The Dr. Beverly Kidder Interview
Gary Barg: Dr. Kidder, why do you
call your book The Gift of Caregiving?
Beverly Kidder: Two reasons.
One, I got sick and tired of hearing and reading about the burden of
caregiving, as though that is the only model we have. And, I was
inspired one time a couple of years ago to hear a man, whose wife had
Alzheimer’s disease, talk about the wonderful gift that he had received
from her through the process of caring for her. That just kind of stuck
in my mind. I was thinking about my personal experience as a caregiver
and recognizing what an opportunity it was for me as a human being to be
a caregiver for my mother and I remembered what he said. I thought, I
want to balance this notion of burden with the notion of gift ...more
and the Caregiver
By Trish Hughes Kreis, Staff Writer
Organized. Caregivers can be called a lot of things
(caring, compassionate, self-sacrificing and persistent), but one of the
most important traits of a caregiver is being organized. Organization
doesn’t always come naturally to people, but it sure can help when
keeping track of appointments and medications and lab results and
Fear of Falling - Preventing Falls
By Sharon Roth Maguire,
MS, APRN-BC, GNP, APNP
Most caregivers are aware of the importance of
preventing falls. When a fall occurs, the results can be life-changing.
While we all realize the significance of a broken bone that may result
from a fall, what we sometimes fail to acknowledge is the broken spirit
that may occur after a fall ...more
Home Care Tips
for Elderly Loved Ones
By Jennifer B. Buckley
If you are caring for an elderly loved one at home,
you should make them as comfortable and safe as possible. This can
reduce stress for you, as well as, your loved-one. The more secure your
loved-one feels, the less the likelihood of them becoming confused,
aggressive, or agitated. There are simple, little changes you can make
to ensure a heightened level of contentment for your loved-one ...more
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I am up against a huge hurdle and have a very
important question I hope you can give me insight
on. My 91-year-old father has beginning to
mid-dementia. Until two months ago, he lived in
Florida. I had to fly there to bring him home to
live with me. The only way to bring him here was
to tell him that he was coming on "vacation."
My issue is the following. He did a reverse mortgage
on his home, which means he must occupy it at all
times. I read the fine print and he IS allowed one
year of absentee time from the property for extended
visits. However, the mortgage company sent him a notice
here wanting to know if he is residing at his current
dwelling or not. Should I call them and tell them he
is here for a visit? I have a Power of Attorney.
Thank you for any suggestions.
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