Helping your Parent after a Diagnosis of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

A diagnosis of macular degeneration can leave a senior fearful of what lies ahead and their ability to lead an independent life. Depending on the stage of the disease, they may have no vision loss or their central vision may be diminishing at a rapid pace. There are lifestyle changes that may slow down the progression of this disease and ways to make your loved one’s home safer and easier to navigate so that they can live as independently as possible ... Read more

Is There a Way to Keep Family Members Informed and Still Have Peace?

Keeping the peace and keeping other family members informed about your loved one's health don't have to be mutually exclusive goals. With a little practice and planning, you can manage both. Don't Force Anyone to Participate It can be really difficult for some family members to participate in meetings or discussions about your elderly loved one's health. They could be in denial or they could be so emotional about your loved one's condition that they cannot cope. With that in mind, making mandatory ... Read more

What You Should Know About Emotional Overeating Awareness Month

April is Emotional Overeating Awareness Month. As a family caregiver this is an ideal time for you to learn about this common form of emotional expression and how it can impact your elderly loved one during their later years, and you in the course of your care journey. A common response to stress, anxiety, and other mental and emotional health issues, overeating can lead to a variety of serious physical health issues and can negatively impact your ability to care for ... Read more

Why Do You Have a Difficult Time Accepting Down Time as a Caregiver?

When you're a family caregiver, taking time to relax and to refresh yourself is much more important than you might think. The problem is that it can be very difficult for the average caregiver to accept that need and to actually take that time away. Here are some of the bigger reasons that can be the case. The Control Issue No matter how long you've been a family caregiver, there is most likely a feeling that you have to be the one in ... Read more