The following presentation, Elderly Mental Health, is to help caregivers understand the many changes and challenges an elderly person may be experiencing. Sometimes the changes are so subtle that caregivers do not recognize them – either in themselves or in the person for whom they ar
The following is part of a presentation, Elderly Mental Health, designed to help caregivers understand the many changes and challenges an elderly person may be experiencing. Sometimes the changes are so subtle that caregivers do not recognize them – either in themselves or in the pers
Much has been written about living wills and medical directives, yet there is a huge gap in our knowledge about other things that involve our parents and other elderly relatives — knowledge that is important for us to have. Here are seven questions to ask them now. Read Article
The following presentation, A Checklist for Helping Parents Move, offers ideas and suggestions for helping an elderly person who is moving. This is usually about an older person who is transitioning from an independent lifestyle to one in which more care is needed. Change is difficult
No matter how much love a Caregiver may have for the person for whom s/he is caring, one can become overwhelmed and fatigued with the sense of responsibility. Although a Caregiver may not be able to leave town for a vacation or even leave the residence that is shared with the loved on
The thought of having a conversation with aging parents about matters such as finances, legal issues, and even driving can feel very uncomfortable. However, if they have not initiated the topic, perhaps you need to start the conversation and there are ways to make it more palatable fo
7 Questions We Need to Ask Every Older Person is a wonderful article about curiosity and wisdom – being curious enough to tap into the wisdom of the elderly – the wisdom that only they possess as a result of living. The author points out that there is a difference in the types of ques
In order to receive medical information, you will need to have medical power of attorney. Are you the doctor who is coordinating my loved one’s treatment? What is the diagnosis? What is the prognosis? What can we expect to see? What can we do? What are things for which we should prepa
Below is a list of websites and books that includes information about Medicare (the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older), activities and services for older adults, how to talk to about end-of-life care, and connecting with other caregivers. This is not an
‘Must Have’ Documents Medical Power of Attorney – lists people who can make medical decisions in the event of incapacity or disability HIPAA Authorization – names of people who may have access to medical information and records Directives to Physicians – informs of wishes regarding li
An important note: If you call 911 or Emergency Medical Services (EMS), even after an expected death at home, the law often requires that the emergency medical personnel try to revive the patient or take them to a hospital. This can complicate the situation and delay funeral plans. Be
No matter how much love a Caregiver may have for the person for whom s/he is caring, one can become overwhelmed and fatigued with the sense of responsibility. Below is a list of symptoms that should serve as warning signs for Caregivers to take a break before they break. Although a Ca
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