Posts tagged "health"

October 26th Health and Wellness Event a Great Idea for Chicagoland Caregivers

Calling all Chicagoland caregivers! Here’s a fantastic health and wellness event I suggest you check out. Not only will you gather some great information for yourself – it will make a fun outing for you and your loved one as well. Here are the details: What: Be Well, Do Well 47th Ward Health and Wellness... Read more »

Raising Voice Pays Off for Those Seeking Mammograms

I don’t know whether to treat myself to a Guinness or a triple-scoop of ice cream. Neither is good for breast health, but I’m so pleased with my local breast imaging center that I might just break some dietary rules to celebrate. You see, I was royally miffed a few weeks ago when I tried... Read more »

And We Wonder Why Healthcare Is Inefficient

Maybe I’m just a bit compulsive, but I like to combine my errands geographically. That is, if I need to go to the bank and the library and they’re in close proximity, I plan to go to both during the same trip. If I need gas and a lottery ticket, I buy both when I’m... Read more »
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"Care About Your Care" Seeks to Reduce Costly Hospital Readmissions

As a caregiver, you have probably dealt with more doctors, clinics, and hospitals than you’d care to remember. Hospital admissions may be the most stressful of these experiences, considering that your loved one almost always faces a long road ahead after being admitted. But what we don’t often think about is the possibility of our... Read more »

Six Easy Steps to a Self-Care Plan for the Holidays

Let’s face it – the holidays aren’t always bright and cheerful, especially if you are a caregiver. While some aspects of the holidays can bring comfort and connection to those who are caregiving, the holidays also require a lot of energy – something in short supply in a caregiver’s life. Holidays can also invoke memories... Read more »

Packers - Seahawks Debacle: The Moral of the Story for Caregivers

You don’t have to be a Green Bay Packers fan – or even a football fan – to feel bad for the Packers after their loss to the Seattle Seahawks last night. After what some experts are agreeing was the worst call in NFL history, even a Bears fan like me feels a sense of... Read more »
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Three Ds Caregivers Need to Know: Dementia, Depression, and Delirium

When I worked as a mental health consultant in nursing homes, the most common call I received went something like this: “Carrie, Mildred’s really acting up this week. Do you think you could get the doctor to increase her Alzheimer’s meds?” My response was always the same: “Did you check for a urinary tract infection?”... Read more »

The Emergency Room Toolkit: Ten Essential Items for Caregivers

Perhaps it’s because a handful of our friends and family members have ended up in the hospital this summer that I have emergency rooms on the brain. I certainly hope it’s not because my husband and I just decided to participate in two running races in the next two months and I harbor unconscious fears... Read more »

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference: Balancing Hope with Realism

Alas, I was not able to attend the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver this month, but I did follow it closely on the organization’s website. The event attracted over 4,300 scientists, physicians, and other professionals in the Alzheimer’s community who gathered to discuss findings from their most recent batches of research. If your eyes... Read more »
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Five Things Caregivers Need to Know about Hospitalists

I have a confession to make: I am skeptical of jobs with new, strange titles. In our corporate world of buzzwords and the insatiable need to make the obvious a separate entity, we now have job titles that we never needed before. For instance, Project Manager. Really? Haven’t workers in every discipline been managing projects... Read more »