Category Archives: Caregiving

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

Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

When you are responsible for the care of an aging loved one, a summer vacation or weekend getaway may seem impossible or out-of-reach. Questions race through your mind: What happens if Mom falls? Who will remind Dad to take his medications? What if there is a storm? You feel overwhelmed and cancel your plans. But … Continue reading Summer Self-Care: Resources to Take a Caregiving Break

Only Child Caring for Aging Parents

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Speaking as a third generation, only daughter and experienced Aging Life Care Professional™, I have many thoughts on an only child caring for aging parents. Perhaps being an only child propelled me to a career in Aging Life Care™ management. I’m an Only Child. How do I Care for My Aging Parents? by Suzanne Modigliani, … Continue reading Only Child Caring for Aging Parents

Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Professional Help

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During the holiday season families and friends visit aging loved ones. Frequently this is the time when they discover troubling changes in health, behavior, or physical appearance of their family member. Many will discover their aging loved one now needs more help or attention. Recent Survey Reveals Top Reasons Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Help Long-distance caregivers … Continue reading Long-Distance Caregivers Seek Professional Help

Creating Smooth Discharge Planning Transitions

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For many patients, being in the hospital is like riding a bullet train. Zipping from room to room, procedure to procedure, being jabbed, jostled and poked, and then suddenly being told it’s time to disembark. Taking time now to understand the discharge planning process can help  ease stress and ensure you are aware of your patient … Continue reading Creating Smooth Discharge Planning Transitions