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Apr 20, 2021, 8:54 AM
Recently, one of the members in a Facebook support group for caregivers asked a straightforward question: what is your biggest struggle when caring for your loved one? a caregiver who can identify any struggle should make every effort to remedy it, even if only partially. If you feel like any of…
Apr 4, 2021, 3:18 PM
Studies show that people with involved care partners, like family, have better outcomes. This is why I always advise my clients to get involved in their loved one’s care after they move into a senior care community
Mar 19, 2021, 1:21 PM
Hope for the best (aging at your home) and prepare for the worst (needing to move to move from home), is a good way to start the conversation about senior care communities. When I’m asked, “When is the best time to start looking for an assisted living facility?” I answer, “When you’re not under the…
Feb 28, 2021, 10:28 AM
Not every person with dementia will exhibit verbal or physical aggression, but when they do, we are quick to label it as "misbehavior" that needs to be medicated. To understand the "misbehavior," you need to understand the dementia brain and the underlying reasons that are most often the cause for…
Feb 22, 2021, 5:45 AM
Are You A Caregiver For A Loved One? In response to this question, a daughter of one of my clients seemed dumbfounded. “What do you mean ‘caregiver’?” she asked me. “She’s my mom, I’m her daughter, that’s why I help her.” True, this person is your parent. And if you care for a parent, you may not…
Feb 6, 2021, 10:57 AM
You became a full-time caregiver for your loved one out of commitment, love, and a sense of responsibility. If you feel exhausted, stressed, anxious, angry, or frustrated, you are not alone. Caregiver’s burnout is more common than you think.
Jan 24, 2021, 12:41 PM
As parents, our role is to take care of our children. As we age, a time may come that we need the help of our adult children. While it makes sense that our children would share the load equally, in reality it isn’t so simple. Many factors contribute to this inequality and family dynamic is one of…
Jan 9, 2021, 12:12 AM
My (ex) mother-in-law had the ability to never let anyone experience the ‘uncomfortable moments of silence.' She had the ability to start a friendly conversation with anyone about anything. But now, as she is in the late stage of Alzheimer’s and lost all ability to communicate; talk or understand…
Dec 24, 2020, 10:37 AM
No matter where we live, what we believe in, or how old we are, we all strive to experience love. To give love and to be loved
Dec 21, 2020, 12:11 PM
The most common advice you’ll hear about diet is to eat smaller, healthier portions and exercise more. If you think this is easier said than done, imagine a person living with dementia who only wants to sit on the couch eating sweets.