Things You Can Do to Relieve Caregiver Stress

Dear Baxter, Being a caregiver for my father with Alzheimer's is both rewarding and stressful. I want to take care of myself, but I don't know where to go for help, nor do I have the money to spend. What are some inexpensive … [Read more...]

Amazing Technology to Age-in-Place (But Mom is Reluctant)

AliveCor Mobile ECG Q. My mother-in-law, Veronica, who is in her 70's, shys away from anything that involves technology. She refuses to carry a cell phone, try an iPad, or send an email. My children would love to Skype with … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Hire Home Care for a Parent?

Dear Angel, My parents live in a condominium in a senior community, 100 miles away from me. My father had a stroke last year, and is having trouble getting around, bathing, and dressing. My mother has her own issues, having had … [Read more...]

$10,000 a month! Why don’t they take it seriously?

Q. My parents are in their 70's and I am a caregiver for them, while working part-time and raising a family. My father has had Parkinson's for fifteen years and is no longer mobile. My mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. … [Read more...]

If You’re A Caregiver. . . A Proper Contract is a MUST!

E.A. lived with her daughter, B.C., who was her caregiver from 2004 until 2012. They entered into a care agreement, in which E.A. was to make regular monthly payments to her daughter in exchange for room, board, and caregiving. … [Read more...]

What Happens When Caregivers Are Too Sick To Perform Their Duties?

Q. I am a caregiver for my husband, Ed, who has had Parkinson’s disease for fifteen years. While fully coherent, his physical capabilities have been greatly reduced. Confined mainly to a wheelchair, he requires my help to dress, … [Read more...]

Highlights from the White House Conference on Aging

Photo from Whitehouse.gov This past Monday, on the cusp of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging was held. … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Need to See This

Alzheimer's Disease is an illness that causes people to lose the ability to remember, think, and use good judgment. Over time, as the disease worsens, those affected will have trouble with self-care and will need caregiving … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse is a “Public Health Crisis”

Q. Not long ago, my mother, who is in her 80s, was the victim of financial exploitation by an in-home health aide. It started with trips to the grocery store and small loans. Before long, the caregiver was regularly taking my … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: 8 Things You Can Do to Prevent Elder Abuse

Dear Commander Bun Bun, I heard that elder abuse can include physical, financial, emotional, or psychological abuse, or abandonment and neglect, and am alarmed at how common it is. What are some ways to prevent elder abuse in … [Read more...]

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