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You Are Under “Observation Status”

Imagine your 83-year-old mother who lives alone falls at home and is taken to the emergency room. She has multiple bruises, but no apparent broken bones. Despite the x-ray findings, she can’t safely walk on her own and going home alone seems to be out of the question. She is kept overnight in the hospital [...]

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and currently affects over three-million people in the United States? The incidence is projected to rise to four million by 2030 as our population ages. Unfortunately, most people with glaucoma do not experience any [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

January 1 often signals a new beginning—a time to ask ourselves what we will change in the New Year. Some of us decide we are going to lose weight, exercise more, or stop smoking. Health related resolutions are almost always at the top of our resolution lists. Most caregivers are probably not pondering their New [...]

You’re in the Donut Hole

As a young child, I remember my dad going to the local donut shop and bringing home delicious treats for our Saturday morning family breakfast. Thinking back, I remember the wonderful glazed donuts, the nut covered donuts, and the donuts with cream filling. But I don’t ever remember getting donut holes, which are frequently found [...]

Helping Your Family Member with Dementia

About 12 years ago, as my father was being diagnosed with cancer, my mother started to have some memory problems. At first, I thought it was related to the stress of caring for my dad. He told me she would come into his room at night to check on him and even though he told [...]

The Cost of Being a Caregiver

In 2013, my mother fell in her kitchen and broke her right hip. After returning home, she required extra in-home care. We hired a live-in caregiver during this initial phase of recovery and eventually settled into a schedule of hiring someone at an affordable cost to care for her for three hours per day during [...]

Organizing Your Documents

Last month, I wrote about having “The Conversation” with your parents to help you gain a better understanding of their wishes should they become seriously ill. One of my suggestions was to learn more about your parents important financial and legal documents. Would you know where to look if you were asked to find your [...]

Preventing the Flu

Every year, I get a flu shot in late October. I usually remind my clients that they should wait until Halloween to get their flu shot, too. I get vaccinated every year to avoid contracting the flu virus, and also to avoid accidentally infecting my elderly mother, my friends, and my clients. You may just [...]

Overuse of Testing

I accompany many of my clients to their medical appointments and I am often surprised at the number of tests that are suggested despite the person’s advanced age and poor health. Many times, I speak up on my client’s behalf to better understand the risks and benefits of those tests. I was recently asked to [...]

Losing Your Voice

I was recently diagnosed with laryngitis and lost my voice for a few days. The only thing I could do was drink extra liquids and rest my voice until I finally recovered. During recovery time, my voice was useless, I was frustrated when the phone rang, and I realized I had trouble helping my clients. [...]