Blog: Senior Living & Advocacy
Eugene - Springfield, Oregon
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.
Nov 26, 2020, 11:33 AM
Many of us dream about happy retirement days, and we save toward those retirement dreams. But some of us end up using that money to financially support our adult children or grandchildren. What if you needed this money to pay for a “dream” memory care facility, but you already gave it away to help…
Sep 30, 2020, 3:46 PM
Remember the instructions you get on an airplane? In case of emergency, first put the mask on yourself and only then attend to anyone around you. As a caregiver, you need to follow the flight attendants’ instructions. Caring for a family member can be physically and emotionally stressful, so you…
Sep 26, 2020, 12:03 PM
When caring for a loved one at home, the family must become care providers, but they often lack the necessary knowledge. A care plan can help identify loved ones’ care needs and points to appropriate solutions.