Halloween is more than a night when little goblins
and ghosties ring our doorbells looking for goodies; it also signifies
the start of the holiday travel season. Many of us will be traveling
with our loved ones for whom we care, or will have relatives visit
with us over the next two months. These visitations can either
represent a ghoulishly frightening experience or they can be a real
As in all things regarding caregiving, preparation
is the key to success. If you are traveling to other people’s homes,
make sure they understand your concerns over your loved one’s safety.
Will throw rugs need to be stored, beds moved or even holiday
decorations organized so they will not present opportunities for a
fall? Do you know where the durable medical equipment store is in your
host family member’s neighborhood?
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Alzheimer's: The Present and the Future
Taking care of someone with Alzheimer's Disease can be a demanding task.
It requires time and energy. Even if you are young and in good health, giving care can be difficult...
Some Things I Have Learned
By John Patterson
I have learned to learn about the illness. In my case, I have learned about 11 illnesses, only to find that any one of them may crop up and have symptoms at any time and last for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or even months. I have learned to take care of myself...
Understanding the Risk of Infection During Chemotherapy
What Is an Infection?
It’s important for you to understand what an infection is before you learn about the
things that might put a person at a higher risk for getting one. An infection occurs when germs enter a
person’s body and multiply, causing illness, organ and tissue damage, or disease...read more
My mom, who has dementia and lives with my husband and me, loves animals. Throughout the
day, I show her YouTube videos of animal antics that make her smile and laugh. I often take photos of our
pets and print them off for her to look at. She may not remember the specifics, but the feel-good emotion of
happiness stays with her all day and helps her to get a good night's sleep.
Saying “I love you” has always been a part of our family’s life. I end every call to my mom with
“I love you.” It would upset her if I did not, especially since she has had a stroke and has dementia. When my
mother lost my father after 55 years of marriage, she was devastated. I make sure my mother knows she is loved;
not just by words, but by actions also. A simple hug and a kiss go a long way.
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