Category Archives: Relationships

Nursing Home Residents Welcome Bird Feeders

Everyone likes to watch birds at a feeder. Who can resist the sight of a black and white chickadee extracting the kernel from a sunflower seed? Or the delicate beauty of a bright yellow goldfinch perching at the feeder? But there is one group of bird watchers who particularly enjoy watching life at the feeder.…
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Injecting the Empathy and Caring into Caregiving

"How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." -- George Washington Carver I must confess that when it comes to providing parent…
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Handling Unexpected Life Stories in Eldercare

"Hurry up girls, the cops are coming!"  My grandfather's startling words rang through the house.  I came running, and discovered him vividly reliving an incident involving illegal activities that occurred many years before I was born. As a caregiver for my grandfather, I was learning long buried information about his life.  Dementia was erasing the…
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Grown-Up Kids and Caregiving

Taking on the role of caregiving can be especially tough for adult children. Its magnified when grown up siblings suddenly converge on the scene and dealing with the emotional issues becomes paramount.  It's tough to focus on the patient - your aging and ill senior parent - when family members are stuck repeating childhood conflicts…
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Assisted Living Homes and State Laws

At a later stage in life seniors are unable to carry out the functions that they have taken for granted for decades. They require assistance for the completion of daily activities. Diseased, paralyzed, and elderly come under this category. Assisted living homes help in achieving basic activities of daily living. These communities have obviously fall…
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Senior Dating Tips

Only the young, are not entitled to date. Those of the "third" age are just as entitled, more so, because at that point in life, they find themselves single and alone again after divorces or through widowhood.The important thing is that both young and mature are finding that when it comes to dating, the Internet…
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Informal Family & Serial Caregiving

Informal or family caregiving for an elderly loved one when they are ill or disabled is expected in virtually all cultures of the world and is generally accepted as the "norm" in most developing countries. In the US, family continues to provide most of the care and supportive services to older family members. The family contribution to…
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Guilty Feelings Come with Caregiving

Sometimes I think guilt is the caregivers' natural state.  Parent care is a huge responsibility. It can feel like you are not doing enough.  Sometimes guilt can get out of control. I knew as a caregiver that when I started feeling guilty over disagreements that I had with my mother when I was a teenager…
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The Truth about Elderly Dating

The most commented post at EldercareABC has been about  online elderly dating .    Many others are also noticing the online mature dating phenomena and we have even had one or two requests for recommended dating sites.  Of course emailing and talking in chat rooms is one thing, but before you proceed and meet someone in…
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Caregiving to the Worlds Worst Patient

You know who he is. That old man in your guest bedroom who refuses to go to his monthly check up. The elderly woman who complains about every meal you make after putting in a full day at work. He or she is your parent, the world's worst patient. How do you cope with an…
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