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Brain failure = Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

Brain failure = Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia

  Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease = Brain failure Many people know the terms dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, but what do those words actually relate to so that we can understand what is happening?  I believe that the most appropriate phrase is brain failure....

Do you have your list ready?

Do you have your list ready?

Do you have your list ready? You are in the midst of caring for your loved one and you haven’t slept much, you can’t remember the last time that you had a “real” meal and maybe you haven’t even been to your own home in two or three days.  You are overwhelmed,...

Do you know the one thing that gets you in to the most trouble?

Do you know the one thing that gets you in to the most trouble? It can cause us to go to war with our spouses or significant others and not even know why. It causes hurt, confusion, anger, and even the silent treatment.  That one thing is Assume. We all do it. We look...

Conflicting Feelings of a Caregiver

Conflicting Feelings of a Caregiver

We have heard it, possibly said it and probably thought it … “My mom is killing me!”  You know what I mean and if you don’t then this article is not for you.  She is not literally killing you, but frustrating the hell out of you. You have all of these things running...

5 Tips for Aging in Place

5 Tips for Aging in Place

5 Tips for Aging in Place   Get Organized Prioritize List Your Resources Assess Needs Prepare a Proactive Plan   Most of us want to stay at home until we die.  We want our independence and our familiar surroundings for as long as possible.  Some of us will...

Self-care Is NOT Selfish

Self-care Is NOT Selfish

  Can I really do self-care for myself? You hear a lot about self-care and how we should all be making that a priority in our lives.  If you are a caregiver, you hear it even more.  When you are in the middle of being a caregiver, “take care of yourself first,”...

Resolutions and Why You Just Don’t Need That Stress

Resolutions and Why You Just Don’t Need That Stress

Resolutions, You Just Don’t Need That Kind of Stress in Your Life I know, I know, it is New Year’s Eve and it everyone is asking you what your resolutions are for the coming year.  I don’t have any and come to think of it, I never have been one to make them.  I have...

Subtle Signs Aging Parents Need Help

Subtle Signs Aging Parents Need Help

  Some subtle signs that may indicate your parent needs help at home: Spoiled food that doesn't get thrown away Check the refrigerator for expired food, grime and mold Multiple jars of the same food in varying states Weight Loss Pots that are burned on the...

Can Caregiving Be A Positive Experience?

Can Caregiving Be A Positive Experience?

Can Caregiving Be A Positive Experience? Some say, Yes; and some say, No.  I say, it depends.  Let’s think about this for a few minutes.  Do you know your own personality type and tendencies?  If you know how you tend to act and react to stressful situations that will...

Relieving Holiday Stress

Relieving Holiday Stress

Relieving Holiday Stress The holidays are fun, exciting, exhausting, maddening, time challenging, overwhelming, full of unmet expectations and family drama.  For the most part we enjoy the get togethers with family and friends; we don’t enjoy all the stress that comes...

Dehydration, It’s Not All About Thirst…

Dehydration, It’s Not All About Thirst…

Did you know that dehydration has almost nothing to do with feeling thirsty? A 60-year old man was starting to forget little things and he would start a project, but would not finish it… Now, some family members thought that it might be the beginnings of...