Caregivers

Is It Safe for Mom to Live Alone?

April 30, 2021
Helping Mom Take Her Medicine

It’s not easy coming to terms with the fact that a parent’s health is declining. Parents often are reluctant to admit they may need help or that they can’t continue to take care of themselves and the house the way they once did. If you notice mail piling up, dishes stacked in the sink, or…

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Preserving Memories into Family Treasures: No Time Like the Present

March 23, 2021
Preserving Family Memories

From easy conversations to timeless treasures Dad was a born storyteller. Raised during the Great Depression, serving as a combat soldier in Germany during WWII, and landing in a 40-year career in public speaking, the man certainly had stories to tell! Ten years before he died, Dad began writing short stories of his life and faith…

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5 Signs You May Need to Talk to Someone

February 25, 2021
Woman comforting a caregiver

Caregivers are among the most compassionate and dedicated people we know. The very characteristics that could make someone great at caregiving could also place them at risk. Why? Because caregiving is not only physically demanding, but it also can be mentally draining. And many times caregivers are so caught up in caring for their loved…

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Happy Holidays, Caregivers and COVID-19

December 11, 2020
Caring for seniors holidays COVID-19

The holidays can be a happy time for many people. Those living with dementia, however, often feel some agitation or distress during the season because of the many losses they have experienced, which they may be unable to process or adequately grieve. Likewise, caregivers may experience increased stress, which is amplified further this year by…

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4 Ways to Help Struggling Caregivers

November 25, 2020
Help a stressed caregiver

As the U.S. population continues to grow older and live longer, many people find themselves providing for the caregiving needs of aging parents, children with disabilities, or even family friends. As this trend increases, so does the amount of stress that family caregivers face each day. According to a recent AARP report on the state…

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5 Tips for Optimizing Your Health Coverage for 2021

October 30, 2020
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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IADLs and ADLs… What’s the Difference?

September 16, 2020

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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Millennials Are Stepping Up as Caregivers

July 29, 2020
Daughter Bringing Groceries to Older Mom

The profile of caregivers is changing, and more young people are stepping up to care for aging parents and grandparents. A 2020 AARP survey found that 1 in 4 family caregivers are millennials.

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5 Ways to Reduce Caregiver Loneliness During COVID-19

June 26, 2020
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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Techniques to Help Calm, Redirect Loved Ones with Dementia

May 18, 2020
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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