March 16, 2015 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
Coping with Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for both the person affected as well as his or her loved ones. Jolene Brackey, author of Creating Moments of Joy and founder of Enhanced Moments, works to help families and senior care professionals handle the changes that Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia bring.
January 23, 2015 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
From the time you were born your parents kept you safe, warm, clothed, fed. Helped with your homework. Worried when you were sick or broke curfew.
Eventually your parents retired while you raised your kids and similarly fretted about illnesses, curfews and college. They likely still guided you during this time, but at some point older parents may start to have issues with mobility, vision or worse.
July 11, 2014 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
There are certain books that become emblematic of specific life stages, and as such are passed from friend to family member to neighbor, referenced in conversations and housed in the libraries of all those experiencing that life event. Just as Murkoff and Mazel’s What to Expect When You’re Expecting has been the ultimate guide for expecting parents, Virginia Morris’s How to Care for Aging Parents: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues..
June 11, 2014 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
Francine Russo has an impressive history of expertise around relationships and family dynamics. An acclaimed journalist, she has authored pieces in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine and The Village Voice, among other publications. As Time magazine’s Boomer Expert, Francine answered questions about aging loved ones and other subjects from adults around the world in her “Ask Francine” column.
April 7, 2014 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
There are currently over 75 million family caregivers who provide home care for a loved one. By the year 2050, there will be over one million centenarians – individuals over the age of 100 – living in the North America alone, rendering Rosalyn Carter’s words, quoted above, all the more powerful. Family caregivers fill a vital role in the health and quality of life of their loved ones.
November 8, 2013 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
One of the biggest emotional challenges of witnessing progressive decline in a loved one with a form of dementia is the communicative gap that arises when language is lost. At this point, caregivers can feel as though they’ve lost all ability to connect with their loved ones.
October 3, 2013 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
Worldwide, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia affect 35.6 million people and this number is projected to triple by 2050. For many of those living with dementia, a family member assumes the role of primary caregiver. Although providing care for an elderly parent or loved one with Alzheimer’s…
August 27, 2013 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
A fall can result in very serious consequences, especially for seniors. Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls; unintentional falls are the leading cause of death by injury and the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions in this age group…
August 13, 2013 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
Broaching the topic of potentially bringing on outside assistance with an aging parent or loved one can be an emotional and difficult process. Often, adult children feel guilty for not being able to fulfill the role of primary caregiver without help and aging parents…
August 7, 2013 | Found In: Caregiver Tips
Are you the primary caregiver for a loved one? There are an estimated 75 million adults in North America caring for an elderly, chronically ill or disabled family member. A vast majority of these family caregivers are part of the “sandwich generation,”…