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Music Activities for Seniors in Nursing Homes

By DJ Hughes Music activities for seniors in nursing homes and other care facilities can help their emotional and psychological needs. Music, songs, singing and playing instruments all contribute to creative expression and stimulation, as well as group participation. Seniors in geriatric and palliative care can benefit from a vibrant music program. Alzheimer's and other dementia…
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Does Caring for Elderly Parents Affect Your Health?

By Bob Kohut The burden of caring for elderly parents is something that will one day confront almost all of us.  Not only that, it is a burden that will be born for a potentially very long time as more and more of the elderly are living longer and longer.  Today, seniors’ reaching the age…
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How can I be in two places at once? Part II

By Joy Loverde The modern day reality of long-distance caregiving is being limited in terms of relationships, time, distance, stamina, and skill. Here are a few tips from my book, The Complete Eldercare Planner on how to create a network of support from others who can help share the care and lighten our load: (more…)
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How can I be in two places at once? Part I

By Joy Loverde In the world of eldercare, the process of caring for aging parents and loved ones requires that we learn an entirely new set of sometimes confusing rules and roles. On any given day we’ll grapple with questions like who makes the decisions and who pays for what? We’ll also ride the emotional…
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Caregiver Stress – 6 Tips to Avoid Burning Out

By Martin R. Sabel Taking care of an elderly parent can be a Jekyll and Hyde experience for family caregivers. On the one hand providing care to an aging parent can be very rewarding. It brings the caregiver adult child and their parent closer together. On the other hand, increasing responsibilities ramp up caregiver stress…
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Caregiver Stress Anxiety May Be the Worst

Taking care of my mother for nine years taught me about caregiver stress. My mother had progressive dementia and, as the years passed, she turned into a stranger. I didn't know her any more. Though my husband often helped with caregiving tasks, most of the responsibilities were mine. Caregiving became a lonely experience. "Many caregivers…
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Straight eldercare talk about sibling help III

by Joy Loverde My last blog offered tips on letting siblings know more what’s expected of them, giving them a choice, replacing complaining with requests, suggesting trial runs and getting parents more involved. Here are the rest of the tips from my book, The Complete Eldercare Planner, (Revised and Updated, 2009, Random House): Call their…
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Straight eldercare talk about sibling help II

By Joy Loverde Let’s face it, how we think and what we do can send siblings running in the opposite direction. In his article, "The Myth of Role Reversal," care consultant Claude Thau reports, “Frequently, a child will enter the care-giving portion of life with noble enthusiasm. ‘My father was always there when I needed…
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Straight eldercare talk about sibling help I

By Joy Loverde Caring for aging parents is not always a family affair. Your brother doesn’t return phone calls. Mom makes demands on you and not of the others. Sis thinks you should pick up the tab for mom's care because you have the better-paid career. What other situations come to mind when you think…
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Alzheimer's Challenges

Hudson, Wisconsin (population 11,913) is a typical Midwestern river town. In particular, Hudson is safe:  On a scale of one to 10, with one being the lowest, Hudson's violent crime rate is two. Hudson is where Claire and Betty Erickson grew up, married, raised their children, and prospered for 51 joyous years.  Claire was the…
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