Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents


Welcome to the Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents. Here you will find helpful caregiving blog articles as well as podcasts and transcripts from The Caring Generation® radio program for caregivers and aging adults. Use the social media buttons at the left to share on Facebook, Twitter, or Linked In, to email a copy to family or friends or to print a copy. All posts are written by caregiving expert, Pamela D. Wilson.


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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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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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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Resenting Your Loved One

You became an unexpected caregiver.  Your life changed in the blink of an eye.  You are mourning your old life.  You resent the person for whom you provide care.   Changes that take away from aspects of life that caregivers find enjoyable result...

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What Do You Know About Dying?

Care at the end of life, whether the care is hospice or palliative care, is rarely discussed.  Your doctor will rarely mention death unless the end is imminent.  Society refuses to talk about death because in general death is feared. There are...

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