Category Archives: Caring for elderly parents

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 […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas for the seniors in your life? So what are you getting for your Mom this Christmas? What are you getting for your Dad? “They already have everything they need”, you say. “They are actually thinking of moving so that they can down size, I don’t want to add […]

The Weight of Caregiver Guilt

The weight of caregiver guilt can be overwhelming. Guilt is a 4-letter word in disguise. It is a bad feeling that can tear us down. As family caregivers we wrestle with feelings of guilt frequently. We give all we have however too often we feel like we have failed. And we doubt ourselves every single […]

Palliative care and hospice care

Hospice and palliative care are two healthcare approaches offering compassionate support  to patients with life limiting illnesses. When a loved one is living with health issues it can be hard for him or her to understand what options may be available to help manage treatment, side effects, advance directive decisions, and decision-making around stopping treatment. […]

5 fun activities for Assisted Living residents

Assisted Living residents’ days tend to be routine and, sometimes, downright boring. Talking with a client’s daughter this morning, we brainstormed a few great ideas for family members and caregivers to inject some fun and novelty in your loved one’s week. Sending and receiving mail (snail mail using paper, pen and a postage stamp) is […]

Granny pods

Granny pods, med cottages, tiny homes: all are descriptors for a new senior long-term residential solution. Granny pods are – simply stated – “very cool”! Reverend Ken Dupin invented these 12 feet by 24 feet pods that sit conveniently in any backyard and plug right up one’s existing plumbing and electrical. They allow both caregiver […]

Wandering: search and rescue aids

One of a caregiver’s greatest fears is that their loved one will go wandering. After my uncle was diagnosed with dementia, my aunt was determined to care for him in their home. Our family supported her decision. As years went by and the dementia progressed, she worried about him wandering away. Keeping loved ones safe […]

Sibling rivalry, aging parents and running the emotional gauntlet

Sibling rivalry, also known as competition between sisters and brothers for a parent’s attention, may change over time. Unique relationships can strengthen or weaken on the road from childhood to adulthood. Birth order can create lifelong labels that defy age, education, and experience. With that status often come a pre-defined set of roles. As Jane […]

Vitamin D: bring back the sunshine

As basic as our need for water, sunlight is an ingredient for healthy bodies and minds. Known as the sunshine vitamin, we produce Vitamin D in response to exposure to sunlight. It is necessary for strong bones. Bone pain and muscle weakness are ways our bodies may reflect a deficiency. Low blood levels of Vitamin […]

Adaptive clothing improves life for caregivers and care partners

Caregivers, adaptive clothing for aging loved ones will make your and your care partner’s lives easier. You may think that suggesting an adult bib might embarrass your loved one. Instead, think about a bib as a tool to help keep favorite blouses or shirts stain-free. Buttoning” your own shirt is now possible again for those […]