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Woman embarrassed by what her mother is saying.
Living With

How to Deal With Embarrassment When Your Loved One Has Dementia

You think kids say the darndest things? Consider the loose words of a loved one with dementia. How to cope? Here’s some wise guidance.

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Prevention

What Are Bedsores and How Can They Be Prevented?

Bedsores can be much more serious than they seem — in fact, complications from bedsores can lead to death. Learn from a board certified nurse on what causes these sores and how to prevent them.

Seniors playing cards at a nursing home.
Relationships

Should You Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home? 9 Things to Consider

It's one of the hardest caregiving decisions: Do I move my loved one into a nursing home? A veteran family caregiver offers nine things to consider.

Male caregiver.
Relationships

What It’s Like to Grow Up As A Caregiver

When a parent falls ill in your youth, you tend to adapt to the caregiver role much earlier in life — but that doesn’t make the road of caregiving ahead any easier. Dr. Barry Jacobs talks about his experience as caregiver from teens to today.

Burnt out caregiver.
Self Care

Caregiver Burnout Is Real, And Brutal

Many Americans are caring for several people at a time — sometimes both of their aging and ailing parents, children, and even spouses with chronic conditions. How do you do it all without completely burning out?

Adult daughter and elderly mother smiling looking at photos.
Relationships

The Moment You Become a Caregiver

When did you go from being a daughter or son, and suddenly you find yourself being a caregiver? It can be a daunting realization, but these four tips will guide you on where to start, and how to come to terms with this new role.

Woman caring for husband in wheelchair and grandchildren.
Self Care

So Many People to Care For, But Only One Caregiver

Inevitably, more than one person in your life is going to need caring at the same time. Whether it’s your dad, and your mother-in-law, and maybe even your husband — let’s face it, it’s hard to juggle them all. Here are some tips.

Older woman painting on canvas by stream.
Lifestyle

Summer Excursions for Elders and Their Caregivers

Summer is a time when it’s generally easier for elders to be out and about than when snow and ice are an issue. Even if our loved ones have dementia, severe arthritis, or lung issues, there are things we can do with them that brings them joy.

Group of seniors playing dominoes.
Lifestyle

Hear It From An Insider: How to Choose a Nursing Home

Who better to tell you how to choose a nursing home than someone who works in a nursing home? This licensed nursing home administrator provides her tips on what you want to nursing home to have, or what’s a clear red flag.

Caregiver and ward.
Caregiving

Attention, Caregivers: 10 Things Not to Say to a Person With Dementia

Caregiving for dementia is full of delicate situations. Knowing how to word your responses to hard questions can improve your relationships. Start with this list.