Family Caregiver Blog

Easing the disruption of travel

There is one thing for certain in the life of a long-distance family caregiver: You are going to travel. And often unexpectedly! You can ease the disruption by acknowledging that you have this "second life," the one when you are periodically away. By treating it as a given, you can put systems in place to...

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Considering a remodel?

Do you want to ensure that Mom and Dad can live safely and comfortably in their home over the years to come? Many seniors want to "age in place." Remodeling can remove safety hazards and prevent common accidents. It also can be less expensive than paying for assisted living. Plus, making the home "senior friendly"...

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When should you make an advance directive?

This document names a person to make decisions for you in case you are not able to do so yourself. It also gives instructions for care preferences at the end of life. That's not morbid. It's simply good medical communication. Recall the heartbreaking cases of young people in tragic accidents who lacked advance directives (Karen...

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After cancer treatment

Even if the doctor says your loved one has no more cancer, the joy of such news may be tempered by worries about the cancer coming back. Although the potential for a return of cancer is real, you can draw on skills learned during the diagnosis phase. When living with uncertainty, stay focused on what...

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Addressing loneliness

Loneliness is more than an unpleasant emotion. Older adults who are lonely are also more likely to be depressed and more likely to die at a younger age than their peers. They are also more likely to need help sooner with walking, dressing, and bathing. Loneliness comes about when there is a mismatch between the...

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