Tag: caregiving

56 Best Senior Caregiving Tools

If you’re a caregiver, undoubtedly you’ve scoured the Internet for information, services, and support to help you in your caregiving journey. But how many times have you walked away from the computer overwhelmed by the sheer number of websites out there? Thankfully, Ryan McEniff, owner of Minute Women Home Care, took the time to evaluate... Read more »

Caregivers and Dancers Alike! Come Dance for Dementia on May 18

You might be wondering, What does she mean when she says “caregivers and dancers alike”? But I make that comparison with a sincere heart. You see, caregivers and dancers have something in common. They are both brave. They both put themselves out there to do something not many people do. And they both learn to... Read more »

“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 »

5 Things Caregivers Can Learn From March Madness

Although I grew up surrounded by basketball, I’ve only filled out two March Madness brackets in my life. The first time – about 7 years ago – I had my dog make my picks. This year, I turned to my dad for assistance. So while I’m no expert on picking winners, I’ve certainly seen my... Read more »

When Alzheimer’s Hits Home: Six Ways to Help Kids and Teens

We often talk about the impact of Alzheimer’s on the person with the disease, on the caregiver, and on “family members.” But couched within that language is the assumption that we’re only talking about adults. What about the kids and teens who have a parent, grandparent, or other relative with Alzheimer’s disease? They are likely... Read more »

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Raise Your Voice at the Illinois Action Summit on April 2

As I listen to birds singing outside my office window for the first time in what feels like an eternity, I am filled with hope for positive change and making things anew. Perhaps this is why I think that 2014 is the best year yet for Alzheimer’s caregivers in Illinois to raise their voice at... Read more »

IMD Guest House Meets Critical Need of Patients, Caregivers

Every now and then I learn about a service for caregivers that knocks my socks off. When I do, it brings me great joy to tell my readers about it so they can access such valuable help. The latest service to catch my attention is the IMD Guest House. The what, you say? I’m not... Read more »

Working Family Caregivers Needed to Try Online Tool

Are you caring for a family member while also working? If so, trying to manage your family member’s care might feel pretty overwhelming. Here’s an opportunity to advance research in caregiving while also benefiting from an online care management tool that can help you stay organized. Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is looking for volunteers... Read more »

Three Cheers for Record Increase in Alzheimer’s Funding

Finally, there’s something to cheer about in the government’s budget! Last week, President Obama signed into law the largest increase in Alzheimer’s funding in history, which will be implemented in Fiscal Year 2014. A record $122 million increase will go toward research, support, and services for those with Alzheimer’s and their families. Before you start... 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 »