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The Accidental Caregiver

The Accidental Caregiver

The Accidental CaregiverYou started out by driving Mom to her doctor’s appointments. Then you helped out by doing her grocery shopping, cooking a few meals, and assisting with medication management. As your mom’s health declined, you gradually found yourself cleaning her house, doing her laundry, and handling her finances. Without realizing it, you’ve become your parent’s primary caregiver—and it happened more by accident than by choice. …Read more ›

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Dealing with the “Gradual Grief” of Dementia

shutterstock_193978430Christine Varner, executive director at Pacifica Senior Living Belleair in Clearwater, Florida, shares her antidotes for the “gradual grief” that families impacted by an dementia diagnosis often encounter. (more…)

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#ElderCareChat 11/5/14 Recap: Hospital and ER Survival Guide

Review highlights from this week's live #ElderCareChat discussion about making the most of a hospitalization or ER visit, both as a caregiver and caree.During Wednesday’s live discussion, 39 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for surviving a sometimes necessary hospitalization or ER visit, either as a caregiver or caree. Participants also dialogued about alternatives to hospitalization, and how to know …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 7/3/13 Recap: New Research About Caregivers

The Pew Research Center recently released new data on caregivers. In this week's #ElderCareChat conversation, we discussed several findings. Read on for more.This Wednesday, 37 participants at our live Twitter forum discussed recently released findings about caregivers from the Pew Research Center. Much of the data was focused on the use of technology to aid in the caregiving experience, or how caregivers are “wired” …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 11/7/12 Recap: Managing Holiday Stress

Martha Stewart makes the holidays look easy, but 1) that’s her job, and 2) everything looks easier on TV.

Truthfully, there isn’t much that’s easy about the holidays, especially if you’re a caregiver and have older relatives with different health issues or special care needs. Or if you have to travel. Or if you disagree with other family members about what’s best for an aging …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 9/5/12 Recap: Meaningful Activities & Hobbies

“These are a few of my favorite things…”

The words of the well-known song inspired this week’s conversation, and the range of best-loved activities and hobbies shared by our 60 participants was quite broad. There were the classics: watching movies, cooking, crosswords, shopping, board games, spending time outdoors, listening to music. There were some digital age favorites too, like Facebook, Pinterest, word game apps. …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/20/12 Recap: LGBT Elders & Caregiving

PLEASE NOTE: Our next chat will be Wednesday, July 18th at 1p.m. ET. We will not meet on the first Wednesday as normally planned due to the July 4th holiday.

No matter how progressive our technology, philosophies, and lifestyles have become, discrimination is still a very real challenge for many people in today’s world. For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) elders, the fear of …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 6/6/12 Recap: Complex Caregiving Conversations

Caring for an elder you love — be it a grandparent, parent, friend, spouse, or sibling — inevitably prompts the need for complex conversations you’d probably rather avoid…

  • Do you want extraordinary measures to be taken?
  • You need help around the house.
  • What if the doctor is wrong?
  • I can no longer care for you in my home; we need to consider assisted living.
  • When am I going home?

 

These …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 5/2/12 Recap: The Importance of Respite

Even if we’re not directly involved in caregiving, we all need time to recharge. All too often though, we pack our weekends with more activities than rest. We spend Saturdays and Sundays catching up on home improvement projects, errands, and other tasks that drain our energy rather than restore it. The demands of caregiving and its sometimes non-stop pace makes even the thought of …Read more ›

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Coping With Stress Of Senior Home Care

Guest Post by Linda Dunkelberger

Senior home care is making the decision to care for your aging parents or loved ones in their home or in your home allowing them their independence but taking on the responsibility of their being the caregiver. Caring for aging parents or loved ones carries a lot of responsibility and a range of emotions.  No matter how much love in …Read more ›

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