Category: Care of the Caregiver

Caregiverʼs Guide to Medications and Aging

Caregiverʼs Guide to Medications and Aging

Medications: A Double-Edged Sword “Any symptom in an elderly patient should be considered a drug side effect until proved otherwise.” Brown University Long-term Care Quality Letter, 1995 Modern medicines have contributed to longer life spans, improved health, and vastly improved our overall quality of life. Medications are the most common treatment for many diseases andmore>>

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Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury

Coping with Behavior Problems after Head Injury

Identifying Behavior Problems Head injury survivors may experience a range of neuro­psychological problems following a traumatic brain injury. Depending on the part of the brain affected and the severity of the injury, the result on any one individual can vary greatly. Personality changes, memory and judgement deficits, lack of impulse control, and poor concentration aremore>>

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10 Tips for Family Caregivers

10 Tips for Family Caregivers

  TIPS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS  Seek support from other caregivers. You are not alone! Take care of your own health so that you can be strong enough to take care of your loved one. Accept offers of help and suggest specific things people can do to help you. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. Caregivingmore>>

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Calories Count

Calories Count

Dear Barbara, You say “Always always offer food”. Can you write about “when food feeds the disease rather than the healthy body”? I am aware of cases where the patient’s cancer is robbed the body of nutrients. The answer to this question is yes. The food will feed the disease, and it will rob themore>>

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One Last Visit to See My Patient

One Last Visit to See My Patient

By Danielle Ofri The rain was coming down in torrents and my shoes were not up to the job. Nevertheless, I pressed forward along the soggy blocks. My 91-year-old patient and I had been together for some 20 years — honestly I’d lost count — so this was the least I could do. Fibrotic lungsmore>>

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The Balancing Act of Caring for the Dying

The Balancing Act of Caring for the Dying

by Barbara Karnes, R.N. Dear Barbara, I work at a hospital as an X-ray tech. I take routine chest X-rays in the ICU every morning. Many elderly patients would be better dead.  All I do is to add unnecessary pain every day. It’s hard to take care of extremely ill people, to see how theirmore>>

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Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Caregivers

Emergency Preparedness Checklist for Caregivers

Floods, earthquakes, tornados, snowstorms . . . wherever you live, there likely exists the potential for a variety of natural disasters that can create an emergency situation. When you’re caring for a loved one, it’s times like these that you’ll be thankful for having prepared for such a situation.   QUESTION Yes No Comments Domore>>

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Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers

First, Care for Yourself On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends in front of you. What do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Caring for yourself is onemore>>

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Parkinson’s Disease and Caregiving

Parkinson’s Disease and Caregiving

What Is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive, neurological disease that mainly affects movement but can also affect cognition. Parkinson’s disease results from the destruction of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the basal ganglia. Different parts of the brain work together by sending signals to each other to coordinatemore>>

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When Is Denial Good for a Caregiver?

When Is Denial Good for a Caregiver?

Challenges that are difficult and personal may take time to accept fully By Barry J. Jacobs A better strategy is to gently pose “what if” questions that make the caregiver gradually begin to consider all the coming challenges, rather than denial. After my grandfather Sam had a major stroke at the age of 80, hismore>>

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