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The Frustrated Caregiver by Greg Katz Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Fri 07 Nov 2008 8:45am Welcome to Caregiver Friday!!! I have a confession…I’m a control freak!  It’s gotten better over the years but I do have streaks that still shine through and take over my body.  During those times, I can tell you and after talking to thousands of caregivers that I”m not alone, I have a tendency to get frustrated.  If we were to chart frust ... Read on »
Adult day care gives caregivers a break by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 8:20pm Medicaid or private insurance occasionally will pay for the care, which can range in price from $31 a day to $130 a day. Adult day care gives caregivers a break When Dick Lundgren realized that caring for his wife was taking a toll on his own health, he turned to adult day care. Lundgren, who lives south ... Read on »
Caregivers Need to Periodically Evaluate Their Own Lives by Carol Bradley Bursack Posted Tue 08 Jun 2010 12:00am We keep putting one foot in front of the other, day after day. We do what is in front of us, to the best of our ability. And time goes by. Sometimes, as time slips away day by day, we live our life so close to our caregiving that we can't, as the old saying goes, see the forest for the trees. We don't notice our stress levels. We don ... Read on »
Alzheimer's CareGiving Problem Irritability by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Fri 14 Sep 2012 10:40am I noticed there were certain times of day when Dotty would either get a very distant look on her face, or worse, a -- I've been dipped in doo-doo kind of look on her face. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I'm carefully reading the new survey that was done on caregivers by Harris Interactive in concert with the ... Read on »
Family Caregiver Alliance Subtly Insinuates Assisted Suicide into the Care Giving Mix by Wesley J. Smith Patient Expert Posted Sat 18 Apr 2009 12:12am This is subtle, but I think, very alarming. The Family Caregiver Alliance touts itself as a resource for people providing care for family members and others. From its "End of Life Choices" published on the FGA Web site: Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) seeks to improve the quality of life for caregivers through education, services, research a ... Read on »
Caregiver's Contest For You! by Susan L. Patient Expert Posted Sun 19 Dec 2010 12:00am I wanted you to know about a Caregiver's Share Why You Care Contest , sponsored by Eldercarelink.com . I write another blog on that site geared to seniors and general caregiver issues.  Here is the info you need to know: To enter the Share Why You Care Contest, click here .  Good Luck!!!!   ... Read on »
Caring for the Busy Caregiver - Part 2 by Take Root and Write .. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Feb 2009 5:28pm Busy. That word is sometimes an understatement as it applies to one who spends a majority of their time caring for a loved one. You have acquired the "non-stop, auto pilot mode" and only a very small fraction of those gears in the control panel are devoted to you, the caregiver. Let me help you make a few minor, but much needed adjustments ... Read on »
The Power of Positive Alzheimer's Caregiving by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Thu 17 Mar 2011 8:01am An eavesdropper might find our repetitive dialogue dull; I know it’s reassuring to my mother to have a response to every question or statement. I know if I listen to what Audrey is saying to me I can learn something new about our altered world... By Pamela R. Kelley Start living your life the way you always did. We had such a lovely ... Read on »
Are you a Caregiver, or a Caretaker? by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Tue 03 May 2011 1:55pm Is there a movement afoot to start calling us caretakers?... By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room When I say the word caregiver, I usually mean something along these lines. A person, relative, or friend that helps an individual with his or her activities of daily living. I am usually referring to a spouse or child ... Read on »
Training Helps Alzheimer's Caregivers by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 4:02am The majority of CareGivers I meet learn as they go. Sometimes they get ideas from others. I have yet to meet someone that actually attended a training program. There is little doubt that any caregiver would benefit from training. I believe I would and I have been caring for my mother for over 3 years. Some states are trying new ways to incr ... Read on »