In Medical Myths that Can Kill
You, you write that “one of the
goals of the book is to help us
learn how to demand respect and
appropriate treatment from the
healthcare system that is not always
fair.” I have got to tell you this
sounds like great advice for family
caregivers as well. What do you
advise family caregivers when
dealing with the healthcare system?
Snyderman: I think this is
particularly true for women. The
good manners that our mothers taught
us that help us in social situations
and open up doors and allow you to
have a lovely conversation at a
dinner party— those same manners do
not serve you well when you are
advocating for someone who needs
help. I have witnessed it firsthand.
I have been that pit bull. I have
relied on people to be that pit bull
for me. But the reality is the
system is complex. It is
intimidating. It is labyrinthine.
And whether you are the caregiver or
the person who is being cared for,
it is just downright complicated...read more
Caregiving in the Aftermath of a Storm — Preparation
By Jennifer B. Buckley
Dad’s limited mobility makes him
irritable at times. While unsteady with a walker,
he’s happy to get outside for fresh air. Given that
the front of our apartment building was under siege
— er, construction — for two months while crews
replaced the brick and pavement...read more
Beyond the Stethoscope:
By K.L. Anderson, Staff Writer
through a Doctor’s Eyes
Caregiving can be anticipated,
yet untimely, long distance or right next door, two
hours a week to 24 hours a day. Caregiving is universal.
It knows no boundaries of age, race, religion...read more
Diabetes and Heat: Safety Tips
If you have diabetes, be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health...read
I have a young friend who is an only
child and is having to deal with a mother with early onset
Alzheimer's. She is recently divorced with no income. How
can I find her some help? Her mother is too young to
qualify for Medicare.
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