1. When is It Time to Stop Caregiving?

    Chapter 9--When is It Time to Stop Caregiving? As we have stated repeatedly throughout this booklet, caregiving is a very stressful situation. Stress either causes or exacerbates some 70 to 90 percent of all medical complaints, including tension and migraine headaches, high blood pressure, asthma, nervous stomach, bowel problems, and chronic lower back pains. There is research evidence indicating …Read More

  2. The New Retirement Plan

    he average American retirement and having resources available for some form of elder care takes serious preparation. Adding complexity are the facts that people are living longer (and thus need more money) and so called retirement can mean many different things today. This piece from forbes.com provides a detailed, helpful explanation of what you need to do to design the perfect retirement… (…Read More

  3. How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer’s?

    Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kansas, spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the frontlines of disasters in places like Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. At home with his three kids and wife, Elaine, he'd always been unfailingly reliable, so when he forgot their wedding anniversary two years in a row, they both started to worry. "We recognized some…Read More

  4. Want To Keep Your Brain Sharp? Take Care Of Your Eyes And Ears

    By age 40, about 1 in 10 adults will experience some hearing loss. It happens so slowly and gradually, says audiologist Dina Rollins. "You don't realize what you're missing." And even as it worsens, many people are in denial. By the time someone is convinced they have a hearing problem, age-related memory loss may have already set in. But there's good news. Restoring hearing with hearing aids can …Read More

  5. Activities for Dementia Patients

    Connecting with others is at the core of being human – and it’s something that doesn’t change when a person has dementia. We’re often asked what are good activities for dementia patients. It’s important to know that there are many ways you can continue to form connections and strengthen bonds with your loved one during this time. 12 Ways To Make A Connection People with dementia often re…Read More

  6. Home Health Care vs. Non Medical In-Home Care

    They sound similar—but they provide very different services. Here’s an overview regarding the differences between the two: What is Home Health Care? Home health care is a wide range of health care services that can be given in your home for an illness or injury. Home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care you get in a hospital or skilled nursing f…Read More

  7. Traveling with Dementia

    By Sharon Hall, Parentgiving contributor I am a family caregiver to my mother, who is 94, has dementia and lives with us. I am also a caregiver to my 64-year-old husband who has frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), the leading cause of dementia under the age of 60. We have always enjoyed traveling. Before my husband’s diagnosis, I took Mom on several bucket trips: One to Chicago (we live near Atla…Read More

  8. Long Term Care Insurance: 10 Frequently Asked Questions

    Long term care could be one of the biggest age-related challenges we face. Take a moment to ask yourself: Do you have a long term care plan? If your plan involves other family members or friends, have you spoken to them about it? Chances are you may not be prepared to handle the costs of long term care needs should you get sick or be unable to stay in your home. That’s where long term care insur…Read More

  9. Family Caregiving and Your Marriage

    Marriage is tough enough. Add in a family member who needs care, and it’s the beginning of the perfect storm. When the married couple work and/or have children, well you might have a tsunami brewing. And taking care of your relationship before the rushing, overwhelming water hits is vital! Many of us have to work at our marriage on a daily basis. We make the decision to love our spouse through t…Read More

  10. Immune Boosting Tips for Seniors Part 3

    A weakened immune system is a common side effect of the aging process.  With flu and cold season upon us, it is important for seniors to take steps to strengthen their immune systems. Age compromises the immune system, and when you have a weakened immune system, something as simple as the flu can be very dangerous. That's why, in our last blog, our in home care professionals in Raleigh went over …Read More