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Critter Corner: What Should I do After My Full-Time Caregiving Role Ends?

Dear Angel, My husband has dementia and he will be entering a nursing home soon. I've been his full-time, in-home caregiver for ten years and in all honesty, I can't even imagine what life will be like when I'm not in this … [Read more...]

Can Caregiving Lead to PTSD?

Q. I was a caregiver for my father-in-law two decades ago, and I experienced a terrible scare. I took him into my home when he developed fronto-temporal dementia and he lived with my family. He would get angry at me a lot and … [Read more...]

Sign Language Gives People with Dementia a Way to Speak

John “Alec” Stephenson, an administrator at the Silverado Aspen Park memory care community in Salt Lake City, raised a son with a hearing impairment. As many parents of children who are hearing impaired, the family embraced sign … [Read more...]

What’s my REAL Risk of Needing Long-term Care?

Q. I just turned 65, but I don't feel a day over 50! Although I feel much younger than I am, I decided not to fight everything that comes with aging, but to embrace it and plan for it, so I am ready for whatever life has in store … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Having a Furry Friend May Extend Your Life

Dear Bebe, I am considering getting a cat similar to you for my mother, who lives alone and doesn't get much exercise. I heard pets have been known to promote longevity and social interaction. If it's okay with her and her … [Read more...]

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Penny's father was being discharged from the hospital after his latest fainting spell from low blood pressure. Having suffered from Parkinson's for more than 20 years, he regressed during his stay, and he was having serious … [Read more...]

When Caregiver Stress Becomes Extreme

Q. My aunt Rae, 84, was the primary caregiver for my Uncle Leo, who suffers from dementia. Leo would wander, so Rae couldn't leave him alone, and she missed the conversations she and Leo used to have. Rae became resentful and … [Read more...]