* Balancing Life & Caregiving

June 15, 2018

Moving in With Family: Issues to Consider

Too often, the decision to move into a family member’s home is made when a crisis develops or as a last resort. Sudden illness or injury strikes and the family is left without a plan for […]
June 14, 2018

The Summer I Took Care of Grandpa Golden

In my 17th summer my Grandpa Golden had a stroke that took away his health and ability to walk or speak, but worst of all, his pride. Grandma called to say, “If Carol would come and […]
June 13, 2018

Bathing How-To’s for Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease

There are a wealth of questions on how to get aging parents to bathe – especially when the elder has Alzheimer’s or severe dementia. One consideration is how often do elderly parents need to bathe? Since […]
June 12, 2018

How Communication Can Influence Your Caregiving Experience

When I was a kid, one of my role models was Horton the elephant, from Dr. Seuss. His phrase, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant—an elephant’s faithful 100 percent!” became my […]
June 11, 2018

5 Tips After Caregiving is Over

Grief is often a foreign feeling for most until they are faced with it head on. When you lose a loved one, it can be hard to do much of anything, but life must go on. […]
June 8, 2018

Plan for Diabetes Care in Heat & Emergencies

If you or a loved one have diabetes, you know how important it is to have a care routine. Yet summer weather, with its high temperatures and extreme storms, can cause problems with that routine and […]
June 6, 2018

Stress Reduction Strategies

When my husband Phil’s colorectal cancer returned, this time in the liver and lungs, I found myself stressed to the max.  With my full-time job as a kindergarten teacher, my commitment to my adult children and […]
May 25, 2018

Respite: Enjoy a Guilt Free Summer

Why is it that the words “respite” and “guilt” seem to go hand in hand? Why do caregivers feel we are somehow failing our loved one by admitting that we need help, need time to recharge […]
May 18, 2018

How to Find the Joy in Caregiving

ELISA CARED FOR HER husband who lived with dementia. When she couldn’t care for him at home any longer, she arranged for him to live in the only Alzheimer’s care facility in our community. My father eventually moved there […]

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