Caregiving Blog: Caring for Aging Parents

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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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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Stressed Caregivers Need Time Away

Caregivers help loved ones out of a sense of responsibility and duty.  Many times they become stressed and depressed, becoming ill from caregiving duties.  It's important to take a break, to hire help -- even though it's likely your parents only...

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Elder Abuse is a Family Issue

Did you ever consider that taking out a loan from your parent and not repaying it could be considered elder abuse?  It can when your parent needs the money for their care or has to apply for Medicaid and is penalized for "giving money away". ...

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Too Few Physicians

In its great wisdom the U.S. government capped the number of medical residencies in a 1997 law to contain costs.  Each new resident costs the government $100,000 per student or $9.1 billion to teaching hospitals.  It takes 8-10 years...

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The Millennial Generation

Today on my radio program we'll be talking about generational differences.  Interestingly enough there are comparisions between the Millennials, age 18-29, and the greatest generation.  Not in morals, values or military service but commonalities...

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Are There Worse Things Than Death?

I recently interviewed Tim, a caregiver for his father with lewy body dementia.  He gained a perspective on the last years of life being without dignity and choice.  In many situations this is true.  How can we change this or is it even...

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Kicking Your Parents Out of Their House

Your parents are no longer able to care for themselves.  You're spending evenings and weekends at their house.  You're worn out, exhausted.  You bring up the subject of moving and they say they're "not ready".  Sometimes "not ready" isn't an...

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