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What You Need to Do if Mom Won't Let Others Do Their Job

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“Every time I visit my mom (age 92, lives alone) I find dusty furniture, dirty floors and bathrooms that need cleaning. Mom likes her home care worker but says she spends a lot of time texting and talking on the phone. The home care worker likes my mom but says every time she starts to clean up, my mom tells her not to because she wants to do it herself. I’m not sure what the truth is but I don’t want Mom living in a messy house. What can I do?”

7 Mistakes Most Caregivers Make

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The main goal for any caregiver should be to take care of himself or herself first, so they can continue to do their best for the person they are caring for. To do that, they must move through the process of learning what to do and how to do it as quickly as possible while avoiding additional stress from confusion and poor choices. The best way? – to learn from the mistakes of others.

We are Partly Responsible for Our Parents' Foolish Spending

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Some of our elderly needlessly end up broke. Many others pass along much less to their heirs and beneficiaries than they had planned, worked and saved for during their income producing years. They didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to deplete their accounts nor was there a major event that took everything they had. It happened gradually and was barely noticeable, if at all, until it was too late.

Senior Socialization is Essential to Quality Caregiving

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According to the American Psychological Association, “… one of the most difficult problems family members face is achieving a balance between respecting an older adult's autonomy and intervening before self-neglect becomes dangerous.” Many seniors enjoy expanding their social circles and many prefer to shrink them. When they want to stay home all of the time, it can be a sign that something else is going on and it could be the early stages of self-neglect. Caregivers must be alert to this and take steps to ensure the well-being of their loved ones. Here's how.

 

Ecumenical Adult Care Needs a Christmas Miracle Today

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Caregivers and seniors who depend on Ecumenical Adult Care of Naperville, a 501c3 charitable organization, urgently need your help. Later today, an emergency meeting will decide the fate of the center which has faithfully served the Naperville area for over 33 years by caring for society's forgotten ones while their family members try to make ends meet and keep their jobs. Here's the story.

13 Time-saving Tips to Help You Keep the Holiday Spirit

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If you’re like me, you don’t schedule a moment’s rest for the last three weeks of the year. You get up earlier than usual and after your day job and caregiving, you still have plenty to do. You prepare for get-togethers, sign and mail holiday cards, spend extra time shopping, take care of many little tasks that no one thinks of until the last minute, and the list goes on. Keeping the holiday spirit can be quite difficult if you don’t find ways to cut back so that you still have some time for yourself. Why not try some of these?

How to Make the Holidays Happier for Everyone

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Thankfulness, Love, Peace, Joy, Family, and Friends are the ingredients of a happy holiday season. Stress is not. Any undue pressure caregivers put on themselves to make everything perfect is nothing more than a negative whirlwind of emotions that lead to unrealistic expectations, overspending, mental fatigue and physical exhaustion. Even if your loved one has dementia, you can, and should, have a good time. 

What You Need to Know to Find Peace

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On Thanksgiving Day, as families were gathered around their tables, nearly every caregiver expressed gratitude for their loved one and genuinely meant it. After the work of getting everyone and everything ready, a sense of calm and thankfulness took over as they considered the blessings they had received. But for some, there was also a sense of guilt. Sometimes, no matter how hard people try to stay focused on the positive things in their lives, they can’t avoid recalling times when they didn’t measure up as they thought they should. 

Inactivity: The Mistake That Costs Everyone

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Betty’s family thought she was lazy and just didn’t want to do the exercises, but that probably wasn’t the reason. Whatever the source of her resistance, no one could get through to Betty with enough information that would motivate her; even though it would have reduced her pain and even saved her life. Talking seldom works. Find out how to help someone recover from couch potato syndrome.

Dementia vs Kitchen: A Caregiver's Nightmare

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Is there any time of the year when your family enjoys the aromas coming from your kitchen more than at holiday time? The scents of favorite meals, warm bread, pastries and candy not only bring on anticipation but some of our fondest memories as well. Yet, for sons and daughters of people with dementia, it could also bring on heightened levels of anxiety over mom’s safety.

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