Tips For Avoiding Caregiver Burnout (courtesy of the AGS Foundation)
As many as 44 million Americans care for older parents, in-laws, grandparents and other older loved ones.
Some older adults need only a little assistance from family caregivers; for example, help with shoveling snow, or rides to and from the grocery store. Others need a lot of help with daily activities like eating, bathing, dressing, taking medications and managing money. Over time, an older adult often needs increasing help from caregivers. More >
Caregiving 101: I'm Suddenly A Caregiver (or Will Be Soon)! Now What?
At some point, you may find yourself thrust into the role of caring for your mom or dad because of the recent death of one parent, a sudden illness or injury resulting in a long-term need for care, or any number of other reasons. When that time comes, you may also discover that, for whatever reason, you cannot be near your loved one to care for them... More >
Creating a Safe Environment for Your Aging Loved One
Each year in the United States, more than a third of adults age 65 and older experience a fall with potentially dangerous consequences. According to the Center for Disease Control, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and most common cause of nonfatal injuries among older adults...
Organizing Legal and Financial Affairs for Your Loved One
Imagine your 85-year-old widowed mom living on the other end of the country falls and breaks her hip. She spends more than two months in rehabilitation at a nursing home. How do her bills get paid? Or how do you help her answer medical and insurance-related questions... More >
Care Options for Your Aging Loved One:
How to Make the Right Decisions
Making sure your aging loved one is in the proper environment is a high priority. The option you and your aging loved one decide on will depend mostly on the level of care your loved one needs or will need in the future, what he/she can afford, and his/her lifestyle preferences... More >
Caregiving Catch 22: If I Only Knew Then -- What I Know Now!
For eleven years I begged my obstinate elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but after 55 years of loving her -- he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every agency and caregiver I hired to help him sighed in exasperation, "Jacqueline, we just can't work with your father--his temper is impossible to handle. I don't think you'll be able to get him to accept help until he's on his knees himself."... More >