Posts tagged "support"

“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 »

Caregiving During a Power Outage: Three Key Resources

As I sit here in our warm little house, feeling grateful for the working furnace, I can’t help but worry about those who may have experienced a power outage during this extreme weather. Among the most vulnerable to dangerous effects of power loss are those who require the help of caregivers in order to meet... Read more »

Caregiving Overload? Four Tips to Get Family Members Involved

Kendra was at her wit’s end. Although she has a brother, she has been the sole caregiver for her mother for the past two years while holding down a full-time job and fulfilling her roles as a wife and mother. At a recent holiday gathering, Kendra’s aunt and cousin remarked that they didn’t know why... Read more »
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Results from the 2013 State of Illinois Alzheimer’s Disease Plan Survey

Have you ever wondered what the heck Illinois is doing to meet the needs of families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? If so, you may find the results from this survey interesting. Administered by the Alzheimer’s Association’s Greater Illinois Chapter, it reveals that Illinois is indeed doing something about Alzheimer’s through the array of programs and... Read more »

Dance for Dementia on June 23

If you live in Chicagoland and are caring for someone with dementia or simply care about this cause (in which case, many thanks and blessings), you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser. Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, strives to connect... Read more »

Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »
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Recommended: “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick” on April 22

If you’re a caregiver, you may have heard of the “Best Friends” approach to Alzheimer’s care. It’s a creative approach to caring for a person with dementia that’s based on the assumption that above all, we should be a friend to a person who is ill. After all, don’t love, acceptance, and support go a... Read more »

A Caregiver’s Credo for 2013

If you’re a caregiver, I doubt you’ve had time to even begin formulating any New Year’s resolutions for 2013. While each caregiver’s experience is unique, there are common bonds that join you in your journey. Those common bonds are the foundation of this Caregiver’s Credo, which I offer to you as you look ahead to... Read more »

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) – Five Common Questions

As a caregiving blogger, I don’t often write about specific diseases. But ALS – or Lou Gehrig’s disease – has been on my mind lately. You see, in addition to writing about caregiving, mental health, and aging issues, I also work on creative projects such as fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. My most recent project includes... Read more »
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Caregivers Providing Complex Medical Care: A Growing Trend

We already know that family caregivers provide personal care such as helping their loved ones with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and going to the bathroom. We also know that family caregivers are often involved in household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, paying bills, doing laundry, and providing transportation. But did you know that 46% of... Read more »