How to Plan for a Disaster with Someone Who Has Dementia

Caregivers often have their hands full with their day-to-day responsibilities. Planning for a tornado, hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, flood or other natural disaster often isn’t on the radar. Happily The Hartford has developed a 44-page guide, called The Calm Before the Storm to help a caregiver to someone with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or some other form of […]

Great Caregiving Resources to Recommend to a Friend

We’re always looking for the best resources on the Web that can help the busy, perhaps harried, caregiver do what they need to do with confidence and compassion, while maintaining a balance in life. Sometimes it’s not easy. One thing working in our favor is that we do have the Internet and its abundance of […]

Tips for Caring for Your Parents from Afar

A  January 31, 2008 online article entitled, Caring for Mom and Dad from Afar on, reports that “Between 5 million and 7 million Americans care for an older relative from afar – – at least one hour away, according to Family Caregiver Alliance. ‘The need is so great, and the out-of-town kids feel so […]

How can a long-term care ombudsman help?

If you, or a loved one, is a resident of, or is considering, assisted living, or a nursing home, a long-term care (LTC) ombudsman may be able to help. LTC ombudsman help resolve residents’ complaints, provide information and assistance, advocate for residents’ rights and quality of care, and advocates for system and legislative changes. The […]

Caregiver Burnout: The Warning Signs

According to WebMD “sometimes, the pressure of caring for someone who is elderly or who has a chronic illness can lead to stress and a condition called ‘caregiver burnout.’ To prevent this, it’s essential to know how to manage your stress.” The site provides the following warning signs: Feelings of anger Difficulty concentrating Unproductive worrying […]

Respite Care

According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), there are currently an estimated 21% of the U.S. population providing unpaid “care to friends and family 18 and older. This translated into 44.4 million caregivers in the U.S. today.”   According to, “every caregiver needs respite time if he or she is to last. […]

Will Long-Term Care Matter to You? Likely.

This is one that you won’t have to think about…unless you, or a parent, needs long-term care. And since 60% of people 65 and older will need long-term care there’s a very good chance you’ll be faced with it sometime in your life. If you do the math, for an individual and two parents, the […]