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Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

In a previous column we talked about the challenges of being a long-distance caregiver. The subject matter dealt with knowing as much as possible when the caregiver is not local. One key component that should be added to the list of things a long-distance caregiver...

Long Distance Caregiving

Long Distance Caregiving

Caregiving in-person can be physically exhausting.  Caregiving long distance can be mentally tortuous. When you are responsible for a loved one (or feel you should be) and you cannot see first-hand what the situation is, it can be very stressful. You may call and your...

Hoarding by the Elderly

Hoarding by the Elderly

When a family caregiver is called upon to help with an elderly loved one, occasionally he or she runs into an unexpected situation – hoarding.  Hoarding is relatively common among the elderly and tends to get worse with advancing age.  Clutter and unsanitary...

Rejecting Ageism

Rejecting Ageism

As a society, we quickly recognize overt prejudice.  Disparaging comments about skin color, national origin and religion are patently unacceptable.  Yet, seemingly innocuous comments to the elderly about their age do not raise much indignation. Being referred to as an...

Alexa for Seniors

Alexa for Seniors

Given that 118,000,000 people in the US have a “smart speaker” the next part of this paragraph is probably be rendered unnecessary, but it is important to set up the conversation.  Amazon Echo is a voice-activated and controlled smart speaker that uses a virtual...

Coping as a Caregiver

Coping as a Caregiver

Caregiving can be an all-consuming, and occasionally a thankless task.  Those for whom you care are inherently net takers, though not usually intentionally selfish.  In the end, however, the caregiver gives more and gets less.  In many cases that makes the caregiver...

Managing Polypharmacy

Managing Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy is defined as “taking multiple medications for a variety of conditions.”  There are millions of seniors in this situation today. Medication management is an important issue for seniors and their families.  Failure to properly manage medications can...

Is it Arthritis?

Is it Arthritis?

Everyone is familiar with arthritis.  But few really understand it. Arthritis is not a single disease.  It is an informal way to refer to joint pain or joint disease.  The term is so wide-ranging that the Arthritis Foundation says it actually refers to more than 100...

Medical Information at Your Fingertips

Medical Information at Your Fingertips

In these busy times, it is easy to get caught up in the routines and not remember the details.  Medical information for an older person can be critical at certain times when it is least convenient to locate it.  It is relatively easy to be prepared.  When an urgency...

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...