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ABOUT LISA M. PETSCHE

Lisa M. Petsche is a social worker and a freelance writer specializing in boomer and senior health matters. She has personal and professional experience with eldercare.

8 REFLECTIONS FOR A NEW YEAR OF CAREGIVING

Whether you are new to caregiving or have been at it for a while, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed and worried about your ability to handle all the responsibilities involved in looking after a person with a long-term health condition.  What better time than the start of a new year to reflect on your role and how you may be better.....

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HOLIDAY HELP FOR ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS

Many people consider the holiday season a hectic time due to the preparations and festivities that typically take place. Staying sane – not to mention enjoying this special time of the year – is even more of a challenge when you’re caring for someone with dementia.

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RESPITE IS A MUST FOR CAREGIVERS

If you provide care to a chronically ill or older family member, you may be aware of the importance of taking a break from care-giving duties and having arrangements in place that allow for this. If not, this article is for you.  Although care-giving can be extremely rewarding, it can also be quite stressful over time.

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KEEPING YOUR COOL - SUMMERTIME CAREGIVING CAN BE STRESSFUL

The mild temperatures and increased daylight of summer can positively affect people’s moods and allow new opportunities for enjoyment. On the flip side, summer sun, heat and smog can be harmful to older adults, especially those whose health is already fragile. As a caregiver, you must therefore be extra vigilant as temperatures soar.

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LIVING WELL WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive disorder involving damage to nerve cells in the brain that control muscle movement. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1.5 million Americans currently have the disease and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. The majority of cases develop after age 60.

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SHOULD YOU MOVE IN WITH YOUR CHILD?

When seniors live alone, other people may have concerns about their physical or emotional welfare. Particularly if the senior has health problems or don’t live close by, a son or daughter may invite him or her to move in.  If you receive such an offer, ask yourself the following questions and take time to honestly and thoroughly answer....

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SHARING THE CARE IS ONLY FAIR

Caring for an aging relative typically involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands that increase over time. If you have a parent or sibling in this role, it’s important to reach out and support them. This can be done even if you don’t live close by.

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CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS: IS THERE ONE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you’re a caregiver, you may have already read articles about the importance of preventing burnout. Usually these articles include a suggestion to join a support group. Perhaps you’re reluctant to do so because you wonder what caregiver groups are all about and whether joining one would really help you.

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10 WAYS TO HELP A HOUSEBOUND FRIEND

When someone is confined to home due to convalescence from an illness, recovery from surgery, or chronic illness or disability, his or her world shrinks considerably. It’s easy to become disconnected from others and the world in general.

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REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands.

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12 WAYS TO HELP AN ALZHEIMERS CAREGIVER

One in 10 Americans over age 65 years and almost half of those over age 85 years have Alzheimer’s disease or a related type of dementia.   Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, involves a gradual breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Affected persons lose the ability to interpret information and send messages....

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GOOD PATIENT ETIQUETTE IMPROVES HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL

As you age, there’s a good chance you will be hospitalized at some point, especially if you have chronic health conditions. Here are some helpful hints to help you navigate institutional expectations and practice good patient etiquette.

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ENJOYING OUTDOOR EVENTS WITH AN OLDER RELATIVE

The long, hot days of summer bring many opportunities for being outside, not only on your balcony or porch or in your back yard but also at organized events. The latter may include outdoor wedding receptions, family reunions and other types of celebrations as well as sporting events, concerts and festivals held in various open-air venues.

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REAP THE REWARDS OF AUTUMN INITIATIVES

Fall is a great time for implementing change. There’s a fresh-start feeling and renewed sense of purpose and productivity that accompany the early part of a new school year, ingrained in us from our youth and perhaps also from years of raising children. As well, moderating temperatures typically result in an increase in energy....

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WHEN CANCER HITS CLOSE TO HOME

A diagnosis of cancer is life changing for both the person diagnosed and those close to him or her. Not only does it cause anxiety and fear, but it also launches all of them into a whole new world of medical information and procedures. Life suddenly revolves around consultations, tests and treatments, and the outcome....

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