How to Have "The Talk" With Your Parents

Posted November 28, 2012
 At a loss for how to approach these delicate subjects? provides some sage advice: How to Have "The Talk" With Your Parents By Paula Spencer Scott, senior editor Wondering how to start the conversation with an aging parent about a sensitive topic? Whether you need to talk about moving, giving up driving, or bringing in help, knowing which words to use and to avoid can improve the odds of moving toward solutions.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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New Old Age: Turning a Home Into a Hospital

Posted November 26, 2012
One woman shares her experience with hospice care for her Mother... Turning a Home Into a Hospital By LINDA G. BEELER   At age 96, my mother moved to New York City to live with me and my family in our two-bedroom Manhattan apartment after becoming increasingly isolated while living alone in Florida. She moved into my sons’ bedroom surrounded by all manner of adolescent paraphernalia, including every style of trendy sneakers, a giant papier-mâché statue of Michael Jordan and a poster of Bob Marley.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Encouraging eating: Advice for at-home dementia caregivers

Posted November 22, 2012
It's not hard to encourage eating today, am I right?  I found some great tips from The National Institute on Aging to promote a stress free day of eating for all you most generous Caregivers! Tips for Making Mealtimes Easier and More Enjoyable View mealtimes as opportunities for social interaction and success for yourself and the person with dementia.  A warm & happy tone of voice can set the mood.  Try to make mealtimes calm, comfortable, and reassuring.  Be patient, avoid rushing through meals, and give the person enough time to finish the meal...    To continue reading the entire ...
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Signs of Alzheimer’s at the holidays

Posted November 21, 2012
Here's a good article from the Alzheimer's Association to read before the big day... Signs of Alzheimer’s at the holidays In addition to a new dessert recipe or family vacation photos, bring an important gift home this holiday season and become educated about the warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Visiting with relatives over the holidays may raise questions about the physical and cognitive health of family members.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Caregiving Fact Sheet: Issues and Strategies

Posted November 16, 2012
This is a great overview of Caregiving!  As a matter of fact, the Family Caregiver Alliance is full of great overviews, so check them out.   Have a great weekend!   Introduction Caregiving takes many forms. Many of us help older, sick, or disabled family members and friends every day. We know we are helping, but we don't think of ourselves as caregivers. We are glad to do this and feel rewarded by it, but if the demands are heavy, over time we can also become exhausted and stressed...   To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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How to Help Your Loved One Control High Blood Pressure

Posted November 15, 2012
Tips on Caregiving from Everyday Health You can help by reading nutrition labels, cooking heart healthy meals, and being an exercise buddy and a friend. By Beth W. Orenstein // Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH The best way for most people to control their high blood pressure is to maintain a healthy weight, exercise, take their hypertension medications, and reduce the stress in their lives. They should also quit smoking, avoid secondhand smoke, and limit alcohol consumption. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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AARP: Managing Caregiver Emotions

Posted November 14, 2012
With Holiday Season nearing full swing, the stress that comes along with Caregiving can be at an all time high.  I hope this article, from the AARP helps...   How to manage and confront three distinct and difficult experiences while caregiving by: Sally Abrahms | from: AARP Bulletin Ever since I've been a caregiver, I've been waiting for The Call. If you're caring for a loved one, you know what I mean — the telephone rings, and you learn that your parent has taken a turn for the worse and you must rush to his side. In the past 12 years ...
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