The first in a series for dementia family caregivers. Amy Matthews is someone I deeply respect. She is the person I collaborate with on dementia articles for the website. She is the person … [More...]
Wait, what? Now that caregiving has ended, I can plan ahead for a vacation in 2024?
I still can’t wrap my head around being able to take a vacation. I have friends in California who cruise to the most amazing places. I am … [More...]
The Feeling of Waiting for The Other Shoe to Drop Does Not End When Caregiving Ends.
Fight, Flight or Freeze (Acute Stress Response) are all psychological trauma responses that caregivers know well. You hear caregivers … [More...]
Incontinence: One of the last taboo subjects.
The medical implications of incontinence are the worst part of this condition. When I sneeze, I sneeze at least eight times in a row. I can remember my Aunt Mary Ellen saying to me, “Oh good, you sneeze just like … [More...]
Why is Occupational and Physical Therapy in Assisted Living Communities a Standard Practice?
One of the things I did not expect when Mom moved into her AL community was that she would start physical therapy and occupational therapy almost immediately. At first, I thought it was ‘event based’ and the change … [More...]
Part 2: Music Has Superpowers That Can Help Caregivers.
In last week’s post, I introduced you to Tara Jenkins, co-author of the book, Music, Memory, and Meaning and how music can help in caregiving tasks. This week Tara gives us more tips on how to use her book in … [More...]