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Medications: A double-edged sword

“Any symptom in an elderly patient should be considered a drug side effect until proved otherwise.”
Brown University
Long-term Care Quality Letter, 1995.

Communicating with Your Doctor

When was the last time you left a doctor visit feeling satisfied that your concerns were heard and responded to? Successful communication with your doctor demands effective two-way communication. Here are a few tips to consider:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a Toll-free National Caregiver Support Line

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launched a Toll-free National Caregiver Support Line

"Caregiver Support"

Practical Skills Training for Family Caregivers

An overview of the day-to-day, hands-on strategies and skills caregivers need to maintain a frail older or chronically ill individual at home.

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Be Wise...Immunize!

 

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Grief and Loss Along the Way

Someone once said that aging is a narcissistic wound, meaning that the changes and losses that come with aging—our own or someone’s we love—affect us deeply in ways that are sometimes hard to deal with. This doesn’t mean that there are not positive parts to aging, but when we experience these losses, we sometimes need to stop and reflect on them. Many losses are subtle or ambiguous.

Choosing Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology—also called assistive devices, independent living aids, and adaptive equipment—can help your loved one live more independently. It may also make your job as a caregiver easier and more enjoyable.

Seeking That Elusive Good Night Sleep

Americans are more sleep-deprived than people in other countries. According to the National Sleep Foundation, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety. The Foundation advises: “When we don’t get adequate sleep, we accumulate a sleep debt that can be difficult to “pay back” if it becomes too big. The resulting sleep deprivation has been linked to health problems such as obesity and high blood pressure, negative mood and behavior, decreased productivity, and safety issues in the home, on the job, and on the road.”

A Caregiver’s Pledge

  1. I will understand that I can’t care for anyone else if I don’t also care for myself. I will keep an image in my mind of putting the oxygen mask on myself first.
     
  2. I will remember that the only person I can change is myself. I cannot change my loved one who is ill, nor my family members.
     
  3. I will find opportunities to laugh, daily. These might come in movies, jokes, television, or with friends who can see the humor in my situation and remind me to do the same.
     

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