15 Quick Tips for Managing Caregiver Stress

When you’re caring for an older adult, caregiver stress is part of the job. That’s why it helps to have a long list of ways to cope and get relief. You’ll always be able to find an option that works for the situation you’re in at the moment. The Rising Spoon has a great article that […]

Which End-of-Life Form is Needed? POLST vs DNR

POLST vs DNR: they’re two different end-of-life forms. If your older adult knows how they want to be treated during a health emergency, it’s essential to consider two important documents – a POLST and a DNR. Both documents are available for free and ensure that your older adult’s wishes for end-of-life treatment are respected by emergency responders and hospitals. But […]

Tips on Having “The Talk” with Aging Parents

Open communication between parents and children about financial, estate and long-term care planning matters benefits the family on a number of levels.  From a practical perspective, a parent’s wishes are more likely to be carried out correctly and expeditiously upon disability or death if he or she has shared knowledge about the location of estate […]

Home Dementia Exercise Program Increases Abilities and Improves Symptoms

Dementia exercise programs improve cognitive symptoms A new dementia exercise therapy program that can easily be done at home improves abilities and quality of life in seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Love to Move is a chair-based exercise program designed for seniors with dementia. It was developed by the British Gymnastics Foundation (BGF) and inspired by successful programs in Asia. It’s […]

Hospice Care: Practical Information & Personal Reflections

While a cancer diagnosis is no longer tantamount to a sentence of death, in my Mother’s case, it was. In August of 2004 a five-inch malignant tumor was discovered in the liver of my otherwise healthy, vibrant and active 74-year-old Mom. The diagnosis was inoperable and untreatable liver cancer; therefore, I had no choice but to ultimately accept […]

8 Ways to Prevent Alzheimer’s Wandering

Alzheimer’s wandering is dangerous. Getting lost or accidentally wandering away is a serious issue for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and a major worry for caregivers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6 out of 10 people with dementia will wander. It can happen at any point in the disease, even if they’ve never done it […]