What to Do if You’re Worried About Your Elderly Parent Driving!

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re worried about an elderly parent driving. The worry is enough to keep you up at night and question your own sanity. The decision to hand over the car keys is one of the most difficult decisions and transitions an aging family will make. It’s the one day to […]

Simple Ideas for Caregiver Self-care!

Self-care is not selfish and unkind, it's love and compassion in action...

Caregivers (professional and family) struggle with self-care even though we all know that self-care makes for a better caregiver experience. I’m always a little embarrassed when I preach to a caregiver about self-care only to be met with eyes that say “you’ve got to be kidding”. Between the day to day care tasks of caring […]

Are You Struggling to Care for an Elderly Parent? Don’t Give Up!

Dear Brave Caregiver, There’s a HUGE learning curve when it comes to caring for elderly parents. All of a sudden, you’re thrust in to multiple roles; nurse, activities coordinator, nutritionist, social worker, taxi driver, housekeeper. You NO WAY feel prepared for these roles! Then it happens… That moment you realize you forgot to call your […]

How to Assess Your Elderly Parent’s Daily Needs!

Are you starting to worry about your elderly parent? Are you a full time caregiver being told by others it’s time for a transition to assisted living? Are you and your siblings at odds about the best course of action for your elderly parent? Regardless of your particular situation, explore specific areas of your mom […]

What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Clings to You!

One of the more frustrating dynamics in caregiving and helping an elderly parent is the older adult that clings to you. Despite your best efforts to create some space between the two of you, they find ways to guilt you in to doing more than is necessary. You become frustrated and resentful of the demands […]

Use The Power of Empathy to Transform Your Caregiving Experience

8 Habits of Empathetic Caregivers

The power of empathy can transform the way we care for elders and the way we ourselves experience our role as caregivers. Caregiving whether professionally or for a family member can be the toughest yet most rewarding experience on earth. It’s also frustrating and exhausting. It can push you to the edge and back again. […]

Are You a Caregiver Dealing with a Narcissistic Elderly Parent? 7 Ways to Survive!

Do you cringe every time the phone rings for fear it’s your elderly parent? Does your elderly parent refuse to accept the fact they need help; despite the evidence piling up around them? Worse yet, do they create unrealistic expectations that send you on a guilt trip, when you “let them down”. If so, you […]

10 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season With Your Elderly Parent!

Do you struggle with your elderly parent during the holidays? There are plenty of ways to ensure you have a calm and peaceful season with your mom or dad, that don’t include pharmacutical interventions (for you or them). This eight week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Years is the most stressful time of the year […]

Nursing Home Neglect? Call This Community Resource!

Is your elderly parent receiving poor care in a nursing home or assisted living community? Are you sick and tired of  your complaints falling on deaf ears? In each and every care community in this country, an advocate is assigned to help residents resolve problems and  improve quality of life. You need to know about […]

Are You a Caregiver Worried About Finances? 6 Ways to Ease Your Burden!

Caring for an elderly parent can take a financial toll on baby boomers and put your own retirement at risk.  If you’ve retired early or quit a job to care for your elderly parent you may be starting to feel the financial pinch. Your savings account starts to dwindle and you worry about the future […]