How to Motivate Without ‘Bullying’ During Caregiving

During my caregiving years, my mother and I had many tense moments about rousing her from bed to get ready for medical appointments. I’d pop into her bedroom and wake her, then remind her a few minutes later that she really needed to get up, then cajole her, plead with her, and ultimately use my […]

Getting Compensated for Caregiving Can Change Family Dynamics

You can be paid for your work and treated fairly Does money change everything, as the old saying goes? If Alicia had won the lottery, then she might understand why her siblings were now treating her a little differently. But all she’d done was become certified as a home health aide so she could receive […]

10 SURPRISING EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA

Frequently falling, mismanaging your money, or staring into space? Find out if you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Dementia does more than rob people of their memories — research continues to show that this complicated condition is marked by a number of symptoms, especially at the onset. But they’re […]

WHEN IT’S TIME TO SEE A GERIATRICIAN

If you’re in your 60s or 70s, you may have wondered if you should start seeing a geriatrician instead of, or in addition to, your primary care provider. These are family doctors or internists with special training in the health needs of older adults. About 30 percent of people over age 65 need one, according […]

Why Does My Elderly Loved One Sleep All Day?

As people age, they tend to sleep more lightly than when they were younger and often wake up during the night from achy joints or the need to use the restroom. Many seniors compensate for this lost sleep by catching a restorative nap during the day. That’s normal. Daytime sleeping only becomes a problem when […]

Medication Safety

A person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia may be prescribed multiple medications, and may take medications for other conditions as well. Medications are powerful. Care needs to be taken, especially when more than one medication is being used. Use these safety tips to help avoid medication-related problems. Working with the doctor and pharmacist Coordinate with all […]

Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Taking Too Many Medications Can Be Risky

Polypharmacy occurs when a patient takes too many medications for their own good. It is most common among seniors and individuals with multiple medical issues. Because older people metabolize drugs differently, the combined effects of numerous medications can be especially harmful. Being on too many medications can lead to potentially dangerous drug interactions and exposure to many […]

BALANCING YOUR PRIORITIES IN LIFE

Living a productive and meaningful life is a balancing act. With the pressures of today’s demanding and high paced world, most people struggle to find a reasonable balance. We can easily be drawn away from our priorities when one aspect of our life consumes the bulk of our time. To a large extent, it is […]

Caregiving Top Tips: How to Start the New Year Off Right

As a new calendar year begins, we often reflect on years past and set new goals and aspirations for the one that lies ahead. New Year’s resolutions typically revolve around pursuing happier and healthier versions of ourselves. However, real life often causes these personal pledges to fall by the wayside—especially for family caregivers.  The AgingCare.com […]

Palliative Care: What Is It and How Is It Different from Hospice?

Hospice care is palliative care, but palliative care is not hospice. The difference between these two types of care is something that I have found difficult to clarify myself let alone explain to others. However, this care is a fundamental part of treating any chronic or terminal illness. With that in mind, I contacted Kimberly […]