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Tools on the Horizon for Dementia Caregivers

Posted on 06/20/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingIt’s not just loss of cognition that haunts those with dementia. Accompanying it are disruptive behavioral symptoms that can include depression, agitation, aggression, psychosis, disinhibition, sleep disturbances and apathy. The fall-out is often placing the loved one in a nursing home, not to mention extraordinary stress for family caregivers. It’s no secret that these symptoms are often managed with psychotropic medication like antipsychotics. For one thing, there can be side effects with these drugs, including death. More importantly, there are …

8 Fabulous Resources for Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/29/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingI write on topics that I think will interest and help family caregivers, but I can’t cover every issue. Really! So this week, I’m giving you valuable (in my book) resources as well as (in everyone’s book) go-to groups, organizations and websites that have great info, forums, learning opportunities (a webinar, a podcast, an article, an upcoming conference, studies) and advice from experts and in-the-trenches-caregivers. All in one place — here! First, I want to give a shout out to …

Power to the People via Family Caregiving Coalitions

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen I learned about the concept of family caregiving coalitions, what sprung to mind was the Carole King song “You’ve Got a Friend.” I say that in a good way! The famous lyrics are: “When you’re down and troubled and you need some love and care . . .” America’s 65.7 million family caregivers may be an army, but if you’re one of those troops, you can feel alone in the trenches. There’s the ever-changing situation, unpredictability, loss, exhaustion and, …

5 Things Caregivers Must Know About Diabetes

Posted on 04/17/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWith a U.S. diabetic population of 26.9% age 65+, or 10.9 million, caregivers must be careful observers. If your parent or spouse has diabetes and is over age 65, read on. Their condition is unique to their age, but it’s not always treated that way. “Geriatric diabetes is not as well understood as it is for the pediatric population. Treating a 40-year-old the same way as an 80-year-old is inappropriate,” says Dr. Medha Munshi, a geriatrician and endocrinologist who runs …

You Need a Non-English Speaking Caregiver?

Posted on 02/27/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingAt a recent conference in California on encore careers (aka pursuing a new field, often with a social mission, later in life), I met a real estate agent turned health care entrepreneur who got me thinking. (She’s obviously gotten others thinking too, because she’s won recognition from Encore.org two years in a row.) It’s tough enough to be sick, frail and poor (a trifecta of misery), but imagine not being able to communicate with your professional caregiver because you don’t …

Dr. Caregiver Is In

Posted on 10/5/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingFamily caregivers: If you’re ever looking for a new career, you might want to consider nursing or medicine. Results from the national survey “Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care,” released this week, suggest your learning curve may not be very steep. Yes, family caregivers still perform typical tasks such as bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, shopping and handling finances. But the survey reveals the scope of duties often goes far beyond these responsibilities to include handling wound care, administering …