Aging Parents Who Expect Too Much: Try These Tips

July 7, 2020

In an ideal world, we could perfectly compartmentalize our caregiving duties, staying with a routine that met the needs of our aging parents, while enabling the time needed to take care of our wide variety of other responsibilities. But needless to say, life doesn’t adhere to our desired script, and contradicting needs are common when caring for senior loved ones. [Read More...]

Help for This Common Dementia-Related Behavior: Rummaging

June 24, 2020

Searching through cardboard boxes, cabinets, and closets, pulling out assorted items from drawers, and searching repetitively through many different items could be frustrating for anyone providing care for a senior loved one with Alzheimer’s, but in reality, these dementia-related behaviors are fulfilling an objective. [Read More...]

3 Key Ways to Reduce Caregiving Stress

June 11, 2020

Stress is unavoidable, and in fact, not always a bad thing. After all, as the saying goes, “A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handled stress exceptionally well.” Yet particularly for family caregivers, the amount of stress can rapidly increase and become frustrating, and if not handled well, result in significant health problems. [Read More...]

Diagnosing Parkinson’s Through Smell

May 21, 2020

You may not recognize her by name, but you’ve probably heard her story. Joy Milne has a remarkably unique talent: uncovering Parkinson’s disease through her nose. Her talent came to light when she sensed what she describes as an “overpowering sort of nasty yeast smell” in her husband of ten years. [Read More...]

Top Family Caregivers’ and Senior Resources for COVID-19

May 7, 2020

Identifying where to turn for the latest, most reliable information about COVID-19, particularly as it relates to the elderly and those who provide care assistance for them, is crucial – and complicated. With so many resources and differing viewpoints on this extraordinary topic, we want to help make it simpler to find what you need by sharing the following list of trusted senior resources. COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults: The CDC’s COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults web page includes a wealth of important information, including assistance with calculating who is at higher risk, signs and symptoms, tips on how to take care of yourself, a checklist for the household, stress and anxiety coping strategies, and so much more. [Read More...]

The Emotional Issue of Money and Long Term Care Management

April 22, 2020

Family financial matters tend to be a forbidden topic, as well as the root of a variety of arguments, enhanced emotions, and misunderstandings. And for a lot of today’s older adults, who maintain a “Depression mentality” from years of saving for a rainy day and learning to “waste not, want not,” it may be difficult for them to grant access to personal finances to adult children, and to recognize the need to spend some of those personal finances on long-term care management. [Read More...]