LOOK FOR THE GOOD AND YOU’LL FIND IT

The dishwasher overflowed last night, you woke up to a kitchen floor full of suds and were late to work. You found out two days ago that the mole on your Dad’s ear was malignant. A monster typhoon slammed into the Philippines and left 10,000 dead. It seems that everywhere you turn these days there’s more […]

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 […]

6 Ways to Get Vision Coverage When You Retire

About 1.3 billion people in the world live with some form of vision impairment. The reasons vary but the fact is, your risk of developing vision problems drastically increases as you age. Over 91% of people age 55+ use some form of vision correction, so having access to quality vision care is critical as you get older. Issues with vision […]

New Study Shows Benefits of Person-Directed Care in the Home

A new study shows the positive impact of person-directed care on people who need assistance with activities of daily living. A randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine recently found that, “The findings suggest that disability may be modifiable through addressing both the person and the environment.” Let Me Explain A person-directed approach to […]

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 […]

Robotic Assistants for Dementia Family Caregivers — Here Now!

There have been many technological innovations that help family caregivers as they care for older adults. Do we always love — or even use — them when we get them? Nope! When it comes to older adults, the population is quickly becoming larger than the number of those available to care for them. Many family […]

How to Convince a Resistant Elder to Attend Adult Day Care

While caring for my elderly parents, I was often advised to enroll them in a local adult day care program. Well-meaning people explained that going to the adult day center would give my mom and dad a life outside of lying in bed and watching TV all day. They also emphasized that I would get […]

Caregiving Language – Use It to Uplift and Embrace

If you are caring for someone who is living with Alzheimer’s disease, maybe you can relate to this experience: “Are you with me or not?” my father asked sternly. “Yes, I’m with you!” I replied without hesitation. Alzheimer’s disease had progressed between the mid- to late-stage of the disease for my father. I scanned his […]

8 Facts to Know About Lewy Body Dementia

Most people mistakenly believe that all types of dementia share similar symptoms, like the hallmark signs of forgetfulness and confusion that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, Lewy body dementia (LBD), the second most common type after AD, is characterized by unique symptoms that make it difficult to diagnose and treat. It’s important for […]