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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Caregivers’ Mental Health: Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression

April 15, 2020
Caregiver Stress and Anxiety

There’s a reason flight attendants tell us to put on our oxygen masks first before helping others. The simple fact is, if we run out of oxygen, we’re not going to be able to help anyone else. It’s a great metaphor for caregivers to follow. Too often caregivers put the needs of everyone else before…

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Twiddle Muffs: A Sensory Tool for People with Dementia

March 16, 2020
Twiddle Muffs Sensory Tool for People with Alzheimer's and Dementia

When Leann Moss was caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, her mother’s hands were often restless, picking at clothing until she rubbed holes in them. Such behavior is common in a person with dementia, and one of the many challenges caregivers face. If only she had known about Twiddle Muffs, Leann said. Twiddle Muffs…

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National Caregiver Day: Express Your Appreciation

February 18, 2020
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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Do You Trust Me?

December 20, 2019
Daughter Having Serious Conversation with Senior Mother

When Caregivers Have to Make Difficult Decisions for Their Parents When was the last time you were faced with making a tough decision? What do you remember feeling? Were you nervous? Tense? Anxious? What about hesitant? Whether the decision is about a change in career, a long distance move, a financial investment, or grappling with…

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Lowering Expectations: A Formula for Stress-Free Holidays

November 27, 2019
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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The Importance of Touch

October 29, 2019
Importance of Touch

Have you ever thought about the importance of touch? Author Paula Cocozza states, “The pleasantness [of touch] encourages us to keep touching, nourishes babies and binds adults, and threads wellbeing into the fabric of our being.” We don’t think twice to hug our children when they’re crying, and it’s therapeutic to pet our dogs when…

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