Relationships

September 24, 2018

5 Steps to Take Before You Become a Relative’s Caregiver

If you think you may someday be managing the life of a parent, you’d be well advised to get a jump on the situation before matters reach a tipping point.
September 21, 2018

Family Caregiver: Building Your Care Partner Team

I want to talk about a very important concept, building your “care partner team.” It is far too easy to think as a spouse (or primary family caregiver) facing caregiving … “I can do it all” […]
September 19, 2018

After Caregiving: Getting Back on Your Feet

Nothing can be more devastating than losing a loved one, whether it be your sibling, parent, child, or partner.  And no one will be ready for that to happen. For many, the long stretch of battling […]
September 14, 2018

Hands-On Skills for Caregivers

When you’re a caregiver, finding time to take care of your own physical needs is difficult enough, but taking care of the physical needs of someone else is even more challenging. Assisting someone else to dress, […]
September 11, 2018

Long-Distance Caregiving: Tips for Success

Know What You Need to Know Experienced caregivers recommend that you learn as much as you can about your family member or friend’s illness, medicines, and resources that might be available. Information can help you understand […]
August 30, 2018

A Husband’s Reflections – Starting a New Life After Six Years of Caregiving

Our friend Stan *lost his wife Julie* after a six-year courageous and exhausting battle that started with a diagnosis of breast cancer. About a year after Julie’s death, when a group of our friends got together […]
June 18, 2018

My Mother Doesn’t Listen To Me! The New Role Of Eldercare Mediation

As a geriatric care manager, I am considered an expert in issues relating to the elderly.  However, where my mother is concerned, I am just a daughter who cares.  She often takes the advice of friends […]
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 […]
March 9, 2018

Thank You, Mom

I saw it as she sat at my dining room table. Portable file emptied of medical bills and prescription drug plan information, spread out over the table top and on chair seats. I was working in […]

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