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In Sickness and in Health

I remember the first time I saw Betty. She was walking down a path on our college campus and swinging her bookbag carelessly as she laughed at something her friend had said. I felt like someone had punched me in the gut and I just knew I had to get to know her. When I saw her next, at a party, I got up the courage to walk over to her and introduce myself. I am still surprised that she was interested in me too, and we hit it off right away. […]

By | January 16th, 2018|Caregiving|0 Comments

A Caregiver’s Biggest Time Waster

I’ve been caring for my dad for about 3 years now, and I like to think of myself as an organized person. My career as a human resources director requires that I be on top of many tasks, and time management has always been my forte. A year ago, I started to work part-time to [...]

By | January 2nd, 2018|Caregiving|0 Comments

5 Tips for Managing Back to School and Caregiving

Countless articles talk about the challenges of the sandwich generation, and there's a reason for that. A growing segment of the population is caring for children and parents at the same time and being pulled in too many directions at once. The back to school days can be especially challenging, with all the organizing of book [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Caregiving|0 Comments

Parent’s Day

We’ve got Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, and now we have…Parent’s Day? Although most people don’t know about this holiday, Parent’s Day is an official holiday, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. It’s a day to honor and celebrate all that parents do to raise their children in an ever-changing and ever-challenging world. […]

By | July 25th, 2017|Caregiving, sandwich generation|0 Comments

Family Caregivers with PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder can be caused by going through any type of emotional upheaval as a result of a dangerous or traumatic event. Some common causes are war, abuse and being the victim of a crime. Some senior citizens suffer from PTSD as a result of a fall or injury that caused them to be [...]

By | June 26th, 2017|Caregiving|0 Comments

Making Easter different this year

When you think of Easter, what are the first things that come to mind? Easter eggs? Bunnies? Spring renewal? Or are you remembering mom in the kitchen, dad hiding eggs and both parents presiding over a family table filled with food and full of laughter? […]

By | April 7th, 2017|Caregiving, Holidays|0 Comments

Stress Awareness for the Elderly

Who hasn’t been stressed at certain points in their lives? Stress is a normal reaction to feeling overwhelmed, overworked or lonely. It’s not the end of the world to feel stressed every once in a while, but chronic stress can have long-term effects. This is especially true of the elderly, for whom stress can have [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Caregiving, resources|0 Comments

The Difficult Patient

In my early years as a CHHA, I had a patient who kept trying to push me away. Rose wouldn’t let me help her bathe, brush her hair or walk across the room, although she was clearly struggling to do these things. She was rude to me, or ignored me altogether, and she made my [...]

By | March 29th, 2017|Alzheimer's, Caregiving|0 Comments

Dealing with a Terminal Illness

When you hear that your loved one is suffering from a terminal disease, the first reaction is often shock and disbelief. Then you may feel overwhelmed, sad and helpless. But it’s important to accept the diagnosis and begin to think about practicalities, especially about how you will support your loved one during this difficult time. [...]

By | March 16th, 2017|Caregiving, resources|0 Comments

Improving Communication for Better Caregiving

My sister and I don’t always have to talk to make a point. Our shared history makes it easy to talk without words; sometimes a facial expression or a hand gesture is enough to convey a whole sentence (or paragraph). And sometimes we just know what the other one is thinking and feeling and we don’t have to communicate at all. […]

By | March 14th, 2017|Caregiving|0 Comments