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Hot Times: How Summer Heat Affects Caregiving

Posted on 07/24/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe dog days of summer can complicate caregiving. For my 90-year-old dad, whose progressing Alzheimer’s disease makes him sensitive to extremes in temperature, the typical 110-degree Phoenix weather is too hot to go outside, but an overly air-conditioned room is too cold. The result for my father is low motivation, appetite and activity levels that aren’t good for his health. Here are some of the creative ways I use to keep up with my dad’s health care, socialization and exercise …

Living Father’s Day

Posted on 06/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI don’t usually leave Daddy for long. But this time a series of work commitments — and a high school reunion — means I’ll stay away from home for 19 days. Although my sister Linda is going to be with Daddy for most of that time, it’s still very hard to leave knowing he may change a great deal while I’m away, and that he will probably feel less safe and secure without my presence. He doesn’t always know I am …

4 Ways to Avoid the Casey Kasem Nightmare

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Caregiving(Updated June 16) A judge in Los Angeles ruled June 11 that Casey Kasem’s daughter could stop feeding and hydrating the 82-year-old radio legend and allow him to die. The order came after many months of legal battles over who had the right to visit and care for Kasem, who had a form of progressively debilitating dementia. Kasem died on June 15 in Gig Harbor, Wash. See also: Casey Kasem: America’s DJ Did the tumultuous family feud swirling around Kasem make you think …

Nursing Home Hit With $3.3 Million Negligence Verdict

Posted on 06/11/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingEvery now and then, a jury reaches deep into a defendant’s pockets to punish it for its reprehensible conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar acts. Such was the case in May, when a Colorado jury awarded 83-year-old James Sharon and his family $3.3 million after finding the nursing home entrusted with his care guilty of negligence. Sharon’s injuries included bedsores, skin tears and abrasions, dehydration, malnutrition, and E. coli and urinary tract infections — all because he …

Enticing Dad to Eat When Alzheimer’s Interferes

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I was a kid, my sisters and I used to call Dad the “human garbage disposal” because he was happy to finish off anything we had left on our plates. He’s always had a healthy appetite, but since my mom died seven months ago, Alzheimer’s disease has begun to erode many aspects of Dad’s daily functioning, including his hunger and enjoyment of food. When Dad refuses ice cream, true panic fills my heart. If he doesn’t want his favorites, …

Is It More Stressful to Care for a Spouse or a Parent?

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) —€” More Americans may wind up helping Mom as she gets older, but a new poll shows the most stressful kind of caregiving is for a frail spouse. The population is rapidly aging, but people aren’t doing much to get ready — even though government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65. In fact, people 40 …