• Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

    Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? People dealing with COPD often believe that exercise will make things worse. Actually, in moderation, quite the opposite is true. Very real benefits. Even people with severe COPD can become more …Read More »
  • Savoring Good Experiences

    Sharing positive experiences is like sharing a good meal, warms and strengthens friendships and family bonds. There are other benefits to savoring positive experiences. Even in the privacy of your own thoughts, reflecting on pleasant memories is an easy and effective way to increase your overall happiness. Hard wired to …Read More »
  • When your Parent Drinks Too Much

    Alcohol is a sensitive subject. Consider asking your parent’s doctor or a respected friend to initially bring up the subject. Tell them the reasons for your concern: slurred speech, unexplained falls or bruises. Be specific in your examples. Your parent will have less face to save with a trusted friend or …Read More »
  • Late-life veterans’​ issues

    If the person you care for is a combat veteran, you may not have heard much about those experiences. You are not alone. In generations past, veterans made it a point to put the war behind them and “forget.” But things can take a dramatic turn in later life. As …Read More »
  • Signature Strength: Courage

    In the tradition of “positive psychology,” we encourage family caregivers to know and use their signature strengths. These personality traits can become reliable tools. Courage, for example, has many faces beyond bravado and derring-do. See if you recognize yourself in these descriptions. Honesty and integrity are facets of courage. Are you …Read More »
  • Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

      Did you know that 60% of people with flu symptoms leave the house during their illness? Furthermore, 70% of them go to the drugstore. That’s a good reason to stay clear of the pharmacy during peak cold and flu season! Good preparation involves a lot more than a vaccine. …Read More »
  • Does Mom have a Drinking Problem?

      Alcohol use is on the rise among older adults. And it’s not easy to spot. Many of the signs resemble common problems of aging drinking problem. And who wants to think that when Mom stumbles, for instance, it might be because of drinking problem?! There’s a lot of shame …Read More »
  • Preparing for Joint Replacement

    If your loved one is slated for joint surgery, don’t underestimate the impact. Expect that he or she will have reduced energy and greater needs. Limited mobility will create surprising challenges. Things you take for granted will need extra care and attention for joint surgery. Plus, the body simply needs …Read More »
  • Signature Strength: Wisdom

    Each of us has strengths . . . and, well, areas that could use improvement. As a family caregiver, you may often feel inadequate. Or guilty. Or think that you aren’t doing enough. Such negative self-assessments are common. A more balanced assessment would acknowledge that you also have qualities that …Read More »
  • Reducing the Risk of Falling

    Has your mother fallen recently? She’s not alone! One out of four older adults 65 and over experiences a fall each year. That makes falls the leading cause of injury for older adults. Falls are serious business. A few statistics: In the U.S. an older adult dies once every 20 minutes …Read More »
  • Thrifty or hoarding?

    We all accumulate belongings over the years. But when is it too much? According to Michael Tompkins, PhD, author of Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring, your family member may be in the early stages of hoarding if he or she: keeps parts of the home …Read More »