• Wheelchair Etiquette

    At a recent social event I attended with my 89 year old, wheelchair bound mother I noticed there were very different ways people would approached her. I remembered a training I had attended years ago that was helpful for me and I thought it might be helpful to share some of the key points: Speak directly to […]

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  • Traveling with a Care-receiver

    I just returned from a family wedding in another state.  Watching my caregiving sisterprepare and work with my mother who is blind and wheelchair bound was inspirational . I thought this would be a perfect time to share some of her travel tips. 

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  • Low Vision & Blindness

    It is reported that nearly 3.5 million Americans over the age of 40 have some degree of vision loss, most commonly from age-related conditions. This number is expected to double in the next few decades as the baby boomers grow older. My mother suffers from vision loss after a stroke in one eye and the […]

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  • 6 Must-Have Legal Documents for Family Caregivers

    Medical Documents • HIPAA Authorization • Healthcare POA • Advance Healthcare Directive Financial Documents • Financial POA • Trust • Will An elder law attorney can assist with the preparation of these documents, as well as provide valuable guidance to help you plan for the future, given your loved one’s individual situation and preferences. Having […]

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  • Helping Someone through the Denial of a Diagnosis

      This past week I have encounter two families where a loved one was denying their medical diagnosis. This situation seemed to overwhelm the caregivers as they were not sure how to handle this fact. Sometimes, though, a short period of denial can be helpful. Being in denial gives your mind the opportunity to unconsciously […]

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  • The Importance of Social Engagement for both Care Partners

    What is social engagement and why is so beneficial to both caregiver and care-receiver? A social engagement program provides social opportunities, activities and discussion between care-partners and dedicated program coordinators and volunteers. These programs have multiple physical, behavioral and emotional benefits. These are programs that keep people connected to their communities. They help keep the […]

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  • Creative Storytelling

    Creative Storytelling An enjoyable way for care partners to engage is through the use of creative storytelling. Creative storytelling has no rules, no structure, it is just the use our imaginations. Stories connect generations, help us explain our life history and pass values across time. In 1998, Anne Bastings Ph. D. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, […]

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  • Caregiver 2016 Resolutions

      The holidays are now coming to a close and many caregivers start to think about their New Year’s Resolutions for 2016. Take some time to think about changes and adjustments you can make for the new year to simplify and maximize your caregiving. Here are some suggestions to get you started. ~This year value […]

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  • 2 Presents Caregivers Do Not Want To Receive

    There are two “presents” that are not welcomed in this time of holiday giving…Stress and Depression! With schedules changing, expectations are high, too much to do, caregivers often fall victim to these difficult emotions. How can we avoid unwrapping and opening ourselves to these feelings? # Try to let go of unrealistic expectations, there are […]

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