Category Archives: Caregiving

5 Tips for Planning for the Future When a Parent Is Still Healthy

It’s easy to put off planning for a parent or loved one’s care when that person is still healthy and able to care for themselves. Rather than wait for a crisis to strike, take time to plan for how you can maintain your loved one’s  safety and quality of life. Here are five strategies to … Continue reading 5 Tips for Planning for the Future When a Parent Is Still Healthy

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older Adult

The last few shopping days are here and you’ve found yourself stuck thinking about what to give that special elder in your life. Here are some different and thoughtful holiday gift ideas for seniors that won’t clutter the house or require  an  engineering degree to assemble.  Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older … Continue reading Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas for the Older Adult

Be Prepared: Making a Plan for Winter Weather

2017 has been the year of severe weather , and this winter may bring with it snow, freezing temperatures, ice,  or heavy rains. All of this greatly impacts the safety and well-being of the elderly, especially when weather events strike unexpectedly or with speed. Here are some tips from the experts in aging well to … Continue reading Be Prepared: Making a Plan for Winter Weather

Making the Most of the Holidays When a Loved One Has Dementia

Celebrating the Holidays with Dementia by Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC, Principal, Fellow Certified Care Manager The holidays can often be a time filled with high expectations, requiring lots of energy and engagement in non-stop activities. For the individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia, it can be challenging and a … Continue reading Making the Most of the Holidays When a Loved One Has Dementia

Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look for When Visiting Aging Adults

Holidays are occasions that many of us spend with family, whether we live down the block or across the country.  For those with aging parents or loved ones, these visits are an important time to take stock amidst the hustle and bustle, and to make plans.  Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look … Continue reading Make the Most of Holiday Visits: What to Look for When Visiting Aging Adults

Where to Turn: Resources for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a time to help raise awareness and education about Alzheimer’s and other dementias. For the families confronted with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed with next steps. Find resources below to help provide information and support to those with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones. … Continue reading Where to Turn: Resources for National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults to Stop Driving

One of the most difficult conversations caregivers can have with their older loved ones concerns driving. Telling someone they are no longer safe to drive can result in hurt feelings, resentment, and arguments. ALCA member Susan Birenbaum addresses these concerns and directs caregivers to useful resources. How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults … Continue reading How to Recognize When It’s Time for Older Adults to Stop Driving

What’s Important to Consider Before Hiring In-Home Caregivers

In the Aging Life Care Association’s newest White Paper, “Agency or Independent: Considerations in Hiring”, ALCA member Bunni Dybnis examines the legal and financial questions one should examine before deciding to hire caregivers for the home. Below is an excerpt from the beginning of the White Paper; to read and download the entire document, please … Continue reading What’s Important to Consider Before Hiring In-Home Caregivers

8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

America’s Sandwich Generation, men and women in their forties to sixties with both aging parents and children to care for, is one of the fastest growing populations. This group of people often find themselves stuck in the middle of trying to juggle a hectic schedule that includes caring for parents experiencing a decline in health, … Continue reading 8 Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Make Their Lives Easier

Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults

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With temperatures already breaking 100° in parts of the country, the dog days of summer are here and it will only get hotter.  This raises some concern for keeping safe and cool, especially among senior citizens. Aging adults, in particular, may be at higher risk of heat-related maladies as they are less likely to sense and respond … Continue reading Beat the Heat: Summer Safety Tips for Aging Adults