Category Archives: Relationships

Deepen Your Parent Care Bond

There's no better way of connecting to the emotional side of parent care than listening to your parent's life stories.  Preserving her stories via recordings or video creates an elder care legacy to share with your family.  Encouraging your parent to share stories deepens your parent care bond and helps them review their life. It's…
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Caring for the Elderly Adventure

Caring for the elderly is an adventure that more and more people are embarking on as their parents or another loved one requires their help.  Caring for the elderly can be a slow and easy event that a caregiver grows accustomed to over the years, or it may be an event that occurs quickly due…
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When Caregiving Ends

It's been a year since my mother died and my caregiving ended.  The caregiving was an all consuming responsibility.  I yearned for my role to end and I dreaded it at the same time. About a year before my mother died, she experienced a sharp decline.  For the first time I realized that some day…
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Taking Time for You While Caring for the Elderly

We're all care providers here. Whether we're parents, children caring for parents or lucky enough to be the "sandwich" generation (caring for both parents and children simultaneously) it's often hard to find a moment to breathe, let alone relax. After all, there are meals to cook, errands to run, bills to pay, medical appointments to…
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25 Bad Habits Every Caregiver Should Avoid

A habit is a constant, often unconscious inclination to perform some act, acquired through its frequent repetition. If the habit is objectionable, we call it a "bad habit". It's possible to control your habits and make a positive change in as little as 30 days. Focus on one habit at a time. (more…)
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Strategies For Accepting The Changes Through Aging

Loving All Phases - Strategies For Accepting The Changes Through Aging Too often, much of what is being communicated by our elderly parents and friends is overlooked or dismissed. Many a chasm has been created in relationships because someone fails to understand another, and this later phase of life is no exception. Having spent time…
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Alzheimer's Disease: Coping With Caregiver Stress and Burnout

If you're a caregiver for your parent with Alzheimer's and you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, consider these tips for coping with caregiver stress and burnout: Learn as much as you can about Alzheimer's disease. Although you might not want to think about it, you'll thank yourself later because…
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The Upside to Elderly Home Care

The upside to elderly home care may surprise you. I know it did me. When I first ventured down the elderly home care  path, I found it to be challenging, sometimes exasperating and oftentimes so physically and mentally exhausting that I wasn't sure how I could go on providing elderly home care. I  discovered that…
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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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Why Parent Care is not Child Care

Most of us find it difficult to know when to step in and provide parent care.  We are used to seeing our parents as capable.  It can come as rude shock the first time we realize that they are vulnerable and need our help. Some people talk about this transition as "parenting" your parents.  This…
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