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Elderly Caregiving

Parenting Our Parents Day: A Holiday for Grown Kids Who Care for Their Moms and Dads

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 06.03.2016 | Women
Jan DeBlieu

"Can you help us?" The elderly woman spoke in a singsong voice so loud that everyone in the bank turned and stared. She wanted to know if the two anc...

Will Jerry Brown Make Good On His Promise To Reverse Cuts To Long-Term Care?

Capital & Main | Jim Crogan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

This story first appeared on Capital & Main. When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his revised 2015-2016 budget on May 14, hundreds of thousands of In...

Want to Reduce Your Chances of Going Into a Nursing Home? Raise a Daughter

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

And I don't know about you, but I want to keep my loved ones in their homes as long as possible. Let's start to change the way we think about caregiving in a way that doesn't force one to sacrifice her (and hopefully his!) own health to help others.

What It's Like To Be A Caregiver On The Front Lines

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

He's waiting for my call. I can see him, crouched over on his bed, trying to rouse himself out of his stupor; hoping a call from me will do the trick, maybe give him some reason to wake up. I don't want to call.

What To Do When Someone You Love Becomes Someone Else

Next Avenue | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Heller Caregivers learn firsthand that illness and medication can cause scary changes in their loved ones. Here...

Seniors and the Holidays: 4 Ways to Develop a Plan of Care

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Sometimes the signs are right there in front of you -- whether you can spot them immediately or not. For me, it was during the holidays, when my dad wandered away from a family gathering and emerged hours later, disheveled and upset.

Eldercare: The Healing Power of a Rubber Chicken

Ilaina Edison | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Physical therapist Joe Gallagher's patient, a former New York Giants football player now in his 80s, was lying on the floor, stretching to regain flexibility after two total knee replacements. Progress was slow and painful, so Joe went to a reliable resource in his PT toolbox: humor.

WATCH: When Should Caregivers Take The Car Keys Away?

Posted 08.23.2012 | Fifty

Caregivers often find themselves walking a tightrope between keeping parents and other loved ones safe while honoring their desire for independence. F...

Your Secret Weapon in Caregiving: BOTT Therapy

Barbara Dehn | Posted 06.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

"BOTT" therapy stands for what I and millions of Americans lovingly refer to as: "Biting Of The Tongue" therapy. After living for the last six months with two very nice elderly people, my in-laws, I've had to employ this type of therapy repeatedly.

The Hunger Epidemic No One Is Talking About

Enid Borden | Posted 05.18.2012 | Impact
Enid Borden

We still have many millions -- and their numbers are growing -- who face the threat of hunger on any given day. The Old Face of Hunger, unlike the younger one, has no way out. There is no job waiting for the 87-year-old.

Lessons For Caregivers: Survivor's Guilt And The Memory Room

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.26.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

When my wife died, I felt survivor's guilt because the two of us shared every good thing and every bad thing that had occurred for a very long time. Now I felt guilty that she no longer had the opportunity to experience the things that are still to come.

Looking Out for Homecare Workers, Looking Out for Our Future

Ai-jen Poo | Posted 04.22.2012 | Fifty
Ai-jen Poo

By 2050, 27 million Americans are expected to need long-term home care. If the workers we all depend on for these services are not fairly compensated or protected, we can't expect quality care for the long-term.

Lessons For Caregivers Part 2: Dealing With Medical Professionals

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.06.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

In short, when you are a caregiver dealing with doctors, be prepared to ask questions. When dealing with nurses, be prepared to listen.

How Tough Are You? Summoning Strength In Caregiving

Bernard Mooney | Posted 01.30.2012 | Fifty
Bernard Mooney

The weak, helpless, confused and eventually paralyzed state Celia had been in for four years hurt her 10 times more than it might hurt someone else. She did not abide by someone helping her to do everything, every day (not even her husband of 39 years).

1 In 4 Adult Caregivers Suffer From Depression

Posted 06.27.2011 | Home

One in four caregivers for ill or elderly relatives and friends said in a survey released on Tuesday that they suffer from depression, a figure far hi...

Eye On The Elderly: Helping Seniors In The Hospital Setting

Craig Garner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Craig Garner

Watching an elderly loved one struggle with the effects of aging while in the hospital is no easy task. To truly provide the support these patients need in times of crisis, gaining insight into their perspective is of utmost importance.