Like so many family caregivers, you
and your sisters have been caring
for both parents at the same time
and now, for just your dad. Thatís
never easy. Can you tell me about
caregiving for your mom and dad?
When I came back from a really busy
touring schedule in the fall of
2008, I realized my parents were
declining, especially my mom.
She was so frail, it was shocking.
And so I canceled everything for
2009óall work, all travel, and tried
to be home. I tried to do special
things with my parents, helping my
mom with bathing and getting
dressed. About that time, one of my
sisters and her husband moved in
with my parents. And so, we were
just kind of slowly circling the
wagons. But dementia is such a
different player...read more
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
Forgetfulness is normal.
Everyone has bouts of it; and even more with age.
Whether a name, address or appointment, these facts
slip through a personís mind easily. For someone
with Alzheimerís disease, they donít return; thatís
the difference. The most common early symptom is a
short-term memory loss...read more
Remember the Studebaker?
By Paula Tchirkow, MSW, LSW, ACSW
Reminiscing as Therapy for Your Parents
Not again? Youíve heard that
story about Sunday trips in the big black Studebaker at
least 100 times. But you sit politely as your elderly
mother recalls her grandfatherís rumble seat, running
boards, chrome grill and overflowing picnic basket...read more
Hearing Loss Prevention
Many loved ones will not tell their caregiver of an onset of hearing loss, for fear of losing independence. Instead, they become isolated, depressed, angry, lonely, frustrated and even physically ill...read
I am the sole caregiver for my husband
who is heavy. I cannot afford to hire an assistant. I
have scoured the Internet for equipment or contraptions to
help me turn him, help with bathing, toileting, etc.
There is nothing found. I know I am not the only
caregiver wife providing all care for her husband.
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