Coping with Holiday Grief

By Linda Burhans At holiday time, many people are dealing with loss and are often caught in a dilemma between the need to grieve and the pressure to get into the spirit of the season. Holidays or not, it is important for the bereaved to find ways to take care of themselves. The following guidelines Read more…

From One Caregiver to Another

A recent headline stopped me cold: “For those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, burnout is rampant.” The more I publicly share our family’s story, the more caregivers are on my mind. Their role and needs often are overwhelmed by the needs of their loved one. Whether they are caring for a loved one Read more…

The Sounds of Dementia

The Sounds of Dementia One of the prevalent misconceptions that the general public has about dementia is that it only affects one’s memory. This is the furthest thing from the truth. The fact is that dementia can also affects one’s mobility, eyesight, language skills, behavior and the sensitivity to sounds. You may have a loved Read more…

Pass It On – How To Share Yourself With Your Family

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Traveling with Dementia

by Gary LeBlanc I am repeatedly asked for advice on whether or not to take loved ones with dementia on vacation. My answer is always consistent, “It’s always better if they are still in the early stages of the disease. If they are “too far” advanced, the problems you will encounter may be very severe. Read more…

The Caregiver “AAA” Dilemma

By: Linda Burhans Many times we think we’re too selfish and often feel ashamed about it. But the truth is the caregivers get out of the habit of taking care of themselves. Here’s how it works; you find the whole thing almost impossibly hard, yet other caregivers do it without complaining or giving up so Read more…

When Moments Matter

Quick – what would be the first thing you would grab as you ran out the door under a mandatory evacuation? Chances are, you would grab your precious photo albums to preserve those memories that cannot be replaced. Priceless memories are probably all around your home. Locked away in storage containers in your attic and Read more…

9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

By: Linda Burhans Caregiving responsibilities can occur without warning, so without proper planning, it can create a crisis situation, particularly if you live far away. On the other hand you may not even realize that your loved ones need help. When you call on the phone, mom will not tell you that she fell last Read more…

9 Tips for Long Distance Caregivers

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Paying Attention to Bedsores

http://commonsensecaregiving.com Common Sense Caregiving Paying Attention to Bedsores View this email in your browser Hi Folks, Enjoy this week’s article and feel free to share it where you believe it may help. I also want to thank all those that came out to Crystal River Health & Rehab for my dementia care seminar. It was Read more…

Kindness

By: Linda Burhans Kindness is a simple answer in a sometimes difficult and challenging world. I know that to be true. For a long time now it has been my mission to acknowledge and appreciate all people and to encourage others to do the same. When my granddaughter Skylar,was young and we’d go out, we Read more…

Caregiving Is Rewarding But Stressful

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Dementia and Inappropriate Behavior

Recently at one of my support groups I asked if there were any challenging situations the caregivers were dealing with. Suddenly a woman burst into tears. “I don’t know how to say this.” She cried. “But my wonderful loving uncle who has been so kind to me his entire life, has recently been making sexual Read more…

Symptoms of UTI – Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections are a common occurence older adults. UTI symptoms can be acute with pain on urination, frequent urination, bladder spasms, abdominal tenderness, fever, chills and pain in the back under the area of the ribs with the kidneys are located. In elderly people, UTIs can also cause other symptoms, such as confusion, hallucinations, Read more…

Blooming With Love

By: Linda Burhans I was very surprised when I received a call from Sally a couple weeks ago. She is definitely a southern belle with that beautiful southern accent that gives me a good feeling. Sally attended some of my support groups in Florida about three years ago when she was caring for her mom Read more…

THE JOY AND SADNESS OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON

When you ask someone who is grieving the death of a loved one, “what do you want for Christmas?” the typical answer is “to have my loved one back, have life the way it once was.” Traditions are made from past celebrations including the holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. Continuing those celebrations after your loved one Read more…

Suicide—A Silent Turning Point

 Nothing devastates a family like the loss of a loved one through suicide. It is such an uncomprehensible tragedy that it leaves everyone speechless, without ever having any real answers. With senior adult couples the rate of Homicide-Suicide increases 50 percent—higher than younger adults. For those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, these Read more…

Dealing With Guilt At Being A Long-Distance Caregiver

This entry was posted in Blog Posts, Senior Care in Redington Beach FL and tagged Senior Care in Redington Beach FL on October 27, 2016 by Becky Moultrie, Owner, Assisting Hands St. Pete.  As a family caregiver your responsibility is to understand your aging parent’s needs and challenges, and devise a personalized approach to care, support, and encouragement tailored to those individual needs. Read more…

What is a Certified Geriatric Care Manager or Aging Life Care Specialist?

By: Laura Freed, RN, BS, CCM Navigating through the “healthcare maze” can be confusing, frustrating, even frightening. Having a private Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) can help lead you in the right direction and assist in making the best choices of providers in your community.  Since the field of private Geriatric Care Management is still relatively Read more…

Undiagnosed Dementia

Undiagnosed Dementia The number of people with dementia is now estimated to have reached 131.5 million worldwide according to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).Unfortunately, there is a problem with this figure. I believe that it is moderately low. This estimate is mostly accumulated from death certificates in most countries. The problem that lies here is this: Read more…