Why “The Golden Girls” Got It Right

Why “The Golden Girls” Got It Right
Communal Living Environments Help with Aging Challenges   I’m not going to lie, I love “The Golden Girls.” I watch the re-runs all the time – so much so that my sons know it’s my favorite show. And while the show is really entertaining, it was also ahead of its time in setting up a ...

Where to Turn for Caregiving Help When No One Steps Up

Where to Turn for Caregiving Help When No One Steps Up
  Caregiving Resources When the Usual Suspects Don’t Step In   If you are a caregiver, you know that caregiving is challenging. It is overwhelming, exhausting and physically and mentally challenging. Caregiving is also isolating. There are less resources for caregivers than there are for parent, the only other population that puts others’ needs ahead ...

Tax Deductions for Caregivers

Tax Deductions for Caregivers
Don’t Leave these Caregiver Tax Deductions on the Table   I’m not a tax expert, but I do know how expensive medical care can be, as well as costs associated with caregiving. Over the years, I’ve worked with countless families who struggled under the financial burden of managing their aging parent’s care. While you can’t ...

Make Self-Care a Caregiving Priority

13. January 2017 Self Care 0
Make Self-Care a Caregiving Priority
Put Yourself at the Top of your Caregiving To Do List   I know, I know. Your caregiver to do list is already really long and there is no time to care for yourself. You already care for the needs of your caree and your own family. How can you possibly fit self-care into your ...

Organization Strategies for Caregivers

Organization Strategies for Caregivers
    Tips To Organize Caregiving Tasks and Documents   If one of your caregiving goals is to get organized, I’m here to help. Becoming a caregiver is overwhelming, and in most cases, you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. You see a need with your aging parent – or they get injured ...

Steps to Help Aging Parents Accept Help

How to Gently Take On the Caregiver Role with Aging Parents       If you have begun to notice changes to your aging parent’s well-being, it can be hard to know how to respond. Do you ignore the forgotten bill payments? Do you pretend you don’t notice the new bruises from a recent fall? ...

Small Ways to Care for the Caregiver

21. November 2016 Self Care 0
How to Practice Health Self-Care With Minimal Effort       Caring for others can be detrimental to your health. As you manage the needs of others, caregivers tend to drop the ball on their own needs. There are only 24 hours in the day and at least 8 of those hours are spent sleeping. ...

Caring For A Toxic Relative

10 Ways To Maintain Your Sanity When Caring For A Difficult Family Member       Being a caregiver is hard. There are a lot of demands on your time and energy. However, usually, it is rewarding. You are caring for a loved one who once cared for you. Even on the dark days, you ...

Giving Thanks to Caregivers

16. November 2016 Self Care 0
Caregivers Need to Hear Thank You       I know you didn’t jump into caregiving for the accolades. You see your aging parents need help and rolled up your sleeves and just do what needs to be done. That’s the type of person you are. You jump in without giving thought to the emotional ...