Category: Caregiver Resources

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 »

Forward Chicago: A Resource for Caregivers as Well as Older Adults

The 47th Ward in Chicago has got it right. Its residents and leaders understand that older adults want to stay in their homes for as long as they can and be active, vibrant members of their community. To help them do this, Forward Chicago was launched. This innovative website was created with the goal of... Read more »

"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 »

Caregiver Action Network is the New and Improved National Family Caregivers Association

Throughout my many years of working with caregivers, I’ve consulted the website of the National Family Caregivers Association myriad times. The organization is well-established as a leader in advocating for caregivers as well as providing good information for those who find themselves in this ever challenging role. Courtesy of Manatee County Government Yet despite the... 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 »

Superstorm Sandy reminds us that caregivers must have disaster plans in place

Chicagoland just might get lucky this time. Although waves the height of two-story buildings are forecast for Lake Michigan and heavy wind advisories are blanketing the suburbs, we’ve seen much, much worse. Still, being primarily a spectator of Superstorm Sandy takes my mind back to 2005 when I lived in Southern Utah during one of... Read more »

National Memory Screening Day is November 13: Five Things You Should Know

Worried about last week when you forgot your hair appointment? Concerned about your spouse’s recent forgetfulness? National Memory Screening Day may be something you want to consider. The 10th annual National Memory Screening Day will occur on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Initiated by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), the event coordinates community sites across... Read more »

Attention Chicago Caregivers: Check Out Senior Fest 2012!

One of my fondest memories of my time working for the Alzheimer’s Association was when I’d have the opportunity to set up a booth at a health expo. Equipped with my brochures, booklets, and eager self, I truly enjoyed sharing information with families who wanted to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and helping them locate... Read more »

Home Care Agencies: The Good, the Bad, and Ten Questions to Know the Difference

It’s official – I’m angry. Those who know me understand that this is a rare occurrence (I don’t even get angry when the Cubs go on a 9-game losing streak – I just get despondent). But when someone’s actually getting hurt, my blood starts to boil. In this case, the people getting hurt are older... Read more »

Many Languages, One Goal: International Resources for Caregivers

Like many of you, I have the Olympics on the brain. Even without satellite or cable (yes, you read that right), I still find myself surrounded by Olympic buzz on the radio and Internet – a buzz infused with celebrated diversity. It’s a refreshing twist to today’s international tensions that are too-often characterized by volatility... Read more »