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Changing Places: Should Your Parents Move in with You?

Lisa's mother, Ruth, has been living alone since her father died five years ago. Ruth has been active at church and eats lunch at the local senior center a couple of times a week. Lisa does the food shopping, takes Ruth to doctors' appointments and has her over to her house for dinner, usually once a week.

Caregiver Depression: A Silent Health Crisis

One of today’s all-too silent health crises is caregiver depression. A conservative estimate reports that 20% of family caregivers suffer from depression, twice the rate of the general population. Of clients of California’s Caregiver Resource Centers, nearly 60% show clinical signs of depression. And former caregivers may not escape the tentacles of this condition after caregiving ends. A recent study found that 41% of former caregivers of a spouse with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia experienced mild to severe depression up to three years after their spouse had died.

Sexuality and Dementia

Coping with Changes in Your Intimate Relationship 

How has your relationship with your partner changed as a result of disease? Physicians seem reluctant to address this question with caregivers dealing with a long-term chronic illness.

"No one asked me about my marriage or sexuality. Yet it plays a large part in our well being. No one asked me, 'what's the quality of your life?' … I'm a sexual individual. I'm 76 years old and I'm still alive," said Jerry, who cared for his wife with dementia.

Disputing Early Discharges from the Hospital

A stay in the hospital for a loved one is often a cause for concern - and even more so if your relative is to be discharged when he or she still seems ill or weak. Medicare beneficiaries can be reassured that they have the right to dispute a perceived early dis-charge from a hospital or acute care setting. A Medicare beneficiary, whether through direct Medicare or an HMO, is guaranteed the right to file an immediate appeal if the family feels the patient is not yet ready to return home or be moved to a lower level of care.

Una Visita al médico

Alguna vez le ha ocurrido que salió de la oficina del médico sin respuestas a sus preguntas, o con el sentimiento de que el médico no le escuchó? Hoy en día los médicos tienen muchos pacientes y poco tiempo, y si el paciente no demanda que su médico se tome el tiempo necesario para responder a todas sus preguntas, muchas veces no lo hará. Idealmente una visita al médico debería involucrar comunicación entre el paciente y el médico, y un reparto de información educativa sobre la salud.

Unas Habilidades Practicas para Asistir a los Cuidadores Familiares

Si usted es un cuidador familiar, ya sabrá que casi no hay horas en el día para cuidar de sí mismo, y mucho menos para dedicar el tiempo necesario a las necesidades personales de su ser querido. El asistir a otra otra persona a vestirse, bañarse, sentarse, o ponerse de pie cuando esa persona está agitada, de mal humor o combativa - lo cual es frecuentemente el caso en personas que tienen la enfermedad de Alzheimer u otro tipo de demencia - requiere estrategias especiales. Las siguientes cinco técnicas pueden facilitar el cuidado físico de un familiar.

Caregiving During a National Emergency

At times of emergency, such as the events of September 11 or Hurricane Katrina, there are so many things to process, one has trouble prioritizing and putting things in perspective. If you are caring for a loved one with dementia, you probably found your attention distracted and your emotions conflicted. Sometimes it was hard to concentrate on the daily things in life, sometimes it was reassuring to do mundane tasks. Often people feel out of control and insecure at times of crisis. Perhaps the suggestions below will help when times are unsettled —for any reason.

Consejos para la seguridad (Safety Tips)

A fin de reducir el riesgo de accidentes y mantener el hogar seguro para tu ser querido, es importante seguir una serie de consejos.

Preste atención a posibles peligros como:

Siblings and Caregiving

Old wounds and rivalries can come into play, making compromise about care decisions challenging

The doctor has informed you that your mother can no longer live independently. You feel that assisted living would be the best solution but your sister strongly disagrees. It seemed that at one time you were able to communicate with her, but not any longer . . . .

Resources for Discount Medications

Caregivers everywhere are familiar with the high-wire act involved in paying for medications for a loved one in their care. Already working within tight budgets, families find it difficult to absorb recent increases in prescription costs. Carol Thomson, for example, pays $700-800 a month for her mother’s medications, and even though a small grant helped cover the cost over the past year, the grant is about to run out. So far, she has made 30 or 40 phone calls in an attempt to find discounted medications. Fortunately, a few generous physicians have helped her with free samples.

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