What is it about September? The summer was hectic, as things always are, but when the school season starts, you’re running in a million different directions. You’re up at the crack of dawn preparing breakfast, getting the kids ready for school, driving them to soccer matches, and trying to balance your own work responsibilities. In […]

Aromatherapy? Reiki? Therapeutic Touch? You’ve probably heard all of these words in relation to a day spa. But these words are now becoming synonymous with end-of-life care as well. Manon Floquet, a practitioner of several alternative therapies, now applies these approaches to her work in hospice care. After having been a member of the long-term […]

Every 72 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. This is the latest fact and figure from the Alzheimer’s Association. Cognitive impairment knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter what socioeconomic background you come from, what neighborhood you live in, or what your cultural, ethnic, or religious background is – the disease is devastating. Alzheimer’s disease […]

There’s a common misconception out there that older adults would not benefit from any type of strength training. You, as the caregiver, should know that this is absolutely false! Again, one of my main goals in writing this column is to empower and educate you, so you know where to turn in order to obtain […]

You find yourself in the hospital trying to get a handle on your elderly loved one’s current condition. They may have fallen or just suffered a stroke. Now, the hospital social worker is telling you that your loved one needs to be discharged to a local nursing facility for short-term rehab. What does this mean? […]

We’ve all heard the saying, “No rest for the weary.” But as caregivers, we deserve some time off from our caregiving responsibilities to take care of ourselves. Joanne Solometo, a local caregiver, reminded me how hard it is to pull away. She was the primary caregiver for her 96 year-old aunt, in addition to working […]

Some dates in history are easily recognized — take July 4, 1776, for example — and their anniversaries are rightly celebrated centuries later. Other dates, however, receive little fanfare. September 3, 2007 will be the 25th anniversary of the Medicare Hospice Benefit being signed into law. During a previous column, I talked about the benefits […]

You promised your loved one that you would never place them in a nursing home. But, you find that you can no longer manage their care within their own home or your home. You’re trying your best to balance all of your responsibilities, but you can feel the emotional, psychological, and physical strains on your […]

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a garden, with the sun shining down on your face, the wind blowing in the background, and the scent of flowers tickling your nose? You feel a sense of serenity and peace, don’t you? How do you feel after you’ve planted your perennials in your front […]

We all know that paying for care can be expensive, whether it be home health care, adult medical day care, assisted living, or nursing home care. And with limited community based benefits, where can you turn to ensure that you have the funds to pay for it? The Veterans Aid and Attendance program is a […]

It pains you to see it, but you’ve been noticing it more and more. It’s harder for your loved ones to see. They’re struggling with reading the newspaper, or navigating through a room without bumping into things. According to Dr. John Szczepanski, a local optometrist, the following five eye conditions are associated with the aging […]

We know that there are many losses associated with the aging process, with hearing loss being one of them. What are some telltale signs of hearing loss? How can we make sure that we’re not overlooking our loved one’s care in this area? And what we can do to support our loved one’s, if they […]