Caring Currents

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The Junk Wars: 8 Ways to Get Rid of Aging Parents' "Stuff"

"Christmas lights. Do not work." Three boxes, so labeled and tucked in the basement ceiling joi read more ->

8 Spring Pick-Me-Ups for Tired Caregivers

Those cold, wet, gray days in early spring -- like today for me -- seem like a good analogy f read more ->

10 Feel-Good Dementia Caregiver New Year Resolutions

New Year's resolutions about how you ought to start another diet and ought to be nicer belong b read more ->

World Alzheimer's Day and Why People With Alzheimer's Need It

On World Alzheimer's Day, Tuesday, September 21, most people with Alzheimer's disease won't be read more ->

Prescription Medications Cost Too Much? Here's What to Do

One of the most popular discussion topics among family caregivers is the insanely high cost of read more ->

FYI Daily

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The Surprising Reason Aging Eyes Need Bright Sunlight

Nearly everyone knows that aging eyes need brighter light to read or even see. Now it turns out read more ->

Dementia Care Costs

From the Department of Tell Me Something I Didn't Already Know: Caring for a loved one with Alz read more ->

Exercise and Longevity

If exercising to reduce stress or ward off diseases feels a little abstract to you, how about t read more ->

Bed Rail Safety

Worried about a loved one falling out of bed? Don't rely on bed rails to keep him or her safe, read more ->

Aging Well and Boomers

Will you age better than an older loved one you care for -- or worse? Baby Boomers (born 1946 read more ->

Dear Family Advisor

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Transitioning Mom's Care: How to Make a Smooth Shift Emotionally and Physically

I'm afraid I won't be able to continue being my mother's full-time caregiver. She's in her mid- read more ->

Mom is Jealous of Dad's Care Aide!

I feel so bad for my mom. After several years of heavy and stressful caregiving, we found Anne read more ->

Caring for my mother-in-law has taken over our lives and home!

Six months ago we brought my husband's mother into our home. She's a widow, has a heart conditi read more ->

My Mother Has Become Paranoid, and It's Really Causing Problems!

My mother constantly thinks that someone is either trying to break in or steal from her. Dad di read more ->

My mom just died, and I don't know how to be "normal" anymore.

I'm 16. My mother became seriously ill two years ago, and I've been her caregiver. She recently read more ->

Older Patients, Wiser Care

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12 Advantages of Old Age

People are often surprised to hear that I've chosen to specialize in medical care for the elder read more ->

Better Ways to Make Your Wishes Known

Dear Dr. K: "In my written instructions for family and caregivers I've stated: "If I'm living, read more ->

Why Your Older Loved One May Want to Skip That Cancer Screening

Dear Dr. K, My 82-year-old mom's doctor ordered a mammogram and pap recently even though sh read more ->

How to Avoid the Perils of a Too-Soon Hospital Discharge

Dear Dr. K, After my dad's heart attack, I was surprised when the hospital wanted to discha read more ->

There's More Than One Way to Cure Constipation

Dear Dr. K., What's the best way to treat constipation in an older person? My father has chron read more ->

Self Caring

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10 Ways to Thank a Caregiver

As if a national day of giving thanks weren't reason enough to express gratitude to those who c read more ->

Let's Talk

It was a classic case of miscommunication. My sister-in-law -- a.k.a. the mother of all caregiv read more ->

Critical Comments

How often have you heard the advice, "Just let it roll off your back"? Pretty often, if you've read more ->

A Surprising Source of Caregiving Tension

Quick: How well do you understand your loved one? "Pretty darn well" is a logical answer, give read more ->

Speak Up or Sneak Around? Do You Tell An Employer About Your Eldercare Duties?

Anyone who's caring for an ailing loved one needs all the help and support he or she can get, r read more ->

Surviving Caregiving

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The D Factor: How Respect for Dignity Can Make Care Better

Dignity is one of those things we don't think much about until it’s gone. In the hospital, for read more ->

Activity of the Week

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Gratitude Tree

It's easy to complain. Remembering to be grateful needs a nudge. Studies have shown that being read more ->

Organize a Care Items Swap

Do you have a walker you're no longer using? Or a bed rail or cane? If your older loved one att read more ->

Easy-Knot Fleece Lap Blanket

Want a simple project you can make together? Try an easy-knot lap blanket. If you can tie a kno read more ->

Milestones & Memories

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Celebrating July 4th With a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Making this Independence Day a family event with someone who has Alzheimer's or another form of read more ->

The Cheerful Caregiver

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Caregiver, have confidence!

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence i read more ->

It's about presence, not presents

"When I look back, I recall countless hours spent perusing catalogs and stores trying to find t read more ->

Take a Break

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Oprah's Secret to Happiness

Oprah popularized the idea of keeping a gratitude diary, or journal, when she confided to her v read more ->

Smile of the Week

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Funeral Blues

Just before the funeral services, the undertaker came up to the very elderly widow and asked, " read more ->

Tech-Savvy Daughter

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No More Missed Pills

Whether or not a loved one has taken the appropriate medications at the appropriate times is a read more ->

Tech Tools for Long-Distance Caregiving - Part II

A common concern of long-distance caregivers is that their loved one will forget something impo read more ->

Tech Tools for Long-Distance Caregiving - Part I

Technology is defined as the usage of tools, techniques, or methods of organization to solve a read more ->

An E-tool to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

With the holidays behind us and January 1st right around the corner, it's almost New Year's Res read more ->

Tech-Savvy Gift Ideas

Are you looking for a tech-savvy gift for a loved one? Or maybe you're looking for something to read more ->

Dad Has Dementia

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Week 27: Suddenly, Dad Is Dying

It's going to be difficult to summarize this in 500 words or less, so bear with me. When I ret read more ->

Week 20: Power Struggles

As I look back over these past 20 weeks of blogging, one thing becomes clear: I'm having a lot read more ->

Week 18: First, We Make a Hole in the Dirt

Today, Dad and I are planting flowers in containers. I've purchased more ceramic pots and annua read more ->

Week 3: The Hard Costs of Caregiving

When I think about caring for my dad in my home, I tend to group the associated costs into thre read more ->

Week 1: Dad Moves In

It started with a frantic phone call from my mother. "Your dad just threatened to kill me." I read more ->