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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 …

‘Alive Inside’: Music + Alzheimer’s = Miracle

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  When you speak, you’re mainly using the left hemisphere of your brain. When you look at a painting, it’s the rear of your brain that perceives what you’re seeing. But the brain has no precise center for music. When you listen to music you love, all your gray matter gets into the act: Do a scan of a brain listening to music and virtually the entire thing starts to glow, like embers in a warm hearth. That brain-wide embrace of music …

A Challenge to Caregivers: Exercise and Get Fit!

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Media Relations | Comments

Media RelationsAARP has launched a new online fitness and weight-loss challenge to encourage caregivers to take charge of their own health. What are the odds that caregivers will rise to the challenge? Not as bad as you might think. The average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who has a job and a family. She spends 20 hours a week providing care for a loved one — usually her mother, who lives alone about 20 minutes away. About 6 in 10 caregivers say …

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 …

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, …

New Survey: Intergenerational Family Connections Matter

Posted on 05/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe Beatles might have gotten by with a little help from their friends, but I couldn’t do it without my family — especially when it comes to caregiving for my parents. Knowing my sisters will help is invaluable, whether I’m having trouble coordinating Dad’s care and my work schedule or I’m simply feeling tired and overwhelmed. We support Dad and each other through this difficult time. I’m not alone in my reliance on family. According to a new report released today …