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How to Manage Multiple Health Problems

Published: 10/22/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

Harriet is beginning to worry about her husband, Stanley, who now struggles with arthritis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in addition to the diabetes and heart disease he has lived with for years. Both in their 80s, Harriet feels overwhelmed by the number of medications Stanley is taking (upwards of 12 now).

How to Make Life Meaningful for Aging Parents

Published: 05/03/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Pick up her meds. Get him to the doctor. Make sure she has fresh milk and eggs in the fridge and bread in the pantry. As caregivers, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day stuff and forget about life in between the caregiving.

How to Choose Quality Caregivers for Your Loved One

Published: 03/25/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

If you’re a parent, you’ve gone through this before, choosing babysitters, day care centers, or where to send the kids for summer camp. There was a level of trust required on your part, but if you did enough research, asked questions, and checked references, you were able to make a more informed decision. Your reward for doing this due diligence was peace of mind about with whom and where your children spent unsupervised time away from you.

Hospital Professionals and Their Roles: A Glossary

Published: 09/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

If you’ve ever taken your loved one to the hospital, these visits are difficult enough without having to keep track of the myriad professionals interacting with you and your family member. To make things a little easier, here’s a glossary explaining the different titles and roles of those working in a hospital setting:

Helping Family Members Understand Your Role as a Caregiver

Published: 10/22/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

Ken was at his wit’s end. An only child, he has been the sole caregiver for his mother for the past three years while still holding down a full-time job and fulfilling his roles as a husband and father. At a recent family gathering, his aunt and cousin remarked that they didn’t understand why caregiving was so difficult for Ken. Since he was juggling so many hats successfully, they hinted that he must not really be doing that much for his mother.