Tag Archives: elder care

The Juggle

Think about what you want your life to be like when you’re done caregiving, suggests O’Donnell. When her parents were both diagnosed with terminal illnesses on the same day, she initially felt obligated to give her entire life over to … Continue reading

Posted in Reflections | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Caregivers

Unsurprisingly, caregivers are at increased risk for a host of health problems: depression, anxiety, arthritis, headaches, diabetes, back pain, weakened immunity, even cancer. They seldom have time or energy to focus on their own well-being. If they’re able to take … Continue reading

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Afraid of Falling?

I love the quote the article “Afraid of Falling? For Older Adults, the Dutch Have a Cure” ended on “You practice the things you know you can do, and not the things you can’t.” Falling as we age is one … Continue reading

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Navigating Aging

Instead of arguing with an older adult who says, “I don’t want any assistance,” try to follow up by asking “Tell me more. What are you concerned about?” They may reveal there are circumstances at home — perhaps hoarding, perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Raising the Bar for Elderly Care

My husband’s grandmother “Jenny” is 94 and lives alone. Up until three years ago, her son was her main caregiver. When he passed away, her daughter offered to take her in, but she lives a few states away and Jenny … Continue reading

Posted in Reading | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments