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How to Deal With Aging Parents

Statistics show that people are living longer and longer. The age that people live to has grown dramatically in the past 20 years. Because people are living longer there is usually greater need for assistance as we age. In the majority of households the assistance that seniors receive usually comes from their children. In many…
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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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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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Becoming a Partner in Elder Health Care

When it comes to becoming a partner in elder health care, I've learned that an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure.  Finding good elder health care can be a daunting task, but finding a good family or geriatric care physician is vital. For many years we had a doctor who specialized…
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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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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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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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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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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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