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These Essential Supplies Make Caregiving a Little Easier

The hardest job becomes easier when the right supplies are on hand. This is especially true with caregiving. Every day is a learning experience. We learn what is essential for the care and the service of the person we are caring for. The following tools and materials can help…

Effective Responses to the Problem of Elder Abuse

For millions of Americans, elder abuse is an unfortunate consequence of aging. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) estimates that one in 10 seniors ages 60 and older have been abused in the U.S. Physical abuse is just one form of mistreatment that some elderly people endure in this…

Taking a Look at the Cognitive Assessment Disconnect

In the time that it takes to read the first few paragraphs of this column, someone in the United States will develop Alzheimer’s disease. One person in the U.S. develops the illness every 65 seconds, according to a 2019 report. The Alzheimer’s Association indicates that…

Caregiving Tasks Fluctuate between Urgent and Necessary

One of the greatest privileges of my life was to care for my mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. However, I was constantly fighting an internal battle. A feeling of inadequacy always bubbled beneath the surface. Many caregivers fight similar battles. This is why I wrote the following, which is…

Self-talk Your Way to a Positive Outlook

Have you heard the saying, “Talking to yourself is OK as long as you don’t expect a response”? Most of us do it, and I believe that self-talk is particularly prevalent among caregivers. I am an audible self-talker, whispering declarations and questions to no one in particular. And I’ll admit…