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How to Support a Person Who’s Grieving During the Holidays

The holidays are traditionally such a joyful time. And that makes them that much sadder for people who have lost a loved one recently.

At their website, the National Hospice Foundation and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization share 12 tips for how to support someone who’s grieving, including:

1. Be supportive of the way the person chooses to handle the holidays. Some may wish to follow traditions; others may choose to …Read more ›

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Visiting Someone With Alzheimer’s? 3 Tips for a Better Trip.

If your Christmas activities this year include a visit with someone who has Alzheimer’s and lives with a caregiver, whatever you do, don’t drop by unannounced, advises the New York Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. You probably wouldn’t do that anyway—even if no one had dementia—but with this disease, that bit of etiquette becomes even more important.

The organization’s tips are shared in an article at the website for WFUV, Fordham …Read more ›

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Adult Day-Care Centers: A Break for Elderly Parents Too

With all the hustle and bustle and extra responsibilities, Christmastime can be overwhelming for anyone. On the other hand, caring for a frail parent or spouse can be overwhelming any time of year. Put the two together—caregiving while preparing for Christmas—and you’ve probably just about maxed out your stress level.

Thank goodness for respite care. At the website for the Florida newspaper Tallahassee Democrat, internist Donald Loucks, MD, makes a good …Read more ›

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Elderly Parents: Independence Promoters

It’s one week until Christmas! Is your shopping done?

Christmas it the perfect time to sneak in a “Trojan horse” of a gift, says Patrick Roden, R.N., Ph.D., a nurse with a focus on environmental gerontology. If your parents live alone in their home and you’re concerned about their safety, why not address that practically through your gifts this year? Sneak in some safety through the chimney-hung stocking. Doing so will give your parents more …Read more ›

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The Best Tablet for Seniors?

Looking for a tech gift to give a senior? Lucky for you, Aging in Place Technology Watch has released its 2012 list right here. For example, how about a tablet?

Tablets are increasingly all-in-one devices — screen, computer, software – that in many ways are tailored for seniors. … But despite tablet wars, the ‘regular’ iPad with a decent stand to rest it on still seems to have the best screen image (big, …Read more ›

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Parents Frailer This Thanksgiving? Don’t Panic. Make a Plan.

So you go visit your elderly parents for Thanksgiving. You haven’t seen them in a while. And what you see, you don’t like. They’re frailer than you expected. They’re not taking care of themselves like they used to. What do you do?

“The first thing we tell our clients is don’t panic,” says Byron Cordes, president of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, and a geriatric-care manager in …Read more ›

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Christmas and Elderly Parents: How to Open the Door to Difficult Topics

Christmas day may not be the time to talk about long-term care plans. But it’s a good time for a precursor conversation, says Bob Mauterstock, author of Can We Talk? A Financial Guide for Baby Boomers Assisting Their Elderly Parents.

He tells Mindy Todd on her New England NPR radio show The Point:

What I’ve learned is there’s two things that are most important to our elder parents. First is maintaining control of their lives and how …Read more ›

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Possible Signs of Alzheimer’s: Changes to Be Aware of During the Holidays

At Christmastime, many people visit elderly parents they haven’t seen for a while. And it’s not unusual to notice changes that may be surprising. You may wonder whether they indicate something serious, such as Alzheimer’s.

Ann Shields, executive director of Cypress Springs Alzheimer’s & Memory Support Residence in Tulsa, OK, goes over some potential signs of Alzheimer’s in an article in Tulsa World:

There are 10 warning signs, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, …Read more ›

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Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Caregivers

If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for a sibling or elderly parent who’s a caregiver, check out “A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List” at the AARP website. It’s written by Amy Goyer, who’s a family caregiver herself. She lists intangible items that would make a big difference in her life. For example:

So many very well-meaning people are quick to (lovingly) offer their opinion of what I should be doing …Read more ›

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#ElderCareChat 12/14/11 Recap: Holiday Stress Survival Tips

With less than two weeks to go until Christmas, this week’s #ElderCareChat tackled holiday stress – the kind that particularly hassles caregivers. And speaking of tackling, the discussion fittingly covered how to handle those “Monday morning quarterbacks,” i.e. visiting relatives who (non-constructively) critique caregiving efforts, usually with no intention of pitching in.

Participants shared mostly non-eggnog-related strategies for combating holiday stress (and tweets about what …Read more ›

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