ElderCarelink Blog

Family Grocery Trips…How Gramma Shows Her Love

by Devlyn Brooks
July 22nd, 2010 at 10:28 am

A new tradition in our household is the family trip to the grocery store: When my mother moved in with me, my two sons and my nephew, she wanted to contribute to the household the best way she knew how–through food. My mother is of that generation of women who believe that to love someone is to feed them, to stuff them–to ensure they never have another hunger pang again.

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Creating A Family Medical History

by Sue Lanza
July 22nd, 2010 at 2:11 am

Just had my annual physical a while ago (don’t put it off–just do it!) and my doctor always reviews my family medical history with me. Scariest thing on this recent visit was that two of my grandparents had died at an age that seemed so far way but now I am very close to their age. Yikes!

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When Hearing or Vision is a Problem

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
July 21st, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Hopefully, when older adults have a hearing, vision, memory problem, speech difficulty or some confusion, there is someone who can be an advocate for them. If they have trouble hearing or processing what is said or cannot see well enough to read printed information, any appointment can be a challenge and there are specific strategies which can be helpful.

Hearing Issues

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Caregiving’s Watching and Waiting Room

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 21st, 2010 at 8:37 am

Sometimes being a caregiver requires nerves of steel. I only know because I do not have nerves of steel in a couple of care circumstances. These are my Achilles tendon care moments. Some caregiving situations feel a little like holding one’s breath underwater, barely treading water and looking like a deer-in-headlights.

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Elders and Heat: Sometimes a Deadly Combination

by Carol Bursack
July 20th, 2010 at 2:11 am

The heat is on. July and August, for many of us, puts the temperatures up in an uncomfortable range. These stifling temps remind me of my mother-in-law. She had a wall air conditioner in her condominium, but she would not use it. Even though the noon hour was my usual time to see her, during hot weather I’d run over in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well. I’d turn on her AC, as she’d sit with her windows closed, draperies closed and virtually no air.

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