Recent Posts by Janice

Caring for Parents: Watch out for Weight Loss

Helping your parent maintain a consistent, healthy weight is a key role when caring for parents.  Many of us think that losing weight as we age is to be expected.  An average 90 year old eats 25% less food than a 20 year old. While elders do eat less, it's important to treat unintentional weight…
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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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Caring for Parents: Know the Warning Signs of Depression

It's important to know the warning signs of depression, when caring for parents. Elder health care studies have shown that changes in health and loss of social connections put seniors at high risk for developing depression. The key to caring for parents at risk for depression is to look for changes in behavior and get…
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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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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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Caregiving: Keeping your Marriage Safe

Caregiving can put as much strain on your marriage as raising young children. It takes the same type of focus on your marriage that you used when your children were young to keep your relationship strong now.  The time and emotional energy that elder care requires can leave you with less energy to share with…
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Find a 5 Star Nursing Home

Medicare has just made finding a great nursing home for your parent easier. The agency recently launched a 5 star rating system for nursing find-a-5-star-nursing-home1homes. The rating system makes it easier for family caregivers to choose among the many facilities that are available.

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