Medicare Open Enrollment

For three months before and after your 65th birthday, you have the opportunity to learn your options and sign up for Medicare as your health insurance. Medicare is a monumental perk for that milestone birthday, but plans and coverage are likely to change from year to year after you sign on. The plan that worked for…

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My grandmother came to visit us for a week. We always loved spending time with Grandma T., and I had looked forward to this visit since the last one, about a month earlier. The visit began with dinner, games and sweet conversation—not unlike the other times we had spent together—until it was time for bed,…

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Caregiver staying connected during COVID-19

Caregiving can be a lonely experience at any time, and with increased social isolation imposed by coronavirus, caregivers may feel even more disconnected from the outside world. What are some things that caregivers, their friends and family can do to help thwart the common enemy of caregiver loneliness? Get out of the house It’s important…

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Caregiver Redirecting Someone with Dementia

If you have a loved one with dementia, chances are good they may say things that don’t make sense, are inappropriate or even hurtful. It’s a frustrating, confusing and even embarrassing symptom of the disease, which causes deterioration of a person’s memory and cognitive function. Many caregivers have shared stories about how their once mild-mannered…

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Show Love on National Caregivers Day

With Valentine’s and Presidents Days tucked away for the year, you might be inclined to think that we’re finished with February holidays, but this is not so! In fact, the best of February holidays—occurring on Friday, February 21—will be celebrated for the remainder of the month, as that date marks National Caregiver Day.  Originated by Providers…

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stressed woman sitting on couch in front of Christmas Tree

If you’ve never seen a toddler standing spellbound in front of television commercials during the holiday season, you’ve missed a very important life lesson. When my child was three, she’d turn around to her sister after each ad and shout, “I’m getting THAT for Christmas!”  I quickly learned that it didn’t matter what was being…

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Fall Prevention for All Ages

All of us have fallen at one time or another. My own experiences include more than falling in childhood when learning to walk or ride a bicycle. Remember disco dancing? I cannot begin to describe the mortification I felt sliding across the dance floor when an overly enthusiastic partner lost hold of my hand. Or…

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Redirect Dementia Related Behaviors

If your loved one has dementia, you know that caring for this person can include dealing with undesirable and often unpredictable dementia-related behaviors. As an example, a loved one may have been retired for years but becomes very anxious that he is late for work—and this results in his frequently trying to leave home unaccompanied.…

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Let Outdoor Fun Begin

A caregiver’s days often are harried with fixed responsibilities and countless unanticipated distractions. With so many tasks necessary just to get through a single day, the thought of getting out of the house with a loved one to do something extra—something new, fun and interesting—might seem impossible! After all, outings often involve significant advance planning…

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Lonliness Bad for Health

Loneliness, commonly accepted as part of the human condition, is no stranger to any generation, but it is increasingly familiar in the older population. It’s difficult to pinpoint every cause for loneliness because it is felt so personally. But we do know that some of the less pleasant aspects of growing older can create the…

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