ElderCarelink Blog

Is it time to take away your elder’s car keys?

by Carol Bursack
November 15th, 2011 at 10:14 am

One of the toughest battles many caregivers face is convincing their elders to quit driving when it’s no longer safe for them to do so. Even after family members realize their elders should no longer be behind the wheel, they often are at a loss as to how to approach their elder about driving cessation. Adult children and spouses of those with dementia know their loved one depends on driving as evidence–both symbolic and practical–of independence. Who wants to take that privilege away from anyone?

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Simulated Alzheimer’s symptoms: The Virtual Dementia Tour

by Judy Kirkwood
November 14th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

What is it really like to have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? My friend, award-winning writer Mickey Goodman, a caregiver for her father before he passed away, recently found out by volunteering for a study for professionals and family caregivers of patients with dementia.

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Medicare open enrollment: review your elder’s plan today

by Carol Bursack
November 11th, 2011 at 11:49 am

In March, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Designed to improve the health care system, the Affordable Care Act is designed to increase access to health coverage and provide new protections for individuals who currently have health insurance. Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare open enrollment period this year is taking place between October 15 and December 7.

With the enrollment window quickly closing, now is the time to review your loved one’s current plan to see if any changes or updates are required.

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Dealing with elders and chronic pain management

by Dorian Martin
November 10th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

My Dad recently panicked because he misplaced the prescription that eases his chronic pain. He has spinal stenosis, arthritis and degenerative spinal discs, which make it difficult for him to stand, walk or bend to pick anything off the floor. Therefore, this drug is a very important part of his medical arsenal.

So what is chronic pain? Unlike acute pain (which is resolved when the cause is treated and healing occurs), chronic pain usually lasts more than three months and is believed to cause changes in the nervous system that become progressively worse over time. Read more »

What to do when caregiving ends?

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
November 9th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Caregiving is at once a challenging and rewarding experience. But, what do you do when it comes to an end? Whether because of death or moving your loved one to long-term care, no longer having the responsibility of caring for your elder can lead to heavy feelings of loss. While each caregiver copes as best as he or she can, there’s no secret formula for success when caregiving comes to an end.

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