Month: June 2014

Women as caregivers – Family Caregiver Alliance breaks down women’s role in caring for our elderly

June 27th, 2014

We all know that caregiving is the new normal for many families.  Gone are the days when we only worried about the health and financial security of our children.  Now our brains and hearts are overloaded with worry and concern …

Caregiver Tips for daily routines – how to help your loved one cope with Dementia

June 27th, 2014

I came across this article on the HUFF POST which discusses the ways in which a caregiver can subtly provide stability, memory triggers and support to someone suffering from Dementia.  The advice is clear and spot-on.  Please take a moment …

How do you know if a someone who suffers from Dementia is competent to make decisions?

June 26th, 2014

Evaluating decision-making is complicated.  Often individuals are under the impression that a “score” on a cognitive screening tool, such as a Folstein MMSE, is a definitive marker.  Unfortunately, decision-making competency is not this black and white.   Standardized measures are important …

Summer is here! Travel tips for the Caregiver offered by Alzheimer’s Society of Colorado

June 25th, 2014

Here is a link for some great tips to help prepare for travel with a senior who may require assistance.  There are great suggestions to ensure that you plan ahead by registering with emergency response programs, alerting airlines for added …

Caregiving resources available – news, information, webinars and more!

June 25th, 2014

I am honoured to be a part of the Family Caregiver Network Society of British Columbia’s newsletter this month.  Please see their newsletter which is filled with great information and tips for family caregivers and professionals.

Complete your legal documents – Living Will, Power of Attorney, Last Will and Testament, etc. NOW when you’re healthy!

June 25th, 2014

I have seen it too many times to count.  A family calls me in desperation to help them because they are not sure as to what decisions to make regarding the care of a senior. They have bills to pay …

Avoid the “should have” syndrome. Talk to your family NOW about how to age as a family team. Prepare, plan and share your expectations.

June 18th, 2014

Many of us don’t want to think about getting old, becoming sick, or even dying.  I get it.  Even I don’t like these discussions and this is what I do every day with my clients!  I am fortunate because these …

Working caregivers – Guides available to assist employers and employees

June 11th, 2014

I am pleased to see that the Canadian Human Rights Commission has taken steps to acknowledge the impact of working caregiver stress and workplace challenges with its production of the Guide to Balancing Work and Caregiving Obligations which is available …

Yoga, Dementia and Caregivers – Can this provide long term benefits?

June 6th, 2014

This article touched on the benefits of yoga for those suffering with Dementia and their caregivers. You will read in the originating article that there was a very small group that tried this type of stress relief.  Obviously clinical conclusions …

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