We want what’s best for our parents, in the same way that they have always looked out for our best interests. As our parents age, we find that their needs change, either because of medical conditions or simply because they have moved into a new phase of their lives. How can we support their continued growth and successful aging process while also being mindful of their physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual needs? It’s all about respect….
Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Caregivers face a number of challenges. They must juggle their time, balance a number of responsibilities, deal with extra costs, and maintain physical and mental health. In the winter, when the weather brings snow, ice, slush and dangerous conditions, these challenges become that much more amplified. To help an aging parent during these months, it’s important to be aware of the many hazards winter can bring. Follow the below dos and don'ts for a safer, happier winter.
Craig Hood, executive vice president of Allegro Medical (www.AllegroMedical.com), one of the Scrip Companies and leading supplier of high quality home medical supplies and equipment, has extensive experience working as a caregiver for adults wit...View Full Profile
As a middle aged adult, you may be considered a member of the “sandwich generation.” You are raising a family, and at the same time, taking care of an aging parent, whether it is financially, practically or emotionally--or a combination of these. And this position in life can bring on additional burdens, responsibilities and stress.
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The request may not be very clear. Expressions might include, “I’m sick of being sick. Can’t this just be over?”; “Why won’t God just take me now?”; “We don’t let our animals suffer like this, so why do I have to?” or “Can’t you do something to help this along?”
Or the request might be much more subtle, such as your own mother asking her hospice nurse, “Is there a large body of water near here I could just walk into?”
Jennifer is an expert on the end of life from a variety of perspectives: as a professional healthcare educator and advocate, caregiver of aging parents, and cancer survivor. She has presented hundreds of programs to the public and professionals ...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
As we age, dementia is not inevitable. However, it is fatal and there is no way to slow or stop its progression. One in nine Americans over the age of 65 and one in three over the age of 85 will develop the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.
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Deciding on putting your parent or parents into a nursing home can be a stressful experience. Finding out how to deal with the situation can make all the difference to you and to your parent. Prepare yourself, present your concerns, and deal with the situation with the help of others, and you can make the transition as painless as possible.
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Growing older does not protect us from mental illness. Many diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol, develop in early adulthood. And we keep them until the day we die. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive illness) is no different. If we don’t have these prior to becoming seniors, we are likely to develop depression and other mental issues as we grow older.
Dr. Zolcik was in private practice and was the medical director of the Community Reach Center, prior to his current position. He also served as the medical director of Behavioral Health Services at a county hospital in Gillette, Wyoming, and as ...View Full Profile
With each new decade, the expected age of longevity increases. And elderly parents tend to require care from their adult children who are also aging. According to a 2013 report by Dr. Glenn D. Braunstein, Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Cedars-Sinai, 25 percent of grown children help their parents by providing personal or financial assistance. In the same year, Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends stated that 21 percent give financial support to parents 65 or older.
Carolyn Warnemuende writes articles on parenting and families. Her careers have included teaching, counseling, and serving as a behavior specialist. She has a non-profit corporation that sponsors a school in Uganda that she assisted in establish...View Full Profile
In the United States, nearly 70 percent of individuals age 65 and older will require long-term or post-acute care at some point in their lives. And with the population of older Americans expected to more than double to 92 million by 2060, the growing need for skilled nursing care will be experienced by families from coast to coast.
Mr. Van Dyk is a past chairman of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of both associations. Mr. Van Dyk is a founder and pri...View Full Profile
A new study from Johns Hopkins found that caregivers actually live longer. They are 18 percent more likely to do so. However, this newfound longevity depends on their ability to manage the stress that often comes with caregiving. Reaching out for love and support is an invaluable way of helping them manage their stress.
Yosaif August is an award-winning caregiver advocate, healthcare innovator, life coach, keynote presenter, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How To Reach Out Before You Burn Out. In Coaching for Caregivers he presents some of the lessons he...View Full Profile
Finding long term care for your aging parents can be a daunting task. You may be doing your research for the future, or, you may need care immediately due to an elderly loved one’s recent injury. No matter your situation, here is some expert advice to help you find the long-term home care fit for your family.
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Since elderly parents depend on their children more and more for support with each passing year, the use of appropriate communication skills are necessary to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings between loved ones. You will more than likely be placed in a position of discussing conflicting sensitive issues with your parents because their goal is to maintain their independence and your goal is for your parents to be happy, healthy and safe. If discussion is approached in an inappropriate way, these goals may collide, and then the war begins.
Patty’s formal education and degree in nutrition with a concentration in lifestyles, and added studies of psychology and criminology has supported her career and her passion for helping the elders of our society. She has worked closely with fami...View Full ProfileRecent Articles