A Love Letter to Grandparents
With our first
Fearless Caregiver Conference of 2013 coming up in exactly three
weeks, I am very much looking forward to visiting with the
caregivers who will be in attendance. It is always an extra
special joy, however, to share the day with the grandparent caregivers
in the communities in which we hold the events. These folks always
enliven each Fearless Caregiver Conference and I am honored by their
So many times, the causes for grandparent
caregiving are attributed to what I call the Seven Ds—Death, Disease,
Divorce, Disinterest, Depression, Dollars and Drugs. These past
years, in particular, have seen a marked rise in grandparents acting
as parents across the board...read more
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The Surprising Extra Benefits of
Exercise for Seniors
By Janet Crozier
We’ve all heard about the many benefits of
exercise — a healthier heart, stronger bones, improved
appearance and flexibility — but exercise has many additional
benefits, especially for seniors.
“Many characteristics we associate with
older age — like the inability to walk long distances, climb
stairs, or carry groceries, are largely due to a lack of
physical activity,” explains Dr. John Montgomery, a family
physician, medical epidemiologist and vice-president of Senior
Care Solutions with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida...read more
Just What The Doctor Ordered?
By Dr. Larry Tune
During these tough economic times
everyone is looking for ways to save money and cut
costs. In my practice, more and more I see
insurance companies and pharmacies attempting to
reduce health care expenditures. This is a noble
cause – unless it negatively impacts patient health.
Using words like “generic alternative” and
“therapeutic equivalent”, medications are being
switched – and this could have unintended consequences
our health care system...read more
Embarrassed About Incontinence? Don’t Be
By Michael Plontz, Staff Writer
One thing that most caregivers have in
common is dealing with incontinence in their loved ones or
themselves. There is still a stigma attached to this ailment,
but the only way to combat this misconception is to learn more
about it, bring it out into the open and discuss it...read more
Share your tip, advice, resource or observation.
Here’s a tip to caregivers to help keep their
family member/client safe in the bathtub/shower. Have them
put on swim shoes before getting in to bathe. I did this
because of a slippery tub and I feel so much safer!
Granted, the feet must be washed later in
another way, but it's worth the safety and I think could save
From Sharon in New Jersey
My resolution has continued through all the
years I have been the sole caregiver for my mom who has
Alzheimer's. I resolve to continue to walk step-by-step by her
side through this scary trip. I resolve to make the best decisions
I can for her and to make sure the funds she worked so hard to
accumulate would be used in the best way possible for her care. I
resolve to still love my siblings even though their involvement
with our mom's care has been very limited. I resolve to lay my
head down on my pillow at night and know I have done as much as I
can for my mom. And lastly, I resolve to continue these
resolutions for as long as I need them.
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