Blog Posts - Eldercare



Christmas Eve 2016 is Mom's 95th - Here's Her Present

My mother was born on Christmas Eve, 1921. Mom always said the timing of her birth was poor planning on her parents' part because she never had a proper birthday party that was separate from Christmas celebrations - to say nothing of the fact that my...

Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving. &n...

HEALTHY AGING WITH MODERN TECH AT HOME

I am pleased to host today's guest post by Maria, our regular contributor on assistive technology here at The Caregivers' Living Room. Maria is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the...

What Happened When Neighbors Heard a Senior Couple Weeping

A conversation I had a couple of years ago has remained vivid in my memory. My colleague came into work one day looking upset and wan. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that on his morning walk, he heard an old woman crying and calling out th...

How Caregivers Can Spot Elder Abuse

 I am happy to host this guest post from NY lawyer Laurence Banville. In our family, we are blessed that my Mom has never displayed signs of abuse, but we are watchful and I'm glad to know all the signs. When elders become physically weak,...

Consumer Report: Best Medical Alert Systems

Last Thursday, I had just arrived at the cottage to begin our summer holiday when the telephone rang. It was my niece. Mom had fallen and was in an ambulance on the way to hospital.  As it happened, my sister was out of the country, so I quickly...

Not Everything Is Always Perfect

What is perfect? More to the point what is perfect for you will probably not be perfect for anyone else. I’ve been helping a friend with their aged loved one and it has been very interesting for me to witness the different family dynamics. And to s...
by It's a Stage Not an and Age on Jun 10, 2016

FALL PREVENTION TECHNOLOGY - YES, IT EXISTS!

My Mom is 94 and prone to falling, so I am pleased to host this important guest post by a regular guest blogger here at the Caregivers' Living Room. Thank you, Maria!Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among the elderly, according...

Motherhood: The Currency of Need and Love

At the moment of birth, there is suddenly stillness and a collective intake of breath. There is recognition by everyone that a momentous and transformative event has taken place – a miracle.  A new baby is placed on a mother’s breast and lif...

Senior Living Considerations

It's my pleasure to host this guest post. The topic interests me particularly because recently, we had future planning discussions and tours of local senior care homes with my Mom. In the end, we decided to continue supporting Mom in her independent...

THE INFALLIBLE PRESENCE OF JOY

Priya Soni is a new friend and fellow caregiver. Like me, Priya has a background in theatre as well as a natural love for storytelling. Like me, she seeks meaning in her caregiving experience and wants to help others do the same.  I encourage yo...

Do you know what support you need?

If you asked me this question during my caring journey I wouldn’t have been able to answer you. I was so overwhelmed with what was going on I just stumbled from one challenge to the next. It wasn’t until I was on the final stages of my caring jou...
by It's a Stage Not an and Age on Apr 5, 2016

ASSESSING THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF NURSING HOMES

4 Tips for Finding Quality Nursing Home CareGuest Post by Andrew EganNursing homes or assisted living facilities can help take care of ailing family members or loved ones. At their best, nursing homes can provide a valuable service and essential care...

Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue – yes it is a thing. I recently found some information about Compassion Fatigue, it is a term that is common place in professions that deal with trauma on a regular basis – hospital staff, police or the frontline carers. Howeve...
by It's a Stage Not an and Age on Mar 15, 2016

It’s Ok To Want Support

We get so caught up in what we think should be like or do. We think we need to be the tough strong one doing it all alone. Baloney… Balderdash …Hogwash! Life is tough and at times we need some support. As shared in our book “Tough…Tough Times...
by It's a Stage Not an and Age on Mar 8, 2016

TECHNOLOGY AND THE ELDERLY: A NEW ERA

A Wonderful Guest Post by Ron Burg of alreadyhomecare.com.  Check out these new tech products for seniors and caregivers. Thank you, Ron!As your parents and loved ones age, younger generations in the family are often left worried about the care...

How to Make the Right Decision for Everyone.

Decisions are never easy. You know I am right – if it was easy then we would make them more often. I am faced with a decision at the moment and in the scheme of things it isn’t that huge however it is a very emotional issue and I am flip flopping...
by It's a Stage Not an and Age on Feb 8, 2016

Its been inside the garage all these years

You came to visit and take an inventory.Mom has relocated to the  retirement centre and the house vacant for over a year.  The carry costs are accruing. There in the back; the Soap Box Racer that you built with your Dad and saved for n...
by Living in Toronto on Feb 5, 2016

Celebrating the Holidays at Home with Seniors

Guest post by Maria RamosWhile generally a time of cheer and celebration, the holidays pose their own set of challenges for seniors and those living with disabilities. The holidays are a time for family and friends, and generally everybody wants to g...

DOUBLE VISION in the ER - DO THEY SEE WHAT I SEE?

My friend and colleague Vickie Cammack and I are co-writing a book of reflections on caregiving.  Vickie and I would love to know your thoughts about our work so far!  This is the first instalment by Vickie from a section we're wo...


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