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Category Archives: Caregivers

Facing a Hard Choice: Saying Yes or No to Artificial Nutrition & Hydration (ANH)

It can be difficult to have a conversation with your family about whether or not an elderly family member should be put on artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) when he or she is nearing the end of life. However, it’s usually much easier to make that decision while the elderly person can still give informed …

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It’s spring! Why is my elderly loved one still depressed?

Even though spring flowers are starting to bloom, cool, rainy or even sunny spring days still can bring on feelings of sadness, depression and a lack of desire to do much of anything. While the rest of us can start doing some favorite outdoor activities and more easily get out to see family and friends, …

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Is It Spring Yet? Weather-Related Depression in the Elderly

Winter weather can keep seniors homebound and isolated. After all, biting cold and snowy days can make anyone want to stay in a warm bed or just sit all day wrapped up in a quilt. A day or two of the “winter blues” can be normal, but when symptoms of depression become debilitating for more …

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Making Caregiving a Family-Group Effort

If you are the oldest daughter living in the same city as an aging parent, the chances are very high that your family will expect you to be the primary caregiver, or to at least coordinate caregiving efforts. I am the oldest of 9 siblings and the oldest of the 3 daughters in my family, …

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Courier & Transportation Services Help Keep Home an Option

When you or a loved one can no longer drive or move around outside the home safely, a myriad of challenges present themselves. Who will do the shopping or go to the pharmacy? How will I visit my friends or enjoy an evening out? How can I keep my Doctor, hair or other appointments? Dakota …

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Living with Alzheimer’s: How to Maintain Relationships

My 78-year-old husband has been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s since 3/3/16. It’s been a year since we saw the neurological psychiatrist, but our next appointment is in a week. That has brought a lot of his emotions about living with the disease to the surface, prompting a long and at least temporarily productive conversation. He …

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Planning for Long-Term Care

No matter how old we get, most of us still feel young inside. It’s hard to imagine that, if we live long enough, some of our body parts, including our brains, will start to wear out and we will need help doing at least some of the daily tasks that now seem easy for us. …

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Caregiver Grief

When loved ones die, we expect family members, especially those who were their caregivers, to go through a grieving process. Because professional caregivers are paid for what they do, we don’t always realize that they may have a similar need to process their grief when a client dies or leaves their care for some other …

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How Families and Caregivers Can Prepare for Hospital Discharge

Research has shown that hospital pre-discharge planning that includes the help of families and caregivers can dramatically improve patients’ health, reduce readmissions and decrease healthcare costs. Whether the discharge is to home, a rehab facility, assisted living or a nursing home, patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers all play a significant role in maintaining a …

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Dementia, Foot Surgery & Neuropathy Not a Winning Combination

I suffered for years from painful bunions on both feet. My podiatrist told me that my bones would heal more quickly if I had surgery before age 65. However, because I was working full-time, I risked it and waited to have surgery on my left foot until I retired at 66 and on my right …

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