Dementia and obsessions

“Mom, why do you have an entire shelf of plastic take-home containers?” “I might need them someday.” My mother’s answer is the same no matter what I ask. Plastic Cool Whip containers, empty sour cream tubs, tiny lidded bowls that once contained sauce. Old towels, empty coffee cans, and plastic bags of every size and…

5 Problems Faced by Caregivers of Elderly People

Caring for an elder is oftentimes perceived as a blessing in disguise. However, adhering persistently to fulfilling the needs of one’s aging parent can take its toll on a person. But if you know the problems, you can definitely find a solution. Here, I’ll point out the five most difficult problems faced by the caregivers.…

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The Adrenaline Rush of Caregiving

On Labor Day, I left my doctor’s office and hopped in my car to drive home. My cell phone rang, and I saw it was my mom calling. I answered with my usual cheery, “Hello-o.” Mom’s hitched breathing came through the phone. “What’s wrong?” I demanded, as adrenaline surged from my overworked adrenal gland. “I…

Stopping Senior Scams

Most caregivers know how much of an issue scams targeting seniors are, but what’s the best way to limit the risk? Sure, you could try to constantly check the phone, internet and email of the person you’re giving care to, but that might be an invasion of their privacy. And no matter how vigilant you…