Tag: caregiving

Legal Issues in Eldercare: Tips for Planning Ahead

When older relatives begin to need more assistance, we often think of practical, day-to-day matters first. How can we make sure that Dad’s medication is taken correctly? Can I take off work to get Mom to the doctor, or do we need to look into other transportation options? Is it okay to leave my spouse... 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 »

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 »
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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 »
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The Time We Have Left: A Theory for Caregiving and Self-Care Alike

I recently began adjunct teaching for a local college. Given that my father, uncle, grandma, and grandpa were all educators, I felt a sense of history and continuity as I embarked on my first lecture, making sure to emulate a few of my dad’s signature gestures along the way. Though the experience connected me to... 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 »

Caregivers Should Aim for Middle Ground When Family Members Resist Care

Sherry sees all the signs that her mother needs more care if she wants to continue living independently. An unkempt house, missed bill payments, and mixed-up medications are just a few of the indicators pointing to a necessary and painful intervention. Whenever Sherry brings up the possibility of bringing in some help, her mother adamantly... Read more »
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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Join the Illinois Action Summit on March 13

Perhaps it’s March Madness that has my adrenaline on overdrive lately, or maybe it’s due to The Sequester that has begun wreaking havoc on our nation’s seniors and caregivers (And are we really surprised that a budget agreement wasn’t reached?). Either way, I’m back on my advocacy soapbox to urge all Alzheimer’s caregivers in Chicagoland... Read more »