Caregiving from a Distance
Often caregivers are thrust into their new roles with no warning and no preparation. Actress Patricia Richardson tells her own story of what happened to her when she was faced with caring for her elderly parents in another state. As a long distance caregiver, she lists three valuable lessons she learned: educate yourself, find a patient advocacy group and join a support group.
Alzheimers: A Caregiver's Challenge
The caregiver's journey is filled with unexpected turns and developments. Many adult children caring for elderly parents make a promise they may find difficult to keep: "I will never put you in a home." For Sonia Alvarado, caring for her mother at home was manageable in the beginning. But as her mother's Alzheimer's disease progressed, it became clear the caregiving arrangement was no longer good for mother or daughter. In this episode we discover assisted living, though often expensive, became the best choice for a mother's care and a daughter's well-being.
Respite: Care for the Caregiver
As Natalia Alvarado's Alzheimer's disease worsened, her daughter Sonia's caregiver role grew larger and more taxing. The director of the Los Angeles Caregivers Resource Center, Shawn Herz, says it is vital for caregivers like Sonia to have breaks from their demanding 24/7 jobs. Emotional and physical damage can come from years of this kind of unrelenting stress. Here Ms. Herz shares good advice on respite resources available to help care for the caregiver.
Full Episode: Time to Do Everything as a Caregiver
"Time to 'Do' Everything as a Caregiver" illustrates the constant burden placed on the caregiver and how it can be overwhelming for the entire family. Three caregivers and their families are profiled: a male caregiver taking care of his wife who has a frontal lobe disease, a daughter who has put her life on hold to take care of her 95-year-old father, and a daughter who has moved her parents in with her and struggles to juggle her own busy life with the demands of being her parents' caregiver.
Adult Day Health Care
In the past 20 years, long term care for the elderly has shifted away from traditional settings like nursing homes to a variety of community based environments including adult day healthcare centers.
It Takes a Village
When aging parents begin to lose their independence, their adult children are left scrambling to figure out how to fill in the gaps. Thanks to a network of volunteers, seniors can once again reach out to their "village" for a helping hand.
As the oldest of five siblings, Algerine Correia, 64 years old, always knew she would be the one to care for her parents when they were elderly.
Why Caregivers Need to Take a Break
Noted author Gail Sheehy stresses the critical need for caregivers to take a break every day from the consuming demands of caregiving.
When is it Time for a Caregiver to Ask for Help?
Author Gail Sheehy brings up how after a few years of caregiving, the physical strain can be so overwhelming that the caregiver feels they "can't do it anymore." When is it time to ask for help?
Survival Kit for Caregivers
Essential tools and support every caregiver should seek out.
Caregiving is My Life
Gunn Leater is a 47-year old single woman who left her career six years ago to care for her aging father full time, after the death of her mother.
Facts About Seniors Driving
There are 7,000-10,000 individuals who turn 65 every day. By 2030, every 1 in 5 drivers will be a senior citizen.
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