Dear Sheila: Thanking the Caregivers

Sheila McKannay


24 July, 2018

Dear Sheila, My dad has been given only a few months to live. Right now he is at home with caregivers and a hospice nurse who are working together to coordinate his care. His doctor says that he may soon need to move to a hospice facility, and if...

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Caregiver Profile: Perlita Quinones

Elizabeth Ohollaren


13 July, 2018

Perlita Quinones has nine siblings, all of whom emigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines. Fortunately, Perlita is a patient person because, despite being sponsored by her sister, it took 24 years from the time she applied for her U.S. visa to when she was allowed to emigrate. She...

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Managing Stress – A Must for Caregivers

Susan Friedrich


13 July, 2018

Much well-deserved attention is paid to the physical and emotional impact on family caregivers of caring for an older or disabled family member. In Taking Care of YOU: Self-Care for Family Caregivers, the Family Caregiver Alliance reminds readers that when on an airplane, the first rule is to always put on your...

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Dear Sheila: Petrified Daughter

Sheila McKannay


25 June, 2018

Dear Sheila, I am the only child of parents who are in their late 70’s and very active. We have never discussed what they want to do as they age; where to live, how much money they have, do they want to be buried or cremated, who will manage...

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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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