Category Archives: Caregiving

Self Care for Caregivers: Maintenance v. Passion

I recently surveyed working daughters about what causes them stress and where they would like more support as a caregiver. The number one answer to the question, “With what would you like more help?” was “taking care of myself while caregiving.”   Self Care for Caregivers Self care for caregivers isn’t something we can address […]

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How Do We Talk To Our Elderly Parents About Race?

President Obama, speaking about the spate of recent violence our country has experienced, said, “What I hope is that my voice has tried to get all of us as Americans to understand the difficult legacy of race. If my voice has been true, and positive, then my hope would be that it may not fix […]

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Self Care for Caregivers: Selfless Not Selfish

Working daughters often tell me they feel selfish when they take time to take care of themselves. Their elderly parent needs so much, how can they possibly put their own needs first? After all, they are not the ones who are failing, or sick, or struggling. Actually, many of them are. It’s just that the […]

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Caring for An Elderly Parent: 6 Lessons From the ER

I took my Dad to the emergency room yesterday. You would think I would know better. I made some rookie mistakes but at least it was a good reminder about what we need to prepare for when caring for an elderly parent.   My 90-year old father fell in his apartment Friday night. I happened […]

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Which Father?

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and I plan to take my father for a walk and lunch at one of his favorite places, a place his father took him, and that he took me, and my sisters, so many times. The place is abundant with memories – those of the men who built a fort there in the […]

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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

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 you with appropriate facilities in your community. Often, they do not charge for the […]

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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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