Breaking Barriers to Healthy Communication

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Family dynamics throughout the dementia journey are a powerful force. Stressful times can launch (or re-ignite) family feuds, hurt feelings, and communication challenges. Family structures, personal beliefs, personalities, and family history can make for complicated situations when it comes to caring about and caring for a person living with dementia and their loved ones. Our […]

When to stop or limit driving

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Deciding that it is time to discuss limiting driving or removing driving privileges with a parent is one of the most difficult things to do.  Driving is one of the key abilities that signifies independence, and when that is removed it may fundamentally change not only what that person can do, but also how they […]

Living prepared:organizing important records and vital information

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Whether it’s being prepared for the curve balls life can throw at you or just being able to find a vital document at a moment’s notice, having your most important records and personal information in one easy-to-find location will bring you peace of mind and security.  Preferred Living Solutions’ The Living Prepared Workbook:  My Need to […]

5 ideas for assisted living outdoor visits during COVID

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After months of being separated from our aging loved ones that reside in retirement communities, visit restrictions are being eased in many states. One or two family members or other loved ones are permitted to schedule outdoor visits with residents. Visitors are asked to follow the usual health safety protocols including temperature checks, symptoms questionnaires, […]

Staying connected with loved ones during COVID-19 through technology

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Do you want to talk to your loved-one face to face on a regular basis and feel frustrated that you can’t?  Would you like to be able to participate when the doctor sees your loved one, or talk to the staff when they are in your loved-one’s room?  Luckily, there are now some very simple […]

Five Creative Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day

Regardless of social distancing, limited get-togethers at restaurants, and all-around new realities of COVID-19, Father’s Day is a special time to recognize those important people in your life: dads, grandfathers, uncles, partners, friends, that person who made you feel safe and that taught life lessons to you as a child. It is fun to get […]

Face Masks and FaceTime

Today was a good day. I visited two clients, a husband and wife of 60+ years, in their home. I’ve been visiting them, providing care management support and services, for several years. This past year I’ve been with them through two hospitalizations, one rehab stint, numerous medical appointments, and more. Today we made our way […]

Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day celebrations this year may be much different for many families than past years. How can we honor and remember our mothers, grandmothers and the other special women in our lives during COVID-19? We’ll need to look for ways to be creative and loving while practicing social distancing to keep our aging loved ones […]

Post holiday blues

Post holiday blues is a normal feeling for many people, especially caregivers. The gifts have been opened, the decorations have been taken down, it’s back to our “regular” routine. This could be a time where a sense of sadness or depression may set in. The beginning of a new year comes with the ability to […]

An advocate: 5 reasons to have one

“An advocate can be a family member, friend, trusted coworker, or a hired professional who accompanies you to your appointments and asks questions, writes down information, and speaks up for you so you can better understand your illness and get the care you need.” [Source: AARP] As an Aging Life Care Professional (also known as […]