Recent Posts by Carrie

Caring for Parents & ‘Driving Miss Daisy’

If you are caring for parents, are you worried about whether it's safe for them to continue driving? This eldercare issue is a tough one because we need to balance safety with our parent's desire for independent living. Physical Issues That Can Affect Driving According to an article in New Jersey Jewish News, 90% of…
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Caring for Parents Who Still Work

If you're caring for parents who still work, it's wonderful to encourage them to continue working as long as they can and as long as they enjoy it. However, even parents in an independent living situation may start showing signs that work is more difficult due to physical or cognitive changes. As the eldercare provider,…
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Put a Positive Spin on Eldercare

If you're caring for parents, it may pay off to put a positive spin on your eldercare practices. I recently read an interesting article in The Washington Post about a possible link between personality, lifestyle, and risk for Alzheimer's disease. The study, conducted by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, found that older adults who…
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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Eldercare

If you're providing eldercare to your parent and have wondered whether complementary or alternative medicine could enhance your parent's standard elder health care plan, the National Institutes of Health's Senior Health website includes a terrific section on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Here are some highlights from the site: Complementary medicine is defined as being…
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Pets as Part of Eldercare

If you provide eldercare for one or more parents, you might want to consider adding a pet to your caregiving routine. Pets have long been recognized as having special qualities that can help people with a range of challenges, especially those requiring senior care. Pets have been shown to lift mood among the depressed, stimulate…
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Stay Healthy While Caring for Parents

We all know that caring for parents is a tough job even though it's also a privilege. We want to do our best to be effective caregivers, and sometimes that means pushing ourselves a little harder than we're used to. While this can be rewarding and gives us a sense of accomplishment, it can also…
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Therapeutic Touch in Alzheimer's Caregiving

I just watched a wonderful eldercare segment on CNN.com by Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the importance of therapeutic touch in Alzheimer's caregiving. The segment features Sol Rogers, an 89-year-old caregiver to his spouse, Rita, who has had Alzheimer's disease for 8 years. When she entered an eldercare facility several months ago, she could no longer…
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Eldercare Services Should Include Counseling for Caregivers

When we think of eldercare services, we often think of home health care, geriatric care, home-delivered meal services, and senior centers. But what about caregivers? As an essential part of the eldercare equation, caregivers should have eldercare services targeted to help them, too. Recent research showed that eldercare services like individual counseling for caregivers and…
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Is it always Alzheimer’s? – Reassessing Eldercare

We all want our parents to maintain independent living for as long as possible. But when we notice minor memory slips and other small signs of confusion among our parents, it's normal to worry a bit. Is our parent getting Alzheimer's disease? How much longer will independent living be an option? Are the memory slips…
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Loss of Financial Skills Can Affect Independent Living

Are you worried about your parent's ability to maintain independent living? While many factors determine whether living alone is safe, a recent study indicated that those with early-stage Alzheimer's disease show such rapid declines in financial skills that this can signal a need for senior assistance sooner rather than later. The study, conducted at the…
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