Caregiving

The 4 Stages Of Caregiving: Where Are You?

Eva Zatrak | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Caregiving is an extremely demanding role -- it can drain you physically, mentally, emotionally, and even socially. Of course, due to most circumstances, caregiving is extremely challenging and although each case is unique, there are some key stages in which every caregiver experiences.

Summer Safety Tips For Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Soaking up some sun and fresh air can help us feel good, and is a relaxing way to cope with caregiver stress or treatment for serious illness. Just remember that heat and dehydration, especially for children and seniors, can be potentially dangerous. Here's what caregivers need to know to enjoy the sun safely this summer.

Building A Strong Relationship Between Caregivers And Patients

Optimum Care | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

This National Nursing Week is a time to acknowledge the caregivers who are dedicated to keeping Canadians healthy, happy and active all the way into their later years. Just like nurses, there are many other people out there who act as the primary caregivers for the seniors in their lives.

Alternative Living Arrangements Put Seniors In Control

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Torge, then in her 40s, was fed up with the way she saw facilities for seniors organized. To her they were dreary, patronizing, dull. While she wasn't nearly old enough to live in one herself, she wanted change before she got there. For her, the only solution was to get radical.

We Must Care For The Caregivers, Too

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Chances are most of us have acted as informal, unpaid caregivers at some point for a parent, child or spouse. When we serve in this role, we provide critical support to our loved ones and the health system at large. However, this support often comes at a personal cost.

Financial Habits To Honour For Your Loved One With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

When it comes to the smaller financial activities, such as the purchase of a birthday gift, some may feel that if the one with dementia cannot remember the occasion then it is no longer necessary to give a gift. After all, what they don't know won't hurt them -- right?

Getting Sick Means Double Trouble For Caregivers And Patients

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Everyday infections such as the common cold, a stomach bug, upper respiratory infection or urinary tract infection have been shown to hasten cognitive decline among people with dementia. You don't want to pass along a bug to your loved one, to bring on these afflictions.

How Hotter Temperatures Affect People With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

While the heat shouldn't prevent you from taking your loved one out for some exercise or fun, it is worth noting that many factors make seniors more prone to heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke can be deadly, and dehydration can worsen dementia symptoms such as confusion, irritability and dizziness.

Let's Be There For Our Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

It's a lot to take on, and it's a difficult workload to maintain. Ultimately the caregiver has to make sacrifices in some area of their life, and it's usually their own emotional, physical or mental well-being that suffers the consequences. Sound familiar? Probably.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

Where Do Caregivers Go For Support?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

In my years of nursing and supporting caregivers, time and again I've seen the high expectations we have for ourselves. Caring for someone who has health challenges or is facing a tough diagnosis can cause so much pressure on a daily basis. Worries, decisions, coordinating care and conflicting responsibilities can make caregivers feel overwhelmed.

Don't Let These Conversation Topics Stay On Your Wish List

AlzLIVE | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

When it comes to financial matters, communications are necessary in order to avoid or at least minimize family conflict and long term feelings of resentment. It is not unusual for families to struggle with questions on finances and to be concerned about impact on the estate.

Two Sisters Are Reinventing Caregiving For Their Aging Parents

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

When Carol and Theresa's mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's and their dad's vision started failing, the news was met with some denial -- and their parents' groaning aversion to leaving their home of over forty years. The sisters, one of whom is my mother-in-law, came to realize that they are now parenting their own parents. In coming to terms with this they also realized that they each need support too. The result is an inspiring and positive arrangement. They've become "co-caregivers."

End Of Life Is Experiencing Social And Legal Change Across Canada

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There is no right answer regarding end of life care. Your personal choices will be interpreted within an increasingly volatile landscape of changing laws and changing interpretations of the laws alongside changes in our society's acceptance of end of life decision-making.

Alzheimer's: How To Prepare Your Home For Financial Changes

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

You will need to pay close attention to financial decisions necessary to protect your housing security. Although a home is often the largest asset owned, it is also the one with the least research and supports available when it comes to Alzheimer's and legal and financial matters.

How To Protect Your Finances While Aging With Alzheimer's

AlzLIVE | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

It is deeply hurtful to even remotely consider that someone from your most trusted group of allies could be intending to take advantage of you when you are most vulnerable, but avoiding this issue only leaves you more vulnerable. Your best line of defence is to increase your awareness on some of the more typical financial threats.

My Son Needs Consistent Home Nursing, Not Excuses

Her Magazine | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

My 13-year-old son Jacob, who has a rare neurodegenerative disorder, was discharged last summer with 24-hour nursing care in our Toronto home. But aside from the fact that nurses can cancel at a moment's notice -- leaving parents like me to pull all-nighters so my son doesn't choke to death -- we're facing alarming incompetence when they do show up.

Embarrassment Almost Cost Me My Life

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

I hug an acquaintance, start catching up and then I start coughing. I take a sip of my wine but the mucus in my throat seems to get thicker. Cough. Cough. Wheeze. Cough. Some people are looking at me. Oh, how embarrassing. Deciding to catch my breath privately, I leave and head down the hall looking for a ladies' room while digging for my asthma puffer. Hmm, there's a distinct wheeze. It's OK. One good inhalation of this puffer is all I ever need. Uh oh. There's a problem. I can't inhale now.

Staying On Top Of Your Finances After An Alzheimer's Diagnosis

AlzLIVE | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

You may be inclined to ignore your finances while dealing with your diagnosis of Alzheimer's, but it is important to begin assessing any financial vulnerabilities you may have. This is not the time to disengage from the management of your financial and legal affairs.

Why I Insist On Weekly Visits With My 97-Year-Old Grandmother

Her Magazine | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

"Bubbie keeps asking you the same question because her brain has stopped being able to hold information that is recent, such as what you did today or what she might be thinking at a particular moment. She loves you very much and just being with her makes her feel very happy."

Key Documents, Decisions And Directions In Estate Planning

AlzLIVE | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those who care most about you is the selection of individuals who are capable of carrying out your wishes. This requires taking the time to fully inform these people about your wishes.

Alzheimer's: Dealing With Decision Making And Wills

AlzLIVE | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

There will come a time when your decision making will be increasingly restricted. You can prepare for these changes through planning and communications with trusted people in your life and this can help ensure your autonomy is supported and respected.

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 09.25.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

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.