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Caregiver Advice

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.

Regrets From the Last Days With My Mother

Lauren Kahn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Whether we're able to consciously or subconsciously reason away our regrets or not, it's best to be prepared to experience them when we're dealing with a loved one's end of life. No matter what, there will be regrets.

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

From Spouse to Caregiver: Understanding Your Loved One's Intimacy Needs and Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

One particular aspect that is often affected, but seldom openly discussed, is how memory impairment affects the sexual expression of a person with Alzheimer's disease or related form of memory loss.

Helping Those With Memory Loss Have a Successful Dining Experience

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For individuals with memory loss, mealtimes provide social engagement, sensory stimulation and enjoyment, and can add structure and routine to their day. However, mealtimes can also present some challenges for caregivers, especially as their loved ones' memory loss progresses.

7 Tips For Caregivers To Answer The Toughest Questions

Posted 03.03.2012 | Fifty

As members of the Sandwich Generation, many Post 50s are taking on a new role; one that requires great mental, emotional and physical strength -- that...

Things to Never Do When Someone Tells You They Have Cancer

Hillary St. Pierre | Posted 01.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Hillary St. Pierre

The first time someone uttered the words, "You still have hope" in response to my cancer, I almost slapped them.

How To Find Humor As Your Parents' Caregiver

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Becoming a caregiver for your own parents can trigger a series of events that topples everything. One day you feel like Superwoman ... and then, all of a sudden, you find yourself responsible for meeting the physical and emotional needs of your ailing loved one.

Sustaining A Caregiver's Hope Through A Loved One’s Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

Some people criticize the decision made by Rep. Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, to return to work, but every family must decide for themselves the best way to heal.

When Crisis Strikes: 11 Strategies For Successful Coping

Linda and Tony Cole | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Linda and Tony Cole

A nurse told me often that an illness can be harder on the caregiver than it is on the patient, and that caregivers often experience serious ailments during the first couple years of this stressful period.

Understanding Alzheimer's: 8 Common Myths Debunked

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

No matter how withdrawn or irresponsive the person may appear, one should act and speak as if she were completely cognizant.

How To Design Rooms For Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

These environmental considerations may not slow the progression of dementia or Alzheimer's disease, but they may help seniors with memory loss preserve their sense of self and purpose in life.

15 Ways To Stay Sane While Caring For An Elderly Parent

John Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Shore

One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent.

Are You Too Stingy With Your Love?

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

No matter how many items you may have checked off your "to do" list in the name of love, if you are not more loving in your heart, then nothing really clicks.