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Caregiving: Give Yourself Some Credit – You Deserve It!

I was reading an article recently on diabetes by a Certified Diabetic Educator and it occurred to me that the concepts she was suggesting to diabetics were also great concepts for caregivers. As a caregiver, you may tend to experience frustration and guilt. No matter how much you do for your loved one or your […]

Flu Shots: To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? That is the Question!

I take pride in my good health.  I come from hardy German and Australian stock and my family is not prone to sickness.   A healthy diet and regular exercise is important to my routine.  Sleep, which I have written about recently, is of utmost importance so I strive for the 8.5 hours that the research […]

Getting Serious About Sleep

So what is a “good night’s sleep? Tom Rath, New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Move, and Sleep references a human performance study completed by K. Anders Ericsson who found that peak performance occurs in those who slept 8 hours and 36 minutes.  The average American, in comparison, gets just 6 hours and 51 […]

Caring for Mother at Home: Dealing with the Onset of Dementia

You may remember my sister Cindy from the Caring for Mother at Home blogs, but if you don’t, allow me to give you a brief summary.  My sister owned a very successful material handling company for years, but she gave it up to care for our parents in their later years. The timing was right […]

Key to Reducing Caregiver Stress: Positive Attitude and Support

Providing health care services has the potential to be stressful under any circumstances. If you support that statement, you must agree that attitude has a lot to do with how you handle your situation. Stress is a general term that includes the physical, behavioral, emotional and cognitive responses that an individual makes to a disruptive […]

Depression and Anxiety in Seniors: Underdiagnosed and Undertreated

Depression: Not a normal part of aging states the National Institute of Health research. The research goes on to say that depression often co-occurs with other serious illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and Parkinson’s disease. Because many older adults face these illnesses as well as various social and economic difficulties, health care […]

Elder Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Michael J. Fox, a popular Hollywood actor who was diagnosed with young- onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991, stands as a hero with his organization Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Foundation.  He states boldly on his website, “Our Challenges don’t define us.  Our Actions do!” Increasingly, we are seeing caregivers dealing with patients and loved ones […]

Elder Care and Medical Marijuana

Almost 20 years have passed since California passed its landmark medical marijuana initiative, Proposition 215. The 1996 proposition was followed by legislation that legalized limited use of marijuana for the treatment of glaucoma, cancer, and epileptic seizures — moving marijuana from the back of old, shaggy-carpeted Volkswagen vans to the halls of modern medicine. An […]

Caring for Mother at Home: Remember Emotional Needs

You may remember my sister Cindy from Caring for Mother at Home: 6 Tips to Prevent Skin Breakdown, but if you don’t, allow me to give you a brief summary: My sister owned a very successful material-handling company for many years, but she gave it up to care for our parents in their later years. […]

Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Signs to Monitor

Caregivers can often distinguish between normal occasional forgetfulness or lapses in concentration and the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.  According to a Washington University School of Medicine study in 2010, family and friends start to see warning signs with even more reliability than cognitive screening tests administered by professionals.  People who are closest to an individual […]

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