrations from companies such as Electronic Arts, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, and Qualcomm. The…
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Coordinating Parent Care

Caring for parents requires organization and focus.  You've added parent care tasks to your already busy life.  How can you streamline your caregiving? Top parent care challenges are: Organizing important information Keeping family and friends informed Getting help with day-to-day caregiving tasks (more…)
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Communicating Through Dementia with SAFE

Caregiving for a family member with dementia can be a mind bending experience. Making a connection through the dementia means letting go of our "reality" and meeting your parent where she is.  Dementia can take you on amazing journeys into a person's past. As a caregiver for a parent with dementia, you need new communication…
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Caregiving and Communicating through Dementia

Caregiving and communicating when your parent has dementia can be challenging. I've spent time in the "fun house" world of mother's dementia, where my name was Alice not Janice and the game of "where is my purse?" went on all morning.  Caregiving was exhausting. I wasted a lot of time and energy correcting my mom…
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Making Your Visits With Elderly Parents Memorable

When you visit your elderly parents what do you do with them? Do you have trouble coming up with activities? Don't just sit around looking at each other; take steps to make visits with elderly parents memorable one. The kitchen is a great place to interact with your parent. Bring over the ingredients for a…
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3 Tips for Successful Long Distance Caregiving

Are you caregiving while living in a different city or state from your family member? It's estimated that 7 million family caregivers live an hour or more away from the person they are caring for. Long distance caregiving has its own unique set of challenges. Even the simplest task like filling a prescription takes careful…
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Finding In-Home Elderly Assistance

My widowed aunt was living alone and as she was getting older we began to see some telltale signs that she might need some type of senior assistance.   Her home wasn't as clean as it once was, she seemed to be eating less and less, and she was becoming a bit unsteady on her feet.…
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Want to Know More About Elder Services?

Do you want to know more about elder services for your elderly parents or family member? One of the first questions I had when I suddenly became Mom's caregiver after an emergency surgery was what elder services were available for her and where could I find them? The Internet The Internet lets our fingers do…
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Welcome to the EldercareABC Blog

EldercareABC began as an idea based on empathy and community. Stephen and Sandy Joyce had cared for both of their parents. When they were gone, what remained was the memory of how challenging their caregiving experiences had been.
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