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A caregiver bolstering her older loved one

How Do I know If?: Recognizing When a Loved One Needs More Support

If we are asking the question How do I know if… about a loved one’s care, it usually means the time to take action is now.  But what if we do not even know the relevant questions to ask, let alone the best answer? We are bombarded with information from well-meaning family and friends, but don’t know how to tailor it to our own situations.

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By Lauri Scharf | 02/15/2022

Caregivers continue to visit and provide secondary care to their loved ones in assisted living

Secondary Caregiving: Providing Care to a Loved One in Assisted Living

When we transition a loved one to an assisted living facility, it may feel as if our role as a caregiver has ended. However, most caregivers who move a loved one into assisted living instead experience a change in their caregiving role rather than an end to this role entirely. With this change can come new responsibilities and sources of stress.

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By Julie Hayes | 02/15/2022

A caregiver helping his older loved one

Taking on Caregiving Responsibilities: Balancing Expectations vs Reality

As your loved one ages, you may find that the demands of caregiving are growing, and it can be too much to handle. Whether you’re helping with small tasks or assisting a loved one with bathing, no caregiving task truly feels all that small, but others can certainly feel too overwhelming. Your expectations may be that you can do it all – caregiving on top of managing your own household, job and other responsibilities. Or, it could be that others’ expectations for care are growing and you feel pressured to live up to it. Whichever the case may be, accepting the situation and learning to work with it may be the first step to making life easier down the road.

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By Branka Primetica | 02/15/2022

Around 75 percent of individuals with Down syndrome aged 65 and older develop Alzheimer’s, making the role of their caregivers even more complex as they age

Caring for Loved Ones with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Caring for a loved one with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) already presents a unique set of challenges from those faced by most caregivers. When a loved one with IDD presents with changes in behavior, memory and sometimes mobility, those challenges are then joined with the challenges of being a dementia caregiver—and can often feel confusing, overwhelming and at times even too much to handle.

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By Julie Hayes | 01/18/2022

An older adult and caregiver looking over an emergency preparedness checklist

Caregiving for Older Loved Ones through Natural Disasters

For caregivers, preparing for and responding to the aftermath of a natural disaster comes with the additional challenge of protecting the safety and needs of a vulnerable loved one. This challenge can be compounded further by a loved one’s disability or illness. Whether we live in the South and need to prepare for hurricane season and flooding, live in the West and face earthquakes and wildfires, or live in the North and risk snow- and ice-related power outages, it is crucial for us to be proactive when taking care of a loved one during a disaster. A helpful way to stay prepared is by developing an emergency preparedness plan.  

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By Sara Powers, PhD | 01/18/2022