Category: Care of the Caregiver

When a Parent Dies: Grief and Grieving Quotes by Jane Vock We don’t really know what grief and grieving feels like until we, well, feel it. I thought I knew and then my Dad died.  And once we experience a significant loss like that of a parent, we never forget what it felt like.  more>>

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Coma and Persistent Vegetative State: An Exploration of Terms By Cheryl Arenella MD, MPH Many of us have heard through the media about the trials of Terri Schiavo and her family.  Terri Schiavo was an unfortunate young woman who suffered a cardiac arrest many years ago with subsequent brain damage from lack of oxygen.  She hadmore>>

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Put Procrastination in its Place by Lisa Hutchison Caregivers often place themselves at the bottom of a long to do list. Once I take care of A, B and C, I will get to my own life. The problem is that never happens for one reason or another. Life’s unexpected twists and turns seem to fillmore>>

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Coping with the Emotional Aspects of Parkinson’s Disease by Helen Hunter, ACSW, LSW It is important to examine the various emotions that a person living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) can undergo in living daily with the condition. The emotional factors that affect your loved one can be both internal and external. Some changes that occurmore>>

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When a Loved One is Terminally Ill Talking About Death and Making End-of-Life Decisions    When a loved one develops a serious illness, it’s normal to go through an emotional experience akin to grieving. If the illness is terminal, it’s important to talk about death and plan for the end of life. These conversations canmore>>

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Sundowning Behavior  by Elizz Authors Sundowning is a term used to describe the confusion, restlessness or agitation some people with dementia may experience late in the day (afternoon or early evening) or “as the sun goes down”. Persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia experience a decline in their abilities to function and cope.  These symptoms canmore>>

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The Art of Multi-tasking and Still Remaining Focused by Maggie Almeida Caregiving itself is an art. Many today are part of the Sandwich Generation who find themselves caring for both young children and teenagers as well as aging parents. Caregivers need to be professional “multi-taskers” to address everyone’s needs and not neglect their own. Somore>>

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What to Say to Someone Who Lost a Parent by Elizz Authors A loved one passing away is one of the most difficult things in life. Whether it’s the passing of a close friend or relative, it will be one of the hardest and most emotional times one can ever experience. Losing a parent ismore>>

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Dual Stigma: HIV Positive and Over 50 Half of Americans with HIV are 50+, but care and prevention skew younger By Grace Birnstengel  HIV/AIDS used to be considered a disease of the young. In the early 1980s, when doctors first reported cases of HIV, nearly 70% of diagnoses were among people under 40. Fast forwardmore>>

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How to Get Through the Fog of Grief: The inability to think clearly for some time is common with significant loss By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell When my 57-year-old husband, Dale, suddenly died of a massive heart attack on Nov. 20, 2018, two days before Thanksgiving, to say I was in shock was an understatement. More thanmore>>

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