The Caretaking Caregiver

There are many ways to be a family caregiver. Most people think of the traditional physical caregiving when the term “family caregiver” is used. However, there are other types of caregiving roles that family members can have

One a Day Keeps Stress at Bay

What is consistently felt by those of us caring for our elders? STRESS!! Eldercare lands in our lap like an elephant. It’s big, heavy and hard to ignore. We usually find that eldercare causes us to feel overwhelmed and our Read More …

Share the Care or Pull Out Your Hair

Many families will be gathering for the holidays. This is a perfect time to talk with your siblings about sharing the care for aging parents – before anyone loses more hair. Often, families are spread out geographically with one sibling Read More …

Time Out

Ever wonder why your elder gets so grumpy after a wonderful outing with you and your family?  They just had a great time!  We just had some family togetherness! Well, their time away from their home base may have exceeded Read More …

A Plan for All Seasons

Plan now for where your elders will live as they age.  Get their vision for what they want to happen if they need care or accommodations for an illness.  Having a plan is the key.  It reduces the stress, eases Read More …

Elder Emergencies – Stay Ahead of the Storm

Seen the photos of nursing home residents sitting in waist deep water? Watch the elderly couple’s daughter flag down a CNN crew to rescue them from rising waters? These are examples of how devastating emergencies can be magnified when they involve Read More …

Help When It’s Time for Hospice

When someone tells you it’s time to call hospice for someone you love, it’s one of the toughest bits of news you’ll ever hear. However, when you do get that news, you’ll still need good information. Here are a few Read More …

Begin with the End in Mind

Raise your hand if discussing death with your parents is fun. I see no hands. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m not looking at an audience right now – but I also know of no one that would. It’s not a Read More …