ElderCarelink Blog

Share Your Caregiving Story with Others

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 28th, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Caregivers will often find this time of the year filled with festivities, shopping, cooking, cleaning, gift wrapping, and maybe even travel. With all the responsibilities that come with being a caregiver, taking care of yourself during those times may not be at the top of your list. Eldercarelink.com is hoping that you will take a moment to enter the Share Why You Care contest.

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Caregivers May Wonder about Quality of Life for Elders

by Carol Bursack
December 28th, 2010 at 3:11 am

As a person who was the primary caregiver for multiple elders, many of whom lived for years with debilitating medical problems, I join the ranks of those who have wondered about the price we pay for being “saved” from diseases, only to live for years in a much diminished state. Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. I loved my elders, and wouldn’t willingly have given up a moment that I spent with them.

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Your Elder May be Bored or Needing a Little Exercise

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 27th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

In eldercare, boredom is not unheard of. When an elder becomes bored, some caregivers or others may be unclear on what the elder is experiencing. What a reasonable observer may perceive is erratic elder behaviors. In fact, a bored elder simply may be seeking something engaging, or, trying to express something verbally that he or she is unable to convey in a manner that others would readily understand.

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Work-Life Balance in Caregiving: ‘*Suave’

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
December 27th, 2010 at 11:56 am

It’s easier said than done, work-life balance, whether one is a caregiver, or not. No one said it would be within easy reach. Neither is achieving greater work-life balance an impossible dream. Life balance requires careful thought and planning by caregivers if it is to happen.

Doodle on a blank piece of paper. Allow your thoughts to drift – to someplace that makes you smile. Where you choose to doodle doesn’t matter. What matters is nurturing your heart’s dream and desire to achieve greater harmony in your life and days of care.

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Taking Care of Each Other After the Holiday Celebrations

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
December 27th, 2010 at 3:12 am

If your holiday celebrations extend into another few days, either traveling or being with friends and family, take some time to recharge your batteries. Visiting or traveling with a person with dementia often means that plans need to be reassessed and perhaps modified. At times you may feel like it is hard to have a moment without responsibilities. The person with dementia may be hoping that things would return to normal.

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