ElderCarelink Blog

Lack of regular routine: risk to elder’s health?

by Dorian Martin
July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Like many elders, my father’s daily routine has become much looser since he retired. Take several naps a day? Dad would say he earned it. Limiting how often he takes a bath? Dad may say he’s not going anywhere or seeing anyone and adds that he does take a sponge bath. Leaving food out of the refrigerator after making lunch and then deciding to take a nap? He would say he just forgot. Leaving a mess of newspapers, magazines and bills lying around his office space work area and floor? “I’ll get to it soon,” he promises.

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Depressed elders at risk of dementia?

by ECL Staff
May 17th, 2013 at 10:00 am

A growing number of Americans are developing dementia, with this progressive brain disease causing problems such as memory loss and confusion. And older adults struggling with depression are even more likely to battle dementia.

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Preparing for disasters: strategies for caregivers and elders

by Dorian Martin
May 15th, 2013 at 10:00 am

I live about three hours from the U.S. Gulf Coast, which means I occasionally am right in the line of hurricanes. I’ve weathered several, and have been fortunate to avoid any damage. But now with Dad living with me, I’m becoming much more vigilant about preparedness in case of violent weather.

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Winners of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
February 19th, 2013 at 12:00 am

Thanks to all those who participated in our contest by submitting stories or reading and voting for stories. We asked you to tell us about your caregiving experience, both the good and the bad, and we thank you all for your honest and touching submissions. And, now, here are our Share Why You Care Contest winners.

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Week 4 Winner of Share Why You Care Contest

by ECL Staff
February 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am

The Week 4 Winner of our Share Why You Care Contest is Judy. B of of Leesburg, Florida, for her story, “Shower of Blessing.”

Judy writes about being a caregiver for her mother-in-law, who suffers from declining health and Alzheimer’s, with its companions such as anger and profanity. The reference to a shower has a deep meaning; Judy describes having an awakening to her blessings while helping her mother-in-law bathe. While giving her mother-in-law a shower, despite her resistance and cussing, Judy went through many emotions, including anger, stress, resentment and exhaustion — but in the end she felt grateful for being showered with blessings. This experience helps her through the difficult times in caregiving, and she offers her story in the hope that it could help others.

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