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Caregiving Tips

5 Game-Changing Tech Tools For Caregivers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty

Many mid-lifers are the caregivers for elderly relatives who are struggling to stay independent. While nothing will likely ever replace driving over t...

7 Tried-And-True Ways To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty

Is there anything more stressful than taking care of a sick or dying loved one? It's a burden, no matter how willingly borne, that often comes with a ...

Is Innovation in Memory Care Overrated?

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

As the world continues to search for that magic bullet, one approach that will never be out of style is to take a person-centered approach with the person who has to navigate the world of memory loss.

Why We Must Support Caregivers

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Imagine your day goes something like this: You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush...

Knowing When to Ask For Help Is Key to Aging with Dignity and Independence

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.10.2014 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

You never know when you or someone you love might need daily help, such as assistance getting groceries, help with transportation or round the clock care, all of which require planning and coordination.

Bridging the Generation Gap in Family Caregiving

Judy Santamaria | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

At home, positive interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is possible, providing benefits for both and easing some of the burdens commonly faced by family caregivers. Here's a seven-step plan for bridging the generation gap for family caregivers.

Precautions and Care Tips for Alzheimer's Patients During Cold Weather

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.

Caregivers Live Longer

Judy Santamaria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Reach out to other caregivers in your situation, and look for opportunities to give and get support. Recognizing that the work you do is important and that you're not alone in your situation will help you reap the most positive benefits from your caregiving.

The Powerful Effects of Music in Memory Care

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Fortunately, you don't have to be a physician, scientist, memory care specialist, or music therapist to make meaningful connections through music. So dust off that piano or CD player, or better yet, warm up your voice and start singing!

A New Hub for Family Caregivers

Judy Santamaria | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Most people find it comforting to know that, as technology improves, more and more illnesses and conditions can be managed outside a hospital or nursing home setting, and that they can remain in their homes for a longer period of time.

Promoting Independence for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

It may not always be easy to be patient while your loved one with memory loss manages these routine activities, but remember to take a deep breath, keep calm and help them to be successful each day.

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

Defeating Denial in Cancer Caregiving

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Denial for a short period can help caregivers and patients to cope. Yet when prolonged denial begins to stand in the way of the patient's treatment, comfort, or well-being, it's no longer helpful to anyone.

Help! My Aging Mom Won't Accept Help From Anyone but ME!

Judy Santamaria | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Judy Santamaria

Recognizing the need to offload some tasks may be the best way for you to manage your caregiving responsibilities over the long-term.

The Most Difficult Patient

Scott Finkelstein, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Finkelstein, M.D.

While many years of medical training made me an effective professional caregiver, I was completely unprepared to assume this role in my personal life. Despite my eight years of medical training, and three years of experience in private practice, I could not actively heal my wife.

10 Tips on Dealing with Late-Stage Illness and Death

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 07.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Based on my years treating patients who have dealt with the loss of a loved one and my personal experience with my husband's death, I know there are many complicated emotions that one can experience when dealing with late-stage illness and death.

Caregiving Tips With a Humorous Twist From Bestselling Author Jane Heller

Stacey Gualandi | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacey Gualandi

Jane started out as a publicist representing authors. Now, 13 very humorous romance books later, she is an acclaimed writer herself. After reading her guide, I am amazed at how she has kept her sense of humor while being her husband's caregiver for many years.

Got MS? Focus on What You Can Do, Not on What You Can't

Tory Zellick | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Tory Zellick

A week after returning from a snowboarding trip, Emmy-award-winning talk show host Montel William recalls how, 15 years ago, a doctor not only diagnosed Williams with multiple sclerosis (MS) but also advised Williams that he would be confined to a wheelchair within four years.

Why Your Loved One's Dementia Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence for You, Too

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Remember that as close as you may be to your spouse (or parent), his or her death sentence is not your death sentence. Protect yourself from undue stress by staying strong and remembering that you have a choice in how you choose to react to your loved one's illness.

Speak Up and Be Counted!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

While there's a fine line between being involved and being overbearing, it's necessary for you, as a family caregiver, to foster open lines of communication -- and this includes questioning decisions concerning your loved one's health.

Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head

Sherri Snelling | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

As a caregiver, you use your heart to provide compassionate comfort and support to a loved one. Now use your head -- if you become ill or too exhausted to continue to care, what will become of your loved one and of you?

The Other Face Of Caregiving

Next Avenue | Posted 02.17.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sherri Snelling A new study shows that those attending to the special needs of a brother or sister need support D...

What If 'Home for the Holidays' Is Your Local ER?

Jane Heller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Over the course of my 20-year marriage, my husband Michael has developed an uncanny knack for having medical crises on national holidays -- crises that inevitably require a trip to the emergency room of whatever hospital is within striking distance.

Mushroom-Barley Soup and Other Red Flags

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

Mushroom-barley soup, a staple of my childhood, lovingly prepared by Grandma Mollie, was the most delicious soup I'd ever tasted. Grandma Mollie always got it just right, but this time, something was awry.

Living With Alzheimer's, Looking for a Home

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We can take each of those seven characteristics of "home" and use them to assess living environments for people with dementia, remembering that significant accommodations may need to be made to recreate the home experience that patients yearn for.