Category Archives: Caregiving

6 Perfect Father’s Day Gifts for Elderly Dads

Are you still looking for a Father’s Day gift for your elderly dad? Older parents can be very difficult to buy for – as their lives becomes more limited, so do their material needs. Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas for you. Reader’s Digest Large Print Edition: Give your father a subscription to this popular […]

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Dad Turns 90; Elderly Birthday Party Ideas

When my father turned 75, we threw him a party. My father is not the party type; he isn’t really into attending them or being the focus of them. But 75 seemed like such a milestone, we planned it as a surprise. When he was approaching 80 he told me, “I don’t want a party.” “Don’t […]

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6 Tips for Vacationing With Elderly Parents (and Young Kids)

Vacationing with elderly parents has its challenges and when you are traveling with elderly parents and young children, it can be even more daunting. The first time I took my 88-year old father on vacation with my kids, I felt torn between competing needs. My kids wanted me to take them to beach, but how […]

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Free Download: Checklist for Choosing a Senior Living Referral Agency

Check out our free download: Checklist for Choosing a Senior Living Referral Agency. If you or your parent decide it’s time for your parent to move into a senior living facility, or if through illness or crisis the decision is made for you, consider working with a senior living referral agency. These agencies will match […]

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How To Take a Vacation When You Are a Caregiver

How do you take a vacation when caregiving never stops? You may get two, three, or more weeks of paid time off from your “day job,” but unpaid, family caregiving is a 24 hour a day, 365 days a year job. To answer that question, let’s start by defining vacation. When you think of a vacation, do you think of […]

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6 Father’s Day Activities To Do With Elderly Dads

Are you looking for Father’s Day activities to do with your elderly dad? You know he’s eager to get out of the house or his assisted living center, but outings can be daunting with an aging parent. No worries. We’ve got 6 ideas for Father’s Day Activities plus some tips on how to prepare for your outing. […]

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What I Need You To Know About Caregiver Stress

(Note: Some links in this post contain affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission if you make a purchase.) I have discovered the root of all caregiver guilt! Read on to learn why we feel it and why we shouldn’t… I’ve written about caregiver guilt several times, because the struggle is real. Not […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Managing Caregiver Guilt

As working daughters, managing caregiver guilt is critical. Unfortunately, guilt is a common, perhaps inevitable, feeling among family caregivers.  We feel guilty that we aren’t doing enough for our family members. We feel guilty when we make time for ourselves and we feel guilty when we do not. We even feel guilty about our feelings. […]

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Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Senior Care? How do we make caregiving one of the top issues for the 2016 election?

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Senior Care?

Last week I was invited to WNYC to speak on a panel about  about the women’s issues that are at stake in the presidential election and what the presidential candidates aren’t talking about, like caregiving.  The panel was hosted by Daily Beast columnist Keli Goff and included Vanessa De Luca, editor-in-chief at Essence, Emily Shire, politics editor of Bustle.com, Penny Nance, president at […]

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Millennial Caregivers, What You Didn’t Know

The below is a guest post from Feylyn Lewis. While the average family caregiver is a women in her late 40s, millennial caregivers are a growing in numbers. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Millennials have officially surpassed the Baby Boomer population and are today’s largest living generation. And nearly 11 million of these Millennials […]

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The Best Caregiving Advice I Ever Received

Caregiving advice: usually well-intentioned, seldom useful, but occasionally spot on. When I was in the thick of a caregiving crisis – both of my parents were very sick and transitioning out of their home at the same time – I wished I could hand out cards to friends and family that said, “Hugs and support […]

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6 Things Successful Caregivers Do Differently

You know those caregivers who keep it all together? Despite the responsibilities and challenges of caregiving, they still have time to pursue their own interests and they make time for friends, fun, and even fitness. How do they do it? In talking to working daughters all across the country, I’ve observed that successful, happy caregivers do […]

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