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Wednesday August 13th, 2014

Important Decisions: Financial and Health Care Planning

Death and dying are not topics we talk about easily in our culture. As a general rule, in fact, we avoid them, almost as if to talk about them would bring on a premature demise. As a result, many families are unaware of their loved one's wishes at the end of life and are faced with making difficult decisions. This can lead to family discord and can make a trying situation even harder than it already is.
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Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Health care planning

Health care planning is the process of deciding what you want to include in your advance directive. Once you get past initial feelings of discomfort, you may find that it is a relief to talk about these matters and clarify your attitudes and beliefs. It is ideal to talk with friends, family, and health care providers about your end-of-life choices. It's even better to put your wishes in writing. You can prepare for this process by following these steps:
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Wednesday July 30th, 2014

Conversation starters

The American Bar Association tool kit is an excellent and very accessible resource to help patients and their families discuss matters concerning end of life care. The kit's articles address topics such as weighing the odds of survival, your personal priorities and spiritual values, how to select a health care representative, and how to be a health care representative.
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Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

Easy activities with guests

Summer is often a time when relatives take advantage of good weather to come from afar to visit an ailing loved one. They might not be prepared for all the changes that have happened since the last visit. You may wish to read our article about making the most of family visits. It offers tips for setting expectations and maintaining routines. Beyond preparing the emotional stage, it's nice to have some special activities planned. Here are some simple options to consider:
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Sunday July 13th, 2014

Reducing the risk of falls

One-third of older adults who live at home fall at least once each year. That makes falls the leading cause of injury for elders. The most severe consequences include injuries that can be life changing: a traumatic brain injury or broken hip. These can lead to the need to move to a setting with more assistance.   Your relative is considered “high risk” for falling if he or she has fallen twice in the past year, has balance or gait problems, or has just had a severe fall. To be safe, ask your family member’s doctor to do a "fall risk assessment." This includes a review of
Thursday July 3rd, 2014

When Mom worries about falling

Many older adults who have fallen believe it is best to “stay safe” and avoid falling again by restricting their activities. Unfortunately, that’s the worst thing they can do! Inactivity is a path to reduced strength and mobility, which increases the risk of a fall and injury. One of the most important things you can do is keep your worried relative up and moving. Here are some tips: Talk about the fear
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Wednesday June 25th, 2014

Should Dad move in?

Combining households has many benefits: less hassle running back and forth between two residences, less worry about Dad eating well and remembering his meds, more family social time for him, cost savings on rent and utilities, etc. But if things do not work out, disentangling could cause hurt feelings and damage your relationship. Consider these questions before you move in together. Relationships and life style
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Wednesday June 18th, 2014

Explaining your needs to others

Are you worried that asking for help sounds like whining? You may believe you “should” be able to do it all without assistance. Or think you are “just” doing what any good or loving daughter (or son, or spouse) would do. Like many caregivers focused on being gracious, you may have become used to minimizing the personal impact of caregiving. Wanting help does not mean you are weak. And being frustrated, tired, or resentful does not mean you don’t care for the elder in your life. It simply means that there is more on your plate than can be done alone.