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How to Pay for Senior Care

The cost of senior care is skyrocketing. While many adult children shoulder the cost of paying for their aging parent’s care, there is assistance available.  Medicare, Medicaid and the US Department of Veteran Affairs offer programs that can help pay for eldercare.
Medicare
Medicare is national health insurance that all Americans receive when they turn 65. […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Medicare, Senior Care|0 Comments

Keep the Mind Sharp, Keep Reading!

My grandparents were constant readers. They were happily surrounded by books in every room of their home. As they got older they discovered large print books made reading easier. But at a certain point my grandmother’s dementia made reading a chore for her.

She would start at the beginning of a page, but soon the […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Family Life, Healthy Aging, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Isolation of Care Giving and The Virtual World of Support.

When I first became my grandmother’s caregiver I had no idea what my life was going to be like. I wrongly assumed life and our family roles would be the same as they had always been. A few months into the journey I had realized how different everything was from my expectations. For starters […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Dementia Caregivers, Dementia Patients, Healthy Aging|0 Comments

Technology That Makes Care Giving Easier.

Being an out of the home or long-distance caregiver is incredibly challenging. We want to be with our loved one whenever they need us. We want to be bionic. Limitations of life and distance and miscellaneous are keeping us apart, but thanks to modern technology that doesn’t necessarily mean we are not connected.

It seems […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Planning Ahead for Care Givers, Service Coordination Can Help!

One of the gifts of the New Year is the gift of reflection. What about the previous year went well? Was there anything that was a particular challenge? Is there something that can be done about the challenging part?

The hardest thing for me to do as a family caregiver was to accept that I […]

By |December 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Create a Family Cookbook

One of my favorite family activities is cooking. It brings everyone together to share a variety of tasks. Someone can be the reader of the recipe, another family member collects items needed, and so on. While preparing a recipe or meal is enjoyable, I think we can all agree eating the result is the […]

By |November 9th, 2015|Family Life|0 Comments

Preserving Your Story • Part Two

Photographs can act like prompts for storytelling and unlocking memories. One of the best projects my mother ever did for my grandmother was to create a chronological photo album for her. The first few pages featured sweet photos of my great-grandparents. They looked so dapper and smart.

The next pages held photographs of weddings, my […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Family History|0 Comments

Preserving Your Story • Part One

“A person’s memory is everything, really. Memory is identity. It’s you.” – Stephen King
I grew up within a family of storytellers. Every meal was full of anecdotes and remembrances and jokes about, “remember that time?” As a child I soaked up the stories. They were my lore, the history.

Years later, when I became my […]

By |October 26th, 2015|Family History|0 Comments

Activities to do with Dementia patients

Maintaining a connection with a loved one that has dementia is difficult. It usually doesn’t work to talk about your week or discuss current events. They may not even know who you are. How can you have a meaningful relationship?

Those with dementia often return to their past, reliving their childhood memories and maybe their […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caring for the Caregiver

Caregiving is an extremely demanding, taxing responsibility. Taking care of a loved one is often a round-the-clock job, taking a toll on you physically, emotionally, and mentally. It affects every area of your life and everything you do. It exhausts you.

Caregivers often experience high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and frustration. This is normal, […]

By |September 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments