Caregiving

Maintaining Your Career Skills While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

Are You Stressing Yourself Towards Alzheimer's Disease?

Dr. Tiffany Chow | Posted 05.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Tiffany Chow

Consider managing your stress before it manages you. Regardless of whether you've chosen your good stressor (planning a big party for someone special), keeping yourself in stress mode for weeks, months, or years at a time will do a number on your hippocampus that sets up vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease. Here's how it works.

Ten Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming Your Parent's Caregiver

Eva Zatrak | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Remember that when you take on the role, often the condition of the parent is not too bad, but one must be aware that in reality they most likely going to decline in the future. Can you cope with this? Generally caregivers do not stop until they drop from exhaustion.

Helping Your Elderly Parent Bathe Safely and With Dignity

Natalie Strouth | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Helping an elderly parent with bathing, can come with some fear or embarrassment for both of you. You want to maintain the person's privacy, dignity and independence as much as possible. It might take longer than it used to for the person to do something for themselves, but the benefits far outweigh the extra time.

Tips to Relieve Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

As a community nurse I've heard stories from families who, instead of checking items off shopping lists and going to holiday parties, were taking someone to multiple medical appointments. Or, they were worried and asking me how to keep their mom calm and comfortable at the busy family gathering as her dementia was taking hold.

How to Help a Friend Who's Caring for an Aging Parent

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Being a family caregiver, caring for an aging parent, is a tough assignment. It is one that many baby boomers are just beginning to encounter. Here are some suggestions for making a welcome difference in the lives of friends like these based on using your common sense with respect to your friend's needs and your own availability.

If You're Going to Hide Your Assets, Leave a Map

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

If an estate trustee is able to discover where the deceased stored important records, this is a great start to information-gathering. Difficulties can arise where the deceased has hidden assets away for safekeeping and failed to make these assets more accessible prior to death.

7 Ways Taking Care of Someone Can Make You Happier

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Natalie Strouth

I can definitely attest to the many challenges and obstacles that family caregivers contend with on a daily basis. A study by the Change Foundation, 22 per cent of caregivers showed signs of distress, including anger, depression, being overwhelmed and unable to continue providing care. But through it all, you'll also have your eyes and heart opened in amazing ways.

Having a Disability Doesn't Mean You Can't Have Adventures

Natalie Strouth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

I've been reflecting on the fun experiences my family and friends had this summer. My thoughts inevitably also turn to those with new health challenges and disabilities, and their caregivers, the people who are supporting them. I've learned that there are many wonderful opportunities to get out and create lasting happy memories, participate in things that bring joy, and still manage the care.

Coping with a New Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

This week, Kerry asks: My sister was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and she is refusing to accept any help from her family, friends or health care professionals. When I try to talk to her about it, we always end up in an argument. Do you have any advice?

Ask Elizabeth: Taking Care of a Difficult Parent or Relative

Natalie Strouth | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Vicky asks: I've been taking care of my mom who is 74, in poor health and lives on her own. We've never had a very close relationship, and she criticizes everything I do. It doesn't matter if it's house cleaning, taking her to appointments, or getting her groceries -- it's like I can never do anything to her satisfaction.

Moving Through Grief to the Self-Pity Stage

Joan Sutton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

By now, most people recognize that the stages of grief outlined in the Kubler-Ross model are not a map. Each of us walks that lonely road in our own way. ut there is one aspect of grief that no one talks about, because it isn't "nice." But, let's be blunt: some part of grief is just plain feeling sorry for yourself.

Ask Elizabeth: I'm Worried About My Child's Surgery

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My four-year-old daughter is having surgery soon, and I'm a nervous wreck. Her doctors have assured me that she will be fine, but I'm worried about her getting put out, and especially worried about helping her recover at home after leaving the hospital...help!

Ask Elizabeth: Life After Caring for a Parent

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Shannon asks: My mother recently passed away. It was a peaceful death in her home, the way she wanted, however after two years of caring for her full-time I am now struggling with how to move forward in my own life.

Ask Elizabeth: Coping with Dementia and Personality Changes

Natalie Strouth | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Kay asks: My husband has dementia and the symptoms are getting so bad that I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I am embarrassed to take him to our daughter's house for fear of what he might do or say. I don't want our kids or grandkids to see him act this way. I am not prepared for these changes and I don't know if I can manage for much longer.

Caring for my Mother Shouldn't Cost Me my Career

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Finlay

I took time away from my professional activities some three years ago after my mother suffered a traumatic brain injury. I had no idea then that my life, and especially my career and income, would face a second trauma. My experience is apparently not uncommon.

Ask Elizabeth: How Can I Support My Wife Who Has Cancer?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My wife Karen was recently diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. We want to help but Karen gets frustrated when any of us try to do things for her, with the kids or around the house. I don't know how to be strong as the best husband, caregiver, and deal with my own fears about what's happening. Can anyone be a 'super caregiver'?

Ask Elizabeth: Should the Elderly Fear Falling?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Todd asks: My parents are getting older and recently, mom has become afraid of falling. She often talks about friends who have taken a spill, and whenever they come over she tells me we should have a railing for our front steps. She's even avoiding rooms where our kids' toys are on the floor. Neither one of them have had a fall -- how worried should we be about this?

Ask Elizabeth: Can People Live Safely at Home with Alzheimer's?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Rebecca asks: My grandmother is getting older and was recently diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer's Disease. She is still very healthy and independently living on her own. We have talked about her desire to remain at home and independent for as long as she can. How can we keep her safe in her home?

Ask Elizabeth: Caregiving as an Only Child

Natalie Strouth | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My mom's health has been deteriorating greatly over the past year. As an only child, I am her primary caregiver and this last hospital stay has really taken a toll on me. She gets very limited formal help and the rest of her care is left to me. I am so tired and can't concentrate on anything any more.

Ask Elizabeth: How Do I Care for my Dad with Parkinson's?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

"How do I care for my dad as his physical health deteriorates? His Parkinson's is advancing and he needs more and more help. I feel unprepared and anxious, but I want to be able to care for him as long as possible."

Ask Elizabeth: Can Your Aging Parents Still Live Alone?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Ryan asks: At Easter this year I looked around my parent's house and realized that they are not going to be able to live here forever. When do you start talking to your parents about the future and where they going to live as they age?

Ask Elizabeth: Sometimes with Caregiving, the Crisis Is How You Feel

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

In her weekly column, Natalie answers your questions about caring for a family member or friend who needs extra support -- and caring for yourself as a caregiver. "My daughter is the joy of my life but sometimes I feel incredibly stressed by the daily responsibilities and challenges of her disability. What can I do when I feel like this?"

Ask Elizabeth: Finding Mobility Aids for Stroke Survivors on a Budget

Natalie Strouth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

Coming home from the hospital following an illness or surgery can be overwhelming in an already stressful time and it's important to have a plan based...

Ask Elizabeth: What Is Palliative Care?

Natalie Strouth | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My grandmother has terminal cancer and her doctor has told us that there are no further medical treatments that can be done for her. He says she will be receiving "palliative care." What does this mean?