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  1. Caregivers, holidays and celebrations are perfect opportunities to include the person you are caring to help with preparations. My mother was very helpful. When she moved in with me, I let her do her part. She loved to cook and do laundry. This also saved me from a lot of work. She also loved to […]

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  2. How should you prepare for an in-person appointment in this time of Covid? If you are living with one or more chronic medical conditions, it may seem you...

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  3. Preparing to care for an aging parent ahead of time is important for everyone to do. The year I turned 42, my mother became depressed. She had to...

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  4. The majority of the time, the caregiver will set high expectations for how they can help the care recipient. In reality, their goals are unrealistic, and as a...

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  5. Tod Sherman is a family caregiver for his wife, Dawn, and his son, Doug. He shares his story on what it is like to live day-to-day as a...

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  6. As a caregiver, you face many challenges on a day-to-day basis. You may feel overwhelmed and isolated with how you are feeling. You may also deeply care about...

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  7. Looking for fun ideas to do this holiday season with the person you are caring for? Read on to learn more fun ideas from Deanna Hearn. Deanna Hearn,...

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  8. The holidays are around the corner. It is an exciting time for everyone – for some, it is the time families and friends celebrate with one another. With...

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  9. The purpose of home modifications is to ensure the safety, security, and independence of the person(s) in their own household. As a caregiver, you will want to make...

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  10. AB190 is the family caregivers sick leave bill. With the AB190 bill having taken effect last month, family caregivers no longer have to fear losing jobs to take...

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  11. Advocacy for your family members is important. Families—not institutions—provide the majority of caregiving to chronically ill and disabled persons. These families know the enormity of the burden in...

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  12. There is a good reason why all caregivers need their paper bags… For caregivers, there is a different weight that comes with knowing you are responsible for another...

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  13. At the beginning of my interview with Tod Sherman, he mentioned he was on the phone with me from inside his car. He said he needed a break....

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  14. Caregiving can be rewarding and challenging. When an individual is diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis, it’s staggering, not only for the...

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  15. Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults. Each year, one in three older adults aged 65 and older experiences a fall, and...

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  16. Caring for her father during a pandemic, Bonnie read shares her story and why it is important to check on your loved ones daily. Bonnie shares how difficult...

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  17. Family Caregivers Chris and Maria Ward have been long-distance caregivers for Chris’ sister since March of 2016. They talked to us about the challenges of keeping her safe...

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  18. Particularly in the world of caregiving, I am firmly yet gently advising never to take anything personally. Whether our hurt feelings result from something our loved one said...

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  19. I’m writing this on Christmas Day, 2020. It’s my first Christmas without my husband of 43 years. He died earlier this year of COVID-19, but in reality, he’d...

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  20. Hiring a professional caregiver can stir up a lot of emotions. I have heard everything from relief and a breath of fresh air, to fear of someone in...

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  21. The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family, friends, and loved ones. The holidays are the time to be joyful. This year, unfortunately, rings different. The...

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  22. Another growing concern brought on to us by COVID-19 is the surprising uptick in reported cases of elder abuse during this time. Experts say the reasoning behind this...

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  23. Dealing with a parent’s dementia is difficult especially when it has taken a drastic decline. Vic Railton, a caregiver, shares her experience witnessing her mom’s uphill battle with...

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  24. The purpose of the Impact Report is to communicate the significant contributions and the difference we have made in the community. With the mission of the Community Foundation...

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  25. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused uncertainty, fear, and anxiety for a lot of people, which can be detrimental to anyone’s mental health. Now that we are going slowly...

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  26. Respite is defined as: for family care partners who provide ongoing care to someone with a chronic or disabling condition or for a family facing undue hardship or...

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  27. Palliative care has been defined as “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is...

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  28. Support groups can be helpful if you are facing a major setback in life, or if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It is important...

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  29. End of life is inevitable. We all die, whether it is expected or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve...

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  30. One simple practice a friend shared with me has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of...

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  31. Therapy is truly beneficial for your mental health. To ensure that you receive the most benefits out of a therapy session, you must consider the relationship you have...

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  32. There are many kinds of financial scams. Strange calls asking for your Social Security Number. A romantic partner controlling your finances. Caregivers exploiting the elderly. Predatory loans. Someone...

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  33. When do friends become too much? Following yesterday’s blog, “Authentic Independence,” I mentioned being cautious of certain individuals.  Though they may be friends, be aware and beware of...

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  34. The CARE Act passed the Nevada legislature largely with help from AARP in 2015.  It employs three simple things to help family caregivers when their loved ones are...

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  35. The dictionary describes respite as, “A short period of rest or relief from something difficult.” Being a caregiver for an adult, whether that adult is a parent, spouse, child, other...

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  36. The dictionary defines grief as, “Deep sorrow, especially that is caused by someone’s death.”   “Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to...

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  37. Many people are born with an innate sense of selflessness; one that motivates people to go out of their way to help others before they help themselves. We...

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  38. The truth of the matter is, when you are a caregiver, you go beyond your job. You go beyond yourself. You become a nurturer and a healer. You...

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  39. Family caregiving takes many forms. Some caregivers take a parent to doctors’ appointments and pick up prescriptions. Others become 24/7 caregivers, proving for all needs of a family...

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