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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Bringing Art and Music Home

Susan Friedrich


19 March, 2018

Difficulty remembering conversations, names or events, problems speaking, confusion, and behavior changes are some of the most debilitating symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. Verbal communication is the main way we express ourselves, and when that ability is lost it leaves the person less able to...

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Dear Sheila: Sharp Mind in an Old Body

Sheila McKannay


23 February, 2018

Dear Sheila, My mother is 94 and looks 20 years younger. Her mind is sharp, and her memory is better than mine. But her hearing is poor, even with hearing aids, and macular degeneration has all but taken her sight. A fall, 2 years ago, compromised her ability to...

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The Unique Challenges of Dementia Care

Susan Friedrich


19 February, 2018

Dementia is often talked about as if it’s a specific illness or disease, but it’s not. According to the Mayo Clinic, “….dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “When Alzheimer’s disrupts memory, language,...

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Caregiver Profile: Esther McMillon

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 February, 2018

Esther McMillon came to Family Resource Home Care in 2012 already an experienced caregiver. Her first experience was with her grandmother in Kenya who she cared for each day after school. After graduating high school, Esther did clerical work for the Ministry of Finance but office work was not...

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Dear Sheila: When a Devoted Spouse Dies

Sheila McKannay


25 January, 2018

Dear Sheila, My parents live in a retirement community. My dad has terminal cancer and is under hospice care and I’m worried about how my mom will manage once he passes. They were never very social and had no hobbies or activities. They were devoted to each other and...

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