Recent Posts by Carrie

Successful Long Distance Eldercare

Since I live over 2,000 miles from my own parents, I often wonder how I will manage eldercare responsibilities if and when they begin to need more help. I know I won't be alone in this predicament. Families are spread farther and farther apart these days and it is less likely that adult children will…
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Eldercare and Medications: Keeping Your Parent Safe

If you're providing eldercare for your parent, I have an important question for you: Do you know all of the medications that your parent is taking? In an article at CNN.com, Dr. Jerry Gurwitz stated that 38 million elder health care patients will experience drug complications in any given year, and that 180,000 of these…
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The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Eldercare

In the mid-1990s, Virginia Bell and David Troxel developed the Best Friends approach to Alzheimer's eldercare. Their vision was to provide caregivers with a way to interact with people with Alzheimer's that creates a positive experience for everyone. If you're caring for parents with Alzheimer's, the Best Friends approach (more…)
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Assistive Technology Can Enhance Eldercare

If eldercare responsibilities are becoming more difficult, you might want to explore assistive technology as a way of easing the caregiving burden while enhancing quality of life for your parent. What is assistive technology? It's any device that helps your parent live more independently. Assistive technology geared toward senior living can range from simple walking…
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Address Caregiver Stress, Before You’re a Mess!

Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship,in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. - Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor (1978) It's time to ask yourself a hard question about caregiving: Are you currently dwelling in the kingdom of the well, or in the kingdom of the sick? Although your…
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How to Choose an Assisted Living Facility

Is your parent in that in-between state, where independent living is no longer safe but nursing home care isn't necessary? If so, you might want to consider assisted living for your parent. Assisted living is a type of senior living arrangement that combines the best of both worlds. Assisted living encourages independence to the fullest…
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How Caregivers Can Prevent Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is a difficult topic for anyone to discuss. We don't like to think about elder abuse as a reality, but unfortunately, a comprehensive studyby the University of Chicago revealed that approximately 13% of older Americans are mistreated either verbally, financially, or physically. In the study, among those who reported verbal abuse, 26% reported…
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Eight Things You Need to Know about Alzheimer's Disease

If you're caring for a parent with Alzheimer's disease, you already know that the condition can seem like a very dark mystery with wonderful moments of sunshine. Watching my own grandmother descend into Alzheimer's while I was in college is what led me to a career devoted to helping other families deal with the heartache and challenges associated with this disease.

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What Is a Geriatric Care Manager?

While working for the Alzheimer's Association, I received a lot of phone calls concerning geriatric care for aging parents. Many of the calls came from adult children who were either overwhelmed with caregiving responsibilities or lived too far away to provide the eldercare their parent required. Many times, I suggested that the caller look into hiring a geriatric care manager.

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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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