Hiring a Caregiver? Private Care Versus a Home Care Agency

Eva Zatrak | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

The day has come, mom needs some assistance in order to stay in the comfort of her home. What do you do? Although many take on the responsibility of caring for aging loved ones, this simply isn't an option for everyone. With your own family, career, and financial responsibilities, it may not be practical.

My Strength From Training Helped Me Care for My Sick Dad

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

As an overweight kid who discovered the transformational power of fitness as a teenager, training to improve my fitness and my physique has always been a huge motivator. For many years it was why I trained. But it was not until my father became ill that I truly realized the insurmountable power of fitness.

Maintaining a Connection With Your Loved One After Hiring a Caregiver

AlzLIVE | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living

In the families I've dealt with, there was a sense that after their loved one moved into a care community, the gradual erosion of the relationship with their loved one would suddenly be accelerated to the point that any hope of further connection would forever be lost.

As a Mom of a Child With a Severe Disability, Facebook Is My Salvation

Her Magazine | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

It is my connection to a world of people who have an understanding of a current challenge I am facing, parents who have experienced something I am struggling with and families who have tried various solutions to obscure problems only those with medically fragile children can relate.

Finding Out if Mom's Memory Loss is More Than Forgetfulness

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Living

The big "A." The elephant in the room. The dreaded disease you've been forced to think about thanks to Dear Alice and Glen Campbell and so many others whose stories have raised awareness and brought Alzheimer's right into your living room -- and now, maybe right into your life.

How I Became an Alzheimer's Advocate

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Living

But from the moment my mother and grandmother shared with me my grandfather's diagnosis, everything changed. Though my role as national director of sales and marketing memory care for one of the country's largest providers of assisted living was still the same, my motivation was completely different.

Do You Have Concerns About a Family Member's Driving?

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Driving is an activity of daily living (ADL) just like getting washed, dressed or cooking. It is an activity that we learn to do once the skills needed to drive have matured. In order to drive safely, we rely on the fine-tuned integration of the necessary physical, visual, cognitive-perceptual, and behavioural skills.

Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

AlzLIVE | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Impact

Alzheimer's caregivers are amazingly successful at juggling all of the things necessary to meet the needs of their loved one, but each day they're simultaneously learning how to juggle the many emotions they experience. Anger, guilt, fear and frustration are just a few of the complex emotional balls they are trying so hard to keep in the air.

How to Recognize the Signs of Elder Abuse

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living

It is not always easy to recognize elder abuse, particularly if you are the victim. Yet elder abuse is, unfortunately, prevalent in our society. The good news is that there is increased awareness with respect to the existence of elder abuse and its many forms, and numerous resources available to help.

How to Manage Difficult Behaviour While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

It is challenging for many people to accept a loss of control as their independence gradually declines. Based on this loss of control, many become anxious, demanding, or resistant. This creates a new set of challenges for the caregiver.

How to Identify Your Parents' Caregiving Needs

AlzLIVE | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living

As we became a young adult, our relationship to our parents became different. We still turned to our parents, but more for guidance and support. Never did we imagine or expect that one day we would be the parent to our parent. When did it happen? When was the shift? Now we are the ones in the "worry seat."

How to Make Long Distance Caregiving Work

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living

There are some things we can do from a distance to increase our full understanding of their situation, to improve the communication we have with them, and to manage the risks inherent in long distance (and close distance) caregiving. All of these suggestions can be done via the internet and phone.

When You Break the Promise to Never Put a Loved One in a Nursing Home

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Living

There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhelming. But there are some ways we can cope.

Finding New Ways To Honour Dad

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living

Special occasions such as Father's Day can be looked upon with apprehension and anxiety when you have a loved one who is living with Alzheimer's or dementia. While the challenges do exist, it's also a good time to reflect, find new inspiration and a way of honoring dad.

Canada Needs a National Strategy for Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

The impacts of informal caregiving commitments do not remain confined to the home: they are felt in the Canadian workplace and reduce productivity. They translate into 2.2 million hours of reduced effort in the workplace every week and cause an estimated $1.3 billion productivity loss annually, says the report.

You Can Reconnect With Your Loved One Living With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living

As Alzheimer's disease progresses and the person becomes more and more disconnected from the world around them, caregivers so often, and so unintentionally, lose their way. That's okay, in part because there's no manual for this, no right or wrong. But there are ways that caregivers, like Ed's, can reconnect with their loved one.

How to Be a Caregiver Without Losing Your Career

Eva Zatrak | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

If you are currently transitioning from a full-time career to a full-time career and caregiving, you know how challenging it can be. Finding the right balance can seem near impossible, which leads to overwhelming levels of stress and concern. Family is priority but what about your career? The number of unpaid caregivers in Canada continues to rise, as more and more family members require care. As a caregiver, you know that your duties are a full-time role in itself.

How Dementia Patients Benefit From Gardening

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living

Even if your loved one has never been an avid gardener, introducing them to blooms now could be a good idea: this green hobby has been shown to benefit dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Long-term care facilities sometimes refer to it as horticultural therapy -- the connection that dementia patients develop to past and future through tending plants, indoors or out.

Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.

How to Help Someone With Dementia Sail Through Airport Security

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living

Navigating through an airport with a family member who has Alzheimer's can be a nail-biting excursion. Unfamiliar surroundings heighten confusion, impair the ability to follow directions and trigger agitation -- none of which you want to experience as you're getting body-scanned by airport security. Here's how to get through it all with as little hassle as possible.

Advice for Dementia and Alzheimer's Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living

People living with Alzheimer's and dementia can exhibit a broad range of responsive behaviours, such as wandering, verbal repetition, sexual behavior or angry outbursts. For caregivers, dealing with responsive behaviours can be a frustrating and exhausting task. But there are answers.

Caregivers Often Get Depressed, but There's an App for That

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Impact

Because of the tremendous load caregivers sometimes take on, they are more likely than their non-carer counterparts to develop mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. These websites and apps aim to make those days more manageable.

Don't Forget to Care For Yourself When Caring For Someone With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living

Those caring for someone with Alzheimer's are at particular risk for poor health. A study published in the American Journal of Nursing found that caring for someone with dementia caused "more severe negative health effects than other types of caregiving".

7 Surprising Facts About Caregivers

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living

It's always a good time to honor and recognize the spouses, family members and friends who dedicate countless hours to caring for their loved ones. North America is home to millions of family caregivers. On top of having tremendous fortitude, they're an interesting bunch. Check out our list below for some fascinating facts about caregivers.

Maintaining Your Career Skills While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Over eight-million Canadians currently provide care for chronically ill or disabled friends and family members. If you're a caregiver, you know how demanding it can be. Your role as a caregiver, can greatly interfere with all other aspects of your life. Although you may feel as though your career is being negatively affected, there are ways to keep your career skills sharp.