Patient-centered care thrives on two roles for patients and/or caregivers: partner and source of feedback. The patient or caregiver functions as a partner, working in collaboration with the health care team. Active participation in a partnership role is crucial for a successful outcome.
For caregivers currently not in support groups, I would strongly recommend that you find out if an appropriate group is meeting nearby and, if so, that you attend a few meetings to see if you can learn as much from your group as I have learned from mine. If that is not an option, consider joining an online support group.
To a great extent, our attitudes about long-term care facilities and people with dementia influence how we view them. We must look at the roses and let the thorns pass into the background.
Last month, I spoke at the Supporting Military Caregivers at Work and at Home Conference featuring the Honorable Elizabeth Dole (in conjunction with the "Hiring Our Heroes" initiative by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation).
As a culture we seem overly concerned, at least the baby boomers among us, with wrinkle prevention. We have the soft approach: creams, scrubs and lotions. We have the serious stuff: lasers, botox, fillers, surgery and some ominous sounding choices.
Whether it's due to pride, a desire to maintain their independence, or forgetfulness, if you have aging parents there are likely things they aren't telling you. And that can be both troubling and dangerous.
I yearn to hear my parents tell me all about their lives. Without realizing it, I took for granted that my parents would always be around to tell me about their dreams, their desires and their lives. Mom can no longer tell me much about anything since she now has Alzheimer's.
Many times, just supporting loved one with Alzheimer's and being there to help with some of their most basic daily tasks is just what they need to make every day more enjoyable.
More than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. These caregivers are the unsung heroes of ...
You may think it's a shame the person has developed Alzheimer's and that's fair. It is a shame. However, it could well be possible that the loved one - the caregiver - does not think it's a shame
Just as public, private, and philanthropic leaders did a brilliant job with childhood vaccination decades ago, so too must we bring the same commitment, dedication, and creativity to adult and "life-course" vaccination.
Europe has quickly become a tinderbox, tense and volatile without leadership and consensus, burdened by struggling economies made worse by the demands of millions of refugees seeking opportunity.
In the passage of parenthood there are two conversations that are invariably the most challenging and difficult. One is having the first discussion with an adolescent child about the "birds and the bees." The other is convincing a parent they need a caregiver to safely remain in their homes.
Once a loved one receives an Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis, there are five actions that should be taken as soon as possible. If important actions are taken while your loved one is still in early stages, these important decisions can be made together.
Love comes in many forms. There is romantic love, parental love, sibling love, and universal love. But what about self-love? Self-love means to give...
What do you do if you can't get your aging parent to a doctor's office because of his or her disability? What do you do if your parent needs to see a specialist who may be hundreds of miles away? A new area of medicine known as Telemedicine may be the answer to your problem.