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When Older Family Members Resist Going to the Doctor

When Older Family Members Resist Going to the Doctor

As people grow older, there are any number of things about which they grow wary. Sometimes that fear includes refusal to participate in regular health checkups – or even seek medical help when needs are more urgent. This allows the elder to avoid bad news about...

Seven Steps for Keeping Your Senior Safe

Seven Steps for Keeping Your Senior Safe

Keeping those we love safe is among our highest priorities. And, since falling is the leading cause of injury among the 65+ age category, consider a few of the most common causes of falling and work toward eliminating them. Household Obstacles.  Eliminating obstacles...

Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

There are hundreds of thousands of loving family members whose primary responsibility every day is to take care of those who need them to survive.  They are most often elderly parents, but sometimes more extended branches of the family tree.  Knowing that meeting the...

How to “Be” When You Are with Someone with Alzheimer’s

How to “Be” When You Are with Someone with Alzheimer’s

At those times when you encounter someone with Alzheimer’s is critical to create an environment and communication that best matches what that individual needs.  It is impossible to read the mind of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s and different people with the...

Everybody Needs Somebody

Everybody Needs Somebody

For older adults, social isolation is an all too common part of life. Many elders have lost spouses and live alone or have children and other family members who do not live close and cannot easily visit on a regular basis. Others are housebound due to injury or...

Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

The discharge procedure at a hospital is an established process.  Sometimes, however, the process is so routinized that patients and their families assume that they have been told everything they need to know.  On the hospital side, they may assume that patients and...

When Seniors Refuse Post-Hospitalization Help

When Seniors Refuse Post-Hospitalization Help

All too often, older patients get released from the hospital and are fully eligible for help at home but refuse it.  The reasons for this vary, but often it gets down to privacy or pride.  Seniors see their homes as sanctums.  They don’t want strangers invading their...

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

We most often hear the acronym PTSD as it relates to those returning from the stresses of battle in a time of war.  As a caregiver for an older adult, you may have recognized some similarities in your own emotional response to your situation.  They are similar in many...

What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Given a choice, most elders do not want to leave their homes as they age.  They understand their “space” and want to stay in it.  But, aging in place requires acceptance and accommodation.  Sometimes it works out, but it can be challenging. Some seniors stubbornly...