AARP: Are You Ambivalent About Your Caregiving Role?

Posted March 22, 2013
I wanted to share this because it has got to be a common feeling among Caregivers.  It's totally normal, but that fact doesn't help with feeling better.  This article does; read it for some advise on managing those emotions...   Learn strategies for dealing with difficult feelings by Barry J. Jacobs, AARP I have a confession to make: I resent driving my 82-year-old mother to visit her husband, my demented stepfather, at the smelly, crowded and unpleasant nursing home where he now is confined. On the 20-minute ride there, I grip the steering wheel and silently seethe. I'm irritable while she ...
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AAPR: How to Choose an Elder Mediator

Posted March 19, 2013
Maybe it's denial when dementia "sneaks up" on a loved one or maybe it just takes a turn for the worst, very quickly.  Either way, should you find yourself here, know you are not alone and yes, it is very difficult to decide what and how to do -- especially when you aren't the only one deciding!  This AAPR article suggests hiring someone who's trained to navigate these waters and I think it's worth the money, at the very least a one hour session.  You can learn a lot in an hour.   Here's the best way to find someone ...
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What if your parents need money? Great article from Cincinnati.com

Posted February 18, 2010
An estimated 38 million Americans provide care to an aging relative. The president's proposed budget for 2011 adds $103 million for programs that help elderly adults stay in their homes through in-home services, transportation and other support programs. via news.cincinnati.com
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Alzheimer’s – There’s an app for that.

Posted February 12, 2010
Apps for All recently released a new app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad to those with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.  It helps to identify apps that will improve the quality of life specifically those that will calm, lift spirits or engage the user. According to the description, "The goal is to leverage these app-inspired activities resulting in an improved interaction with caregivers and visitors. Grandchildren, for example, can find familiar music, games, or activities in apps that can be enjoyed together perhaps stimulating discussion by one who is normally less communicative." The app is .99 cents and you can ...
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Communicating in Alzheimer’s World

Posted February 10, 2010
Alzheimer's Reading Room: Communicating in Alzheimer's World  After repeatedly correcting my mother, telling her she just ate, and watching her get frustrated or angry, I finally realized something had to change -- this something was me. I had to change...... I love Bob's Blog, the Alzheimer's Reading room. This is one of my favorite articles because it speaks to anyone of us who has found themselves a little (.....) frustrated when trying to communicate with someone with Alzheimer's disease If you are in that situation now, take a second and click the link at the top of this post a ...
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Are You or Someone You Know Caring For an Elderly Loved One?

Posted December 16, 2009
A few years ago, I had the chance to meet Barbara Friesner, and Elder Care Expert and Founder of AgeWiseLiving.  A while ago, she created “The Ultimate Caregiver’s Success System” which I recommend to any caregiver dealing with an aging parent. Just in time for the holidays, she is offering $100 off AND a free upgrade on shipping so that you can order today and get it in time for Christmas.  It’s a great gift so I thought I would share some information on it!  I had them send me this description because I know she could explain it better ...
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Self care while caring for aging family members

Posted October 27, 2009
Last week I spoke with Claudine Struck a speaker and author of, How to Stay Sane When Life Isn't, series – consisting of 3 books, "Mind, Body, and Spirit." I am going to be a guest "expert" on her radio show on the Voice America Network which will appear on their Health & Wellness channel.  The program is entitled Stay Sane Now and it can be heard each week on Thursdays 11:00-12:00 AM PST; 2:00-3:00 PM EST.  (It will be re-broadcast 12 hours later from 11-12:00PM EST; plus be available from their archives.) Here's the link to the show https://www.modavox.com/voiceamerica/vshow.aspx?sid=1481.  ...
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Caregiving for the Generations free presentation

Posted August 6, 2009
The Community Health & Education Department at St. Joseph Hospital and The Hallmark presents:Caregiving for the Generations - "The Perfect Storm"Caring for an aging relative, raising young children or providing support of "boomerang" kids who have moved back home (recession anyone?) has created a "perfect storm" for those responsible for the caregiving.  Joan Ente, LCSW, SCSW from CJE SeniorLife, explores the unique stresses of this generation and offers practical suggestions for planning ahead to manage complex family responsibilities.  Complimentary reception and valet parking will be provided.Registration was required by today, but feel free to call and reserve your space today!WHEN: ...
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