Seniors: Doctor Appointment “Dress Rehearsal”

Seniors: Doctor Appointment “Dress Rehearsal”

Seniors generally take one of two approaches to doctor’s appointments.  They either talk too much or say too little.  If you are a caregiver for a senior, you can greatly help with the usefulness of the appointment if you act as a coach. For those who like to share...
TIA (Mini-Strokes): Bad News, but Maybe a Blessing

TIA (Mini-Strokes): Bad News, but Maybe a Blessing

Let’s not bury the lead.  No stroke is good.  TIA’s however, when discovered and treated quickly, can help prevent a major stroke.  In fact, doctors estimate that up to 15 percent of people will have a major stroke within three months of experiencing a mini-stroke....
The Living Will

The Living Will

The living will is one form of Advance Directive that speaks for you when you cannot.  They are generally written, although oral directives, properly witnessed, are legal, too.  They are important should you or a loved-one become incapable of conveying your wishes due...
Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

Respite Care Can be a Lifesaver – Yours

There are hundreds of thousands of loving family members whose primary responsibility every day is to take care of those who need them to survive.  They are most often elderly parents, but sometimes more extended branches of the family tree.  Knowing that meeting the...
What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...