Beware of Making Your Senior Parents Too Dependent

There’s a delicate balance between offering assistance to senior parents and family members and acknowledging their independence. If we don’t provide the required help, their health and safety may be compromised. But if we consistently do things for ...

 
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Caregiver Corps: One Possible Solution to a Complex Problem

Earlier this year during an #ElderCareChat conversation about the future of caregiving, an idea was born. Janice Lynch Schuster, who proposed it, has taken her vision to the next level, sharing it with influential media networks, publications and audiences, particularly ...

 
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Young Caregivers Becoming the Norm

I'm a brand new parent (only two and a half months in), and I can already see how quickly caregiver burnout creeps in.
 
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Senior Care Providers Imagine Possibilities

My friend Vickie is an occupational therapist who has been in practice for about 35 years. She has always worked with severely disabled and other very challenging patients. Her specialty is assisted technology, which provides patients with adaptive devices, like voice-activated ...

 
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Who to Know When You’re a Caregiver

When you’re a caregiver, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel as if you’re the only one who can do the caregiving work. You may also feel that a doctor is the only one to whom you ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 7/3/13 Recap: New Research About Caregivers

This Wednesday, 37 participants at our live Twitter forum discussed recently released findings about caregivers from the Pew Research Center. Much of the data was focused on the use of technology to aid in the caregiving experience, or how caregivers are "...

 
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How Caregivers Can Keep Their Marriage Strong

Caring for aging or ill family members can take a toll on your relationships. How do you keep your marriage strong despite the strain? Christina Steinorth, a psychotherapist, popular relationship expert and author of Cue Cards for Life: Thoughtful Tips ...

 
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Seniors’ Finances: Time for the Family Meeting?

In a recent post, I suggested children ask senior parents the whereabouts of their important documents, such as a Durable Power of Attorney. It's critical information to have if your parent is suddenly hospitalized or incapacitated, but no one likes ...

 
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Caregiver Presents Grandmother as Superhero

We often think of the caregiver as the superhero, which is certainly an accurate point of view in most cases. This New York Times article offers a different, though equally valuable, perspective: the senior as the superhero, literally. The photographs ...

 
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Celebrate the Seniors You Love in 2013

On the first day of January, people everywhere are kicking their resolutions into high gear. Most of them don’t sound like much fun though -- like cutting out chocolate, scaling back on spending, or getting up at the crack ...

 
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