Archive for April 2013

When It Comes to Long-Term Care Planning, We’re in Denial

As my husband and I readied ourselves for a 3-mile run this morning, we talked about summer goals. Replace the fence. Get that humongous dog we’ve been talking about for two years. Look into long-term care insurance. Did that last goal surprise you? It sounds really boring and tedious compared to the other two, doesn’t... Read more »

Good News for Caregivers: Therapy Can Help Elders with Mental Health Challenges

Sherry has been worried for some time about her father, Malcolm. He’s been sleeping in more lately, and his daily walks have gone by the wayside. When she asks if he’s all right, he shrugs off the topic and focuses on the television again. He doesn’t seem to remember things as well as he used... Read more »

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 »

Seven Reasons Why Cubs Fans Make Great Caregivers

This post was originally published on April 4, 2012. In celebration of Opening Day at Wrigley Field for the 2013 season, I’m republishing the post in its entirety. (Note: Two minor changes were made to reflect that at the time of publication, it was Opening Day, not the eve of such.) If you are from... Read more »