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Dina Bennett Patient Expert

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Around the year 2000, my father, in his mid-80s, lost his eyesight. The remaining 3 years of his life were a lesson in watching and learning about the ravages of depression and loss on the elderly. Following his death, I scrambled up that steep learning curve of understanding and managing the... Full Bio
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Elder Care: Conversations about Dying by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Some months ago I read an article in the NY Times that moved me so much, I cut it out, stashed it in my "to write about" file and never dared look at it again. The author, a ... Read on »
Elder Care: Conversations about Dying by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Some months ago I read an article in the NY Times that moved me so much, I cut it out, stashed it in my "to write about" file and never dared look at it again. The author, ... Read on »
Dementia: What do you say? by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Dementia is not a kind illness. It robs those it afflicts of the one treasure trove that neither bankruptcy nor other losses can touch: one's memories. For those caring for ... Read on »
Dementia: What do you say? by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Dementia is not a kind illness. It robs those it afflicts of the one treasure trove that neither bankruptcy nor other losses can touch: one's memories. For those caring f ... Read on »
Elder Care and the Whole Patient by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving An elderly person with no specific deadly illness like cancer, is still likely to suffer from many of the standard ravages of old age: high blood pressure, cholesterol issue ... Read on »
Elder Care and the Whole Patient by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving An elderly person with no specific deadly illness like cancer, is still likely to suffer from many of the standard ravages of old age: high blood pressure, cholesterol iss ... Read on »
Elder Care: Your Caregivers as your Allies by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Some time ago, I gave special attention to the problem of caregiver abuse. Today I want to write about the incredible value to be gained from having a specific caregiver work ... Read on »
Elder Care: Your Caregivers as your Allies by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Some time ago, I gave special attention to the problem of caregiver abuse . Today I want to write about the incredible value to be gained from having a specific caregiver w ... Read on »
ELDER CARE, DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMERS: QUALITY OF LIFE by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Consider this a post-Mother's Day post, in which I am not going to swoon about the wonders of having a mother, or all the things my mother has done for me. There's plenty of ... Read on »
ELDER CARE, DEMENTIA & ALZHEIMERS: QUALITY OF LIFE by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Consider this a post-Mother's Day post, in which I am not going to swoon about the wonders of having a mother, or all the things my mother has done for me. There's plenty o ... Read on »
Elder Care: Dementia and the Inevitable Decline by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In one of my very first posts, I offered 10 suggestions to help manage the general stresses of caring for an elderly parent. If your parent has dementia, or perhaps is experi ... Read on »
Elder Care: Dementia and the Inevitable Decline by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In one of my very first posts, I offered 10 suggestions to help manage the general stresses of caring for an elderly parent. If your parent has dementia, or perhaps is expe ... Read on »
Elder Care: Long-Distance Caregiving by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving One of the more difficult issues to manage when caring for an elderly person is knowing when there's been a paradigm shift in their mental or physical well-being that's sign ... Read on »
Elder Care: Little Clues to a Change in Condition by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Suppose your elderly parent has been trundling along at the same level of cognitive functioning or physical health for some months. As a lay person, how can you assess on y ... Read on »
Elder Care: Making Medical Decisions by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving One of the things that concerns me in managing my elderly mother's care, is that I'm placed in a position of deciding matters of life and death, or, less dramatically, physi ... Read on »
I've been gone too long! by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving To everyone who has been reading this blog over ths past two months, thank you for bearing with my long absence. Since end of January I've been on extended trip through India ... Read on »
Elder Care: Letting the Sadness Be by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Anyone caring for an elderly relative/parent, knows that, as short-term memory fades, what's left are the memories of long ago. These include what are often considered to b ... Read on »
Employee benefit: elder care by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I read in an article recently that, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, family members spend an average of 22 hours per week on care for their elderly relatives ... Read on »
Elder Care: Communication variations by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Each time I talk to my aged mother on the phone, I find myself pondering the puzzle of communicating with an elderly dementia sufferer. It's not that my mother doesn't unde ... Read on »
Elder Care: Emailing a parent who doesn't have a computer by Dina Bennett Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving First, apologies for my evident sloth before, during and after the holidays. But, that's over now, and I have a number of items stored up that I'm excited to share with oth ... Read on »