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Chances are, if you’re a caregiver, you spend a lot of time driving to doctor’s appointments, picking up groceries, paying bills, filling prescriptions, or helping your loved one with household chores.
Loss of independence is a very real threat to your aging loved one. Unfortunately, as seniors age, their ability to manage previously simple everyday duties may diminish or disappear completely. "I don't need help!" What do you do when your aging loved one refuses to accept that his/her care needs are changing? These tips can help you maintain clear, open and productive lines of communication.
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“When it comes to dying, I’m an amateur. I haven’t done it - I think when I come to it, I will still be an amateur, somewhere between frightened and terrified.” (Sam Keen, Graceful Passages)
More than 29 million Americans are currently living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Caregiving is neither easy nor simple. In fact, it can sometimes feel like a relentless, overwhelming and around-the-clock job.
If you’re wondering whether you’re up to the task of caregiving, you’re not alone: self-doubt goes with the territory. The next time you’re feeling inferior about your caregiving skills, focus on what you’re doing right: providing essential help and support for your aging loved one.
There’s no foolproof formula for optimal caregiving. Rather, it’s a learn-as-you go experience.However, many caregivers do stumble at similar points along the way. Take a moment to consider these five common caregiving mistakes, along with steps you can take to fix them.
Unpaid caregivers provide a whopping 90 percent of long-term care in the United States.
Finding time to volunteer can be difficult in today’s busy society, but the benefits are profound. If you’re thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to begin, consider your local senior living community or senior center.
Occupational therapists offer valuable treatment for increasing independence and productivity, whether an older adult is affected by illness, experiencing memory loss, or has sustained an injury.
After knocking on his door and asking permission to come in, I introduced myself to a new resident at Bishop Wicke Health and Rehabilitation Center, where I serve as the Director of Spiritual Life.