Month: January 2015

Download the aging preparation “App”: Lessons learned from fire drills

January 26th, 2015

No one wants to think about their house burning down. No one wants to think about a fire enveloping their child’s school. Yet, despite these uncomfortable thoughts, we prepare for the possibility of this crisis. In fact, our governments have …

The Lost Caregiver – overwhelmed, unsure and seemingly forgotten

January 19th, 2015

As a geriatric social worker, I meet spouses, adult children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, siblings, and friends who push their own needs aside and redefine their lives as a caregiver. They no longer go to the movies, watch television, or go …

A Caregivers Guide to introducing home care to resistant aging relatives

January 15th, 2015

Every time you visit your parents, you notice that they are having more and more difficulty keeping the house clean. They seem to be losing weight, and when you look in the refrigerator, you can see why. Clearly their nutritional …

Caregiving Role Reversal – When did I become the parent and what should I do?

January 13th, 2015

When we were young children, we looked to our parents to tell us right from wrong, to make decisions for us and to protect us. As we became a young adult, our relationship to our parents became different. We still …

5 Steps to work as a family team in support of an aging relative

January 8th, 2015

In terms of caregiving, most of the articles available discuss the “caregiver”, that is, the singular person who provides the care for an aging relative, which is most typically an aging parent. In reality, there may be one person who …

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