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Category: Caregiving

Health News Round-Up: Combating Cancer from a New Research Angle

Cancer Research Suggests a New Genetic Frontier in Treatment Previously, treating a patient’s cancer meant treating the type of cancer: breast, prostate, skin, etc. Some types call for specialized surgeries, others for specifically developed medications, others for finely tuned chemotherapy or radiation…

Little Known Way to Validate a Durable Power of Attorney Saving Time & Aggravation

Like many of my peers these days, I am navigating the challenging world of caregiving for my parents. On top of their physical and emotional needs, I have come up against some legal obstacles in my caregiving journey – for…

Education and Support Help to Restore Confidence and Independence

Does this sound familiar? As a devoted daughter, primary caregiver for your parents, working woman, mother, wife… you may wear many hats in life. While you often feel that there are never enough hours in the day, you somehow manage to find the energy…

Bathing Tips for Older Adults with Dementia

Caring for an elderly parent or spouse with dementia requires flexibility and sometimes changes the way you do things.  Even routine tasks like taking a bath must be approached in a manner that is a little different from in the past.  Consider…

Precautionary Measures to Keep Your Wandering Loved One Safe

For many caregivers of a senior with dementia, or Alzheimer’s, the possibility of this loved one wandering and going missing is a big source of concern and one of the largest fears. The truth is, 6 out of 10 people with dementia…

Conquering the Medication Challenge

During one of my visits with my mom, I observed small collections of pills on the counter that should have been taken several days ago. When I asked her why these medicine piles were on the counter, she didn’t know. I knew…

3 Ways to Unleash the Power of Rituals in Dementia Care

Imagine worrying about forgetting your past while also having a hard time remembering new events and information. Pretty scary, right? This is something that many individuals with dementia face every day. Fortunately, routine and consistency may help alleviate some of these challenges….

What to Expect: 4 Questions Before Home Health Care Begins

After deciding that it’s time to start home health care, and before meeting their nurse or therapist for the first time, patients and their caregivers can have a lot of questions. This basic guide addresses commonly asked questions and concerns about home…

Understanding Sibling Dynamics When Caring for Aging Parents

The situation is new – taking care of Mom or Dad – but sometimes, the old story still dictates family interactions. It can become especially apparent when siblings try to assign jobs or make decisions together. Old family roles are rekindled….Who is…

Strategies for Recognizing and Avoiding Compassion Fatigue

Years ago, I found myself working for Family and Children Services in rural North Georgia. I investigated reported claims of child abuse. It was a never-ending, highly emotionally charged job, but I was good at it. My compassion to help vulnerable families…

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