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In the last few years working with the senior population I have run across a huge contingent of people who are their parents caregivers. There is also a tremendous number who see it coming as our boomer population ages and we start taking care of our parents who, by the way, are living longer and expect it of us.

A few of the major issues of caregiving I hear about are burnout, anger, frustration, exhaustion, boredom, of course love and loneliness.  Most have aches and pains from the constant on their feet running here and there, lifting, bending, carrying, cleaning and all the other movements associated with the daily grind of assisting an older person.  The older and more fragile, the more work involved of course.  My own mother in law for example was dead weight, and much heavier for her size then she should have been. Read the rest of this entry »

Sonya Mittelman, founder and principal attorney
The Law Office of Sonya Mittelman

Tips for the Caregivers

As we all age, we are facing the inevitable.   Many of you are probably dealing with caring for your parent or other loved one. . As one who   has recently experienced this, I can offer some advice.  Here are my nuggets; Read the rest of this entry »

Sheri Samotin
Life Bridge Solutions

If you are the adult child of an aging parent, you have probably asked yourself, “How do I know what type of help my aging parent needs?” Unless you are a senior resource professional, sorting this out can often seem overwhelming. So, here are six questions to ask to help sort it all out.

  • What is my parent’s physical condition?
  • What is my parent’s emotional condition?
  • What is my parent’s cognitive level?
  • What financial resources are available to pay for help?
  • What human resources are available to provide help?
  • What input has my parent given on the entire topic? Read the rest of this entry »

As caregivers, we need to be on the lookout for how medications are delivered.   Thanks to Diane Carbo of Aging Home Health Care,  the following suggestions make a few common  issues much easier to understand and cope with.

Safe Medication Procedures: Read the rest of this entry »

Larry Levine
Co-Owner, Home Care Assistance of Massachusetts

Do you know a senior who’s been stranded at home by the housing crisis? Thousands of seniors are now unable to sell their homes and move into assisted living facilities to get the care they need. According to The New York Times, some seniors who have put their homes on the market as long as a year ago have received no offers. The recession has made it impossible for such seniors to move out or afford the payment of $100,000 to $500,000 deposit required by many retirement communities.

In-home senior care ensures seniors can live safely at home as long as they need to—or want to. Struggling home sales are no reason to endanger seniors who are struggling to perform daily activities alone at home. An in-home caregiver is the perfect solution—whether seniors are waiting (but unable) to move into an assisted living setting, or they would prefer to stay at home. (89 percent of seniors say they would rather stay at home than move into a facility.) Read the rest of this entry »

Laurry Harmon
Great Places

Do you have an elderly relative or friend who has moved to a nursing home or assisted living facility?  If so, you know that elderly people who are unable to live independently often have a chronic illness or some level of dementia that makes self-care–and communication–difficult.

What can you do to improve your communications–and your relationship? For starters, it’s helpful to remember that, while this kind of communication will be challenging, it’s worth doing.  Maintaining a loving connection with an elderly person honors the relationship and can help to improve his or her quality of life. Read the rest of this entry »


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