Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents

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After years of writing and re-writing, my book, The Caregiving Trap: Solution's for Life's Unexpected Changes, will be released on October 6, 2015.  An early sneak peek of the e-book is available through Amazon's Kindle Library. This coming week, from July 15-17, The...

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Caregiving: A Voluntary Trap?

I work with many caregivers who feel trapped by the role of caregiving.  I help and support many older adult care receivers who also feel trapped by caregiving; trapped in aging and weak bodies, trapped by the idea of needing care and trapped by situations that in...

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Medicare Doesn’t Pay

 Family caregivers are often shocked to learn that Medicare does not pay for the type of care most beneficial to family members who need care and support to remain at home.  Medicare A and B pay for hospitalizations, rehabilitation in nursing...

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Too Busy To Care

How many of us find ourselves too busy to really care?  I recently helped a client identify a care community for a loved one who experienced a long list of health complications.  This was a rather long journey of identifying communities, having...

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Protecting Your Virtual Life

My niece recently posted questionable information on the internet that appeared on my Facebook page because we were friends; after reading the content I immediately and secretly “un-friended” her.  I didn't want the information in her post to...

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Caregiver Isolation

Caregivers deserve kindness, support and empathy.  That's often the opposite of a caregivers daily experience.  The general public isn't drawn to sad, unexpected or unpleasant events in life.  Sad events happen only to other people:  a diagnosis...

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Tips to Manage Caregiver Overwhelm

Are you an overwhelmed family caregiver caring for elderly parents or loved ones?   Are you caring for a spouse and some days feel like you can't go on?  Most caregivers not only admit to overwhelm, stress, frustration, feelings of hopelessness...

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Are You an Overwhelmed Caregiver?

Overwhelmed Caregiver:  How many of you feel you are in situations where the person you're caring for is never satisfied?  Or caregiving has become such a significant part of your life that you feel you've given up your life.  It's you who...

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Last Moments- You Never Know When …

If you have never experienced a last moment yet, let me tell you they occur like any other moment during any given day.  You rarely know when a last moment will  happen.  Looking back there might have been signs a last moment was about to occur...

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Paradigms in Caregiving

Ever wonder why your personal physician, your friends who aren't caregivers or others just don't get what you're going through?  It's because we all live with different paradigms - patterns and ways of thinking.  Not many physicians have ever...

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Older Adult Isolation

For older adults isolation, living alone with little or no social contact, results in great physical and mental hazard.  Older adults living alone often experience challenges in decision making, executive function and the ability to manage day to...

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Caregiver Regret

Are you a caregiver working 24/7 to care for a loved one, busy with task after task?  Did you ever consider that the quality of your relationship with your loved one -- NOT all the work you do -- will affect your grieving process when your loved...

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Caregiving: Getting Unstuck

Overwhelm is common in needing care and caregiving situations.  Many times caregivers have so much going on in their lives that adding one more task to the list is impossible.  This is usually the reason that caregivers and those needing care...

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The Lone Cow

Do you realize how your habits and patterns might be preventing you from making changes in a needing care or caregiving situation?  Sometimes your life becomes so routine that it is impossible to see how your life have changed or what patters you...

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The Gift of Time

Do you have a friend or family member who bears the majority of responsibility of care? Do something nice for caregivers not only during the holidays but every month of the year. Give a caregiver the gift of time by giving your time to care for...

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Seniors for Sale

An investigative report by Michael Berens of the Seattle Times brings to light the hidden underground of placement agencies helping older adults locate retirement communities.  Many tout their services as FREE while they accept thousands of...

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Celebrating the Last Years of Life

If you are a caregiver for a loved one or a parent who require a reasonable degree of assistance, it is likely you are caring for your parent in the last year or years of his or her life.  Many fail to consider consequences. Instead caregivers...

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