Category: General Caregiving

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 »

Chicago Psychiatrist Allegedly Prescribed Dangerous Drug to Thousands of Nursing Home Residents – Just for Kick(back)s

What? A case of fraud, kickbacks, and unethical behavior in Chicago? I’m shocked! Not really. But I am really disgusted. And pissed. I’m pissed because the victims in this alleged crime are Chicago’s very own nursing home residents – one of the most vulnerable populations in our community. You may have seen in the news... Read more »

Why National Family Caregivers Month Matters (Even on Election Day)

If you have not voted yet, stop reading this now! Please go vote and then come back to my blog. There – I’ve done my civic duty by urging you to vote (and yes, I voted at 7:30 AM). In case I wasn’t persuasive enough, perhaps this little dude Truett can convince you (Oh, and... Read more »
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“Ruth & Erica” Doesn’t Hold Back About the Perils of Caregiving

I’m not really a YouTube junkie, so I was skeptical when I heard about a slick new caregiving series airing online. Yet “Ruth & Erica” has gotten my attention, and I plan to watch it in its entirety. Why? Because it’s painfully real. The show – created by Amy Lippman for the woman-centered WIGS channel... 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 »

When I am an Alzheimer’s advocate, I shall wear purple…

This Friday, September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day. What, you say? Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just have a “national” day – it’s actually got a “world” day? That’s right. And it should, considering that according to the Alzheimer’s Association, 35 million people around the world and their families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related... 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 »