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Pet care for elderly

My 80 year old Mom is a widow of 4 years and an animal lover. She says she is too unstable health wise to have a pet.  She worries if she passes, who will take care of the dog? I would REALLY love for her to have her own... more


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How do you Check in on your aging family and friends?

I have a single parent, living alone, who I could easily go a week without checking in on. To take care of my anxiety around whether or not she's okay, and avoid calling every single day to check in, I'm setting up a service that will send her a text... more


Palliative treatment and care: What you can expect

Palliative care aims to address any and all symptoms and side effects people face when dealing with a serious illness. That means plans for palliative treatment, by definition, must be tailored and specific to each individual.  Palliative care delivery can also look different depending on where you live and where... more


40 inspirational quotes for caregivers

If you know the selfless, rewarding life of caring for another person, then you also know how heavy things can get — and that's true no matter whether you're a family member caring for a loved one, or a professional caregiver working with a patient. Sometimes, just a... more


5 proven ways to prevent falls in older adults

Tripping over a tree branch. Slipping on an area rug. Stumbling on a loose step. When you’re younger, it’s easier to recover your balance before a full-on fall. But as we age, both our sense of balance diminishes and our reflexes slow, making all of those trips, slips and stumbles potentially... more


Caring for an aging parent? Try these 8 tips to smooth the transition from child to caregiver

It may seem strange to become a caregiver to the person who once changed your own diapers. But caring for aging parents is simply part of the life cycle for many of us. While the role reversal can be emotionally challenging for both sides, it’s sometimes the only way to... more


What is an aging life care manager — and should you hire one?

Whether you’re an older adult or a concerned family caregiver, the world of aging can feel like a challenge to navigate. What are the best housing options available? How can you create a health care proxy? Can you use life insurance to pay for long-term care? An aging life care manager — sometimes referred to... more


5 common issues with in-home caregivers and how to tactfully address them

A great in-home caregiver is worth her weight in gold. She can help a senior with cognitive or physical challenges age in place in the home he or she loves, rather than moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility. She provides companionship for her client and peace of... more