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Geriatric Care Managers - Could One Help You With Your Elderly Loved One?

Marie Marley | Posted 07.31.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Geriatric care management is a relatively new profession. It's rapidly growing, especially given the aging of the baby boomers.

Changes to Mental Health Diagnosis Could Impact Caregivers

Leann Reynolds | Posted 07.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

How mental health professionals diagnose their patients could be changing, therefore affecting patients, families, and caregivers, after 2013.

How I Got My Beloved, Demented Romanian Soul Mate to Move to a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

So there I was with this 92-year old man who desperately needed to be in an Alzheimer's care facility. He adamantly refused to go. He said he'd die first. He always said he'd die first. Always.

Elder Independence: Establishing Common Ground

Ilaina Edison | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Whether you're caring for an aging parent or a neighbor in your apartment building, or helping a home health aide connect with your ill spouse, look to establish common ground to drive forward a successful caregiving relationship.

When Alzheimer's Patients Make Perfect Sense: Those Stunning Moments of Total Lucidity

Marie Marley | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As a person's illness progresses, these episodes tend to occur less often, and so when they do occur, it's all the more striking and precious.

Aging Parents? Check Out These Affordable Alternatives To Assisted Living

Mary Turner | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Although "aging in place" may be the preferred option for seniors, declining health and physical limitations often preclude this option. But an assist...

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.

How to Break the News When It's Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 07.07.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Informing people that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's can be painful and exceedingly difficult.

Making Alzheimer's Moms Happy With Just a One-Minute Call a Day

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.04.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

I would like to share one small thing I have discovered with my mother, that's made a huge difference in how I feel about living so far from her.

Saying Yes to No

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 07.03.2012 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

As many of my generation of caretaking, overextended, multi-tasking women can attest to, saying yes is easy; saying no can be tough.

Why More Boomers Are Living Alone

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 06.21.2012 | Fifty

When mom or dad has a harder time getting around their homes, one begins to make plans: “Should she move in with us? Maybe we should look into nursi...

How Leeza Gibbons Is Improving Life For Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 05.02.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One evening Leeza Gibbons, the celebrated radio and TV personality, was out to dinner with her mother. When they went to her home, which her mother had visited hundreds of times, she said, "This is such a beautiful place. Is there a room for me here?" Her mother had dementia.

Final Curtain: A Mother's Day Love Story

Ted Sutton | Posted 06.30.2012 | Fifty
Ted Sutton

My mother may not know my name, but she knows my voice, and it triggers something within. She giggles girlishly. Then, I start a song, one from the old days, and she joins in. We have our own routine, our Alzheimer's Rag.

3 Zen Ways to Nurture the Very Sick

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 06.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Food is one of the last few pleasures left when illness leaves one laying in bed in a small room with little else available in terms of sensory gratification. Food is also an important part of caregiving.

Ask for Help, and Take It!

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 05.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

When we talk about the burden facing caregivers, most people agree that getting help is necessary for maintaining their health and their sanity. But for some reason, when it comes time to actually take that help, many caregivers resist.

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...

Who Suffers More: Alzheimer's Patients or Their Caregivers?

Marie Marley | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

To help reduce your distress the next time your loved one is distressed, try to remain aware that people with dementia live only in the present. That way you can end your suffering as quickly as your loved one does, and then you can both move on to something more pleasant.

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.

Alzheimer's and Psychoactive Medications -- A Controversial Decision for Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

Many people refuse to even consider having their loved on put on any psychotropic medication for any reason. And that's understandable. But today's medications, which can be given in doses that don't overly sedate patients, can also be effective and improve a patient's overall quality of life.

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).

When the See Saw Tips: Parenting Our Parents

Lee Woodruff | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Lee Woodruff

We are all very much still on this journey. We are the parents now in so many ways, the executors and the advocates, the decision makers, accountants and the schedulers. We no longer act like children with our parents. The see saw has tipped.

The Coming Age of the Family Caregiver

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 03.24.2012 | Health News
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The next 30 years will be defined by the quality of care we provide for our elders. How will the baby boomers age and die? How are we as their kids going to care for them well and honor their memory and legacy? What kind of lives will we review?

Caregiving: The Dance Between Guilt And Resentment

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

When an older family member needs help, many people struggle to find the time to provide assistance to their relative amidst the many other commitments crowding their lives. Often, it is hard to figure out just how much help is really necessary.

40 Steps to Making a Bed... And Other Lessons in Caregiving

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

A task so simple, mundane -- and essential -- as making a bed for someone who cannot do it themselves strikes me as a great lens through which to view caring for others.