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Caregiving: Financial Issues & Options

Published: 04/11/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

“The average family caregiver for someone 50 years or older spends $5,531 per year on out of pocket caregiving expenses in 2007 which was more than 10% of the median income for a family caregiver that year.”

Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Challenging Topics

Sometimes unsafe signs can come up gradually, or a recent change in health may hasten problems. Even if the individual warning signs seem minor, together they can add up to a substantial risk. If you are concerned about your own driving or concerned about a friend or loved one, keep an eye out for these warning signs.

Preparing for a Senior Living Move

Published: 05/03/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Challenging Topics

You’ve done the heavy lifting in terms of decision-making and paperwork, but once you’ve chosen the right senior care community for an aging parent or loved one, the real work begins. The physical heavy-lifting -- and even the emotional transition for both the caregiver and the person moving -- is equally difficult.

Warning to Caregivers: Do Not Neglect Your Own Health!

Published: 12/17/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Challenging Topics

Caregivers are notorious for neglecting their own health in order to take care of others. This is noble and selfless, but it also has consequences. And those consequences might actually make things worse for their loved ones in the long run.

Bettering Your Communications with an Aging Parent

Published: 01/12/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Challenging Topics

We at Senior Care Society have a host of valuable information you may find useful when caring for an aging loved one. In the following article we would like to give you some tips that we have found helpful when problems arise in family relations due to the difficult adjustment seniors may experience as they transition from independent adult to a senior who needs assistance in their daily living needs.

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).

Timely Tips to Help Family Caregivers Avoid Burnout

Published: 11/01/2012 by Michael Bloom in Caregiving

It is a selfless choice to serve as a family caregiver. Given the complex needs of their loved ones, it is understandable that caregivers experience high levels of stress and are at risk of burnout.

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 Talk to a Loved One About Driving Concerns

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Challenging Topics

Driver safety can often be a sensitive issue for seniors. A driver’s license signifies more than the ability to drive a car; it is a symbol of freedom and self-sufficiency. Understandably, driving is not a privilege that anyone wants to relinquish willingly. Still, safety must come first.

Care Coordination: Keeping Everyone on the Same Page

Published: 03/15/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Keeping everyone on the same page, especially as the individual’s health status can change dramatically and often in a 24-hour period, requires a tremendous amount of coordination and clear communication.