End of Life Decisions: Has Your Senior Loved One Made Them? Have You?

What kind of healthcare treatment would you and your senior loved ones want to be given at the end of your life — or would you want any at all? End of life care is something about which most adults in the US have heard and maybe even considered — thanks in part to television … Read moreEnd of Life Decisions: Has Your Senior Loved One Made Them? Have You?

Care Plans – Ensuring Caregiving Addresses Wants and Needs

Have you or your senior loved one done an advance care plan? You may have urged your senior loved one to execute legal documents that spell out their wishes at the end of life. You may have also completed documents such as a DNR (do not resuscitate) order to dictate how you wish to receive … Read moreCare Plans – Ensuring Caregiving Addresses Wants and Needs

Hospital ERs Changing to Provide More Senior-Friendly Care

How many family caregivers have visited an emergency room (ER) or emergency department (ED) in the past year with our senior loved ones? No matter how many of you raised your hands it’s too many — and, worse, too much pain for too many older loved ones. We dread it and what it means, but there are … Read moreHospital ERs Changing to Provide More Senior-Friendly Care

What Being A Caregiver Has Taught Me About My Own Aging

Being a family caregiver is an experience that will bring many moments of joy, sadness, frustration, and wisdom. Living this journey can be life-affirming for many family caregivers. It is what you were meant to do – care for someone who once cared for you. It can have its challenging moments but also brings clarity … Read moreWhat Being A Caregiver Has Taught Me About My Own Aging

Seniors and Families Talking Turkey About the Future During the Holidays

Most families enjoy special moments during the holidays, whether they travel great distances to meet or just come across town. It is a time of year when caregivers take a break from our hectic schedules to sit down with the ones they love and reminisce about the good times they have shared. As seniors get older, these time become even … Read moreSeniors and Families Talking Turkey About the Future During the Holidays

Caregivers Need First Aid Knowledge BEFORE an Emergency Happens

Emergencies that can require caregivers to administer medical help to a senior loved one can happen to anyone, at any time of the day or night. Are family caregivers ready to minister to senior’s health needs? Are you? Of course, if it is something traumatic, the first course of action is to call 911. If it is … Read moreCaregivers Need First Aid Knowledge BEFORE an Emergency Happens

Prepare for the Next Health Checkup – Family Caregiver Quick Tip

As family caregivers, we know the medical checkups our senior loved ones have are important to their health and wellness. Because our seniors’ abilities to sit and wait are not endless, nor is our time, we need to make the most out of the time we spend with the health care professional. What do we … Read morePrepare for the Next Health Checkup – Family Caregiver Quick Tip

Advance Directives Considerations, Facts & Myth Busting for Caregivers

Do you know what an advance directive is, much less whether your senior (or you) has one somewhere — or should? An advance directive is defined as a written statement of a person’s wishes regarding medical treatment made to ensure those wishes are carried out should the person be unable to communicate them to a doctor. … Read moreAdvance Directives Considerations, Facts & Myth Busting for Caregivers

National Hospice Month – End of Life Benefits for Seniors and Families

When you say hospice, many people either shut down their listening or cringe at the image they have in their mind. Many people, particularly older adults, have a belief that talking about hospice could mean your life is over. People die who receive hospice care, I have heard people say. That is true, of course, but … Read moreNational Hospice Month – End of Life Benefits for Seniors and Families