UTIs are Hard to Detect in Older Adults

Susan Friedrich


18 June, 2018

In a young person, a urinary tract infection (UTI), also known as a bladder infection, typically presents as a burning sensation during urination. It can be painful, but with proper treatment, it will be gone in a few days. But in the elderly, a UTI may not present such...

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Caregiver Profile: Brianne Day

Elizabeth Ohollaren


18 June, 2018

Brianne Day’s first caregiving experience was with her own grandmother. Her “Nana” was living with and being cared for by Brianne’s mother who also worked many hours outside the house. She needed help, and Brianne, who had her own baking business, was looking for a part-time job. She started...

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Stand Up to Falling

Susan Friedrich


22 May, 2018

Most of us, if asked, would say that we want to live a long and healthy life. With advances in medicine, people are living longer than ever before – well into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond. While living a long life with good health is a blessing, without good health...

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Caregiver Profile: Azieb Wendale

Elizabeth Ohollaren


22 May, 2018

Azieb Wendale is patient and persistent; two qualities that she calls on frequently in both her home and work lives. Seventeen years ago, in 2001, Azieb left her home in Ethiopia to join her mother who had immigrated to the U.S., settling in Seattle. Azieb’s mother had left when...

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Dear Sheila: Make Way for Mom

Sheila McKannay


20 April, 2018

Dear Sheila, Today I got a call from my mother who said, “It’s time for me to move.” I’ve been expecting this call for about a year now – mom is 84 and alone since dad died. Her eyesight is poor, and she can no longer drive, but she...

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Caregiver Profile: Astridah Nyambe

Elizabeth Ohollaren


17 April, 2018

Like so many of our caregivers, Astridah Nyambe’s first exposure to caregiving came through caring for her own family elders. When she was a teenager in Zambia her grandmother had a stroke and Astridah shared caregiving duties with other members of her family. She found that she liked helping...

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Food Safety for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 April, 2018

For those of us who provide in-home care for seniors, the issue of food safety is a serious one. Seniors are more likely to get sick from harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites in food compared to other age groups, and when they do become sick, it usually takes them...

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Dear Sheila: Not Ready to Move

Sheila McKannay


22 March, 2018

Dear Sheila, My husband and I are what you would call “active seniors.” We live in an “Over 55” community and have many friends with whom we socialize. We audit classes at the community college, attend theater and concerts, exercise, and volunteer. We’re happy and look forward to each...

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Caregiver Profile: Hilda Khonje

Elizabeth Ohollaren


20 March, 2018

Hilda Khonje grew up in Zambia where she took care of her father until he passed away. She found caregiving meaningful; “it is what I was called to do,” she says. Hilda worked as a caregiver in Zambia until 2006 when she and her family moved to the United...

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