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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


Alzheimer’s and dementia: The wandering problem

Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia will wander away from their care settings, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Disorientation begins in the early stages of dementia, causing people to get lost. They may not remember their name or address, and can easily become disoriented in their own neighborhood. As the... more


Safety checklist: How to dementia-proof every room in your home

Anyone who’s cared for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia knows the worry you can have for their safety. Wandering, forgetfulness, difficulty with depth perception and coordination, and balance issues can not only lead to falls and other serious injuries for a person with dementia, they can also put a household... more


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What do you do if your nanny falls asleep on the job?

I work from home once a week and today I heard my 4 month old crying loudly for a while (5-10 minutes). When I checked to see if everything was okay, the nanny had dozed off on the couch and didn't wake up to her cries. She apologized and... more


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Should I fly with my mother out to my sister’s house?

I was planning on letting my other fly alone. I am worried I should travel with her to make sure she is safe. 


7 Winter Safety Tips for Seniors

Help older people prepare for power outages and more unique challenges of wintertime weather. During the winter months, ice, snow and cold temperatures can make life challenging for anyone. Slippery sidewalks and cold weather can cause a wide range of injuries and illnesses -- especially for seniors. Finding elderly care to assist your senior... more


The 6 Activities of Daily Living: How Are They Defined and Assessed?

Deciding when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one can be tough for many families. Independence is a hard thing to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. The six activities of daily living (ADLs) and the eight instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can... more


A caregiver’s guide to dealing with dementia

If you’re dealing with dementia because your parent, spouse, sibling or care recipient has been diagnosed, it’s important to realize that many things will change over time, including the way that your loved one behaves, the way that the two of you interact and the way that she handles daily activities like eating and grooming. You’ll... more