Family Caregiving Blog

At [Your Organization], we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the [Your Service Area] experts in aging, we have resources, tips and information that can make your much life easier.

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Should you take over Mom’s checkbook?

Money matters are often intensely private. And no one wants to infringe on a family member's independence. Yet it is through (sometimes expensive) financial mishaps that you may learn of changes in your parent's memory and thinking. Signs of a problem Diseases that affect memory also tend to impair arithmetic skills and reasoning. That's why...

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Dementia dogs

Dog training organizations are looking toward a new challenge: Training highly skilled "dementia dogs." These dogs are individually trained to meet the needs of persons with memory loss problems. They provide safety and companionship. They also relieve the anxiety of family caregivers. To support a person with dementia, dogs are trained to help with memory...

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Time for smart monitoring?

From sensors and cameras to remote alarm systems, today's marketplace offers a plethora of technology to help older adults safely age in place. Those devices with monitoring features are particularly useful if your loved one lives on their own, whether near to you or far away. Indeed, many apps and devices can help you stay...

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Coping with vision loss

It's common for those newly diagnosed with a vision-loss condition to feel anxious and depressed. Understandably so! They worry about losing their independence. Also, that they will need help with many activities of life. This in turn suggests a loss of privacy. Many newly diagnosed persons report a sudden lack of confidence and feelings of...

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What is “cremation authorization”?

With National Healthcare Decisions Day coming up on April 16, it's good to review who your loved one has chosen as their healthcare power of attorney (sometimes called a "proxy" or "agent"). This is who will make decisions for them when they are no longer able to do so themselves. Often this occurs in end-of-life...

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Is Dad taking his meds “as directed?”

Did you know that nearly half of adults taking prescription medications for a chronic condition make errors in taking their meds? The most common problem areas: Memory. Forgetting to take a medication Organization. Failing to order a refill in time and running out Convenience. Being away from home and missing dose(s) Side effects. Experiencing unpleasant reactions...

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How to read an Explanation of Benefits

Before your loved one pays a medical bill, wait for the insurance's Explanation of Benefits (from Medicare, this is called a "Medicare Summary Notice"). This document indicates what services were billed by which providers for what days. It is an important summary to help you catch errors, duplicates or, sadly, even identity theft or fraud....

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Maximizing your resources

When we think of "resources," as family caregivers we might think of money. Or time. But there is another resource we're using every day that is often overlooked: Emotional energy. Our emotions and mood contribute mightily to our ability to deal with challenges. When circumstances are difficult, it's hard to generate enthusiasm or initiate projects....

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When kidneys fail: Dialysis?

If the person you care for has chronic or advanced kidney disease, dialysis will come up as a treatment option. This procedure mimics the cleansing function of the kidneys. It mechanically "rinses" the blood to take out toxins. Dialysis is not a cure for kidney disease. But it does buy some time. People often live...

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When high blood pressure goes untreated

Don't confuse a lack of symptoms with a lack of risk. A person with high blood pressure usually feels "just fine." And that makes it easy to also feel unconcerned. Your loved one may not be motivated to treat high blood pressure. Or may want to stop taking medications because they don't notice any difference....

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