56 Best Senior Caregiving Tools

If you’re a caregiver, undoubtedly you’ve scoured the Internet for information, services, and support to help you in your caregiving journey. But how many times have you walked away from the computer overwhelmed by the sheer number of websites out there? Thankfully, Ryan McEniff, owner of Minute Women Home Care, took the time to evaluate... Read more »

Caregivers and Dancers Alike! Come Dance for Dementia on May 18

You might be wondering, What does she mean when she says “caregivers and dancers alike”? But I make that comparison with a sincere heart. You see, caregivers and dancers have something in common. They are both brave. They both put themselves out there to do something not many people do. And they both learn to... Read more »

“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Offers Training in Crucial Caregiving Skills

Caregiving involves practical skills like providing personal care and managing long-term care finances, but it also requires emotional, relationship and self-care skills to keep the caregiver healthy, grounded and connected to a support network. In fact, I would argue that developing these “wellness” skills beyond practical knowledge is probably the most important process for family... Read more »
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Virtual Senior Center Helps Isolated Elders Stay Connected

If you are caring for someone who lives alone or is isolated due to health and mobility challenges, I encourage you to look into this innovative program. CJE Senior Life – an organization providing a wide range of high quality senior services to Chicagoland for over 40 years – has introduced its Virtual Senior Center... Read more »

5 Things Caregivers Can Learn From March Madness

Although I grew up surrounded by basketball, I’ve only filled out two March Madness brackets in my life. The first time – about 7 years ago – I had my dog make my picks. This year, I turned to my dad for assistance. So while I’m no expert on picking winners, I’ve certainly seen my... Read more »

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home: Six Ways to Help Kids and Teens

We often talk about the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease, on the caregiver, and on “family members.” But couched within that language is the assumption that we’re only talking about adults. What about the kids and teens who have a parent, grandparent, or other relative with Alzheimer’s disease? They are likely... Read more »
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Raise Your Voice at the Illinois Action Summit on April 2

As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew. Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at... Read more »

Village for Those with Dementia Shines with Dignity

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Perhaps it takes a village to care for a person with dementia too. Imagine a place where people with dementia could live with freedom yet safety; independence yet supervision; consistency amid inevitable change. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it only exists in... Read more »

What the Wisconsin National Guard Soldiers are Missing

Every now and then I’m compelled to depart from my usual focus of this blog – caregiving – to share what lies in my heart regarding other issues I find vital to life as we know it. Honoring the military is one of those issues. When I read about the Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers... Read more »
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IMD Guest House Meets Critical Need of Patients, Caregivers

Every now and then I learn about a service for caregivers that knocks my socks off. When I do, it brings me great joy to tell my readers about it so they can access such valuable help. The latest service to catch my attention is the IMD Guest House. The what, you say? I’m not... Read more »