Constantly Changing Bedding Can Be a Challenging Part of Dementia Care
Being a dementia caregiver is hard work in more ways than people who haven't done it can imagine. However, one practical problem is something most people can relate to which is that drenched sheets and/or furniture are something no one wants. The reality is that this is a struggle because improving this situation often means changing both our approach to incontinence and using better and more varied products.  Continue reading for some tips about managing this problem as well as ideas that might help you deal with the practical side: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 23, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How's Your Brain? BrainGuide by UsAgainstAlzheimer's Provides a Great Tool to Find Out
There's an exciting new way to see how your brain is doing - or that of a loved one. Yes, finding out more about our brain health can be scary but there's also a chance that you'll be reassured. Whatever the result, if you take an assessment you'll be wiser and have more resources to investigate. Worried about a loved one? The BrainGuide will help you move forward with them, as well. BrainGuide will guide you to resources and can also sign up for a newsletter if you choose. From UsAgainstAlzheimers: · BrainGuide by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s offers tailored resources to help you find the best next steps in your or a...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 22, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Are Palliative Care and Hospice the Same? If Not, What's Different?
Palliative care is delivered by hospice but is hospice delivered by palliative care? Where to they differ? How do I decide which is the right choice to pursue for my loved one who is suffering?  Continue reading on Egosancares blog to learn more about the two services and how they are the same in some aspects but different in others: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 21, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Is Your Fear for Your Older Adult's Safety Interfering with Their Mental Health?
I know. I'm guilty of it myself. Seeing an older adult, particularly one you love, taking a part in activities that could cripple or even kill them makes you want to scream. Sometimes you do. "You shouldn't be doing that (fill in the blank for "that") at your age! " Practically speaking, you are likely right because older bodies rarely have the balance and residual ability to heal that younger bodies have. Bone strength and muscle mass decline. A bad fall could take away their mobility or end their life. Yet, there is more to life than sitting in a comfy chair to prevent getting hurt. For some (not all)...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 20, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

People Living with Dementia Often Fight Taking a Bath Or Shower: What to Do
A common frustration with dementia caregivers is that the person for whom they are caring fights them when they try to get them into the bath or shower. Worry about health risks due to dirty skin is part of it, as is concern over possible UTIs. Reasoning doesn't help, of course, so how do you go about this?  Read about this on Egosancares blog to learn some reasons behind this behavior and how you might go about make improving the situation: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.”&...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 19, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Distance Adult Child Feels Left Out of Parent ’s End-Of-Life Care
Photo image Abigail Keenan Dear Carol: My dad and I were always emotionally close even after I became an adult.  Three years ago, I moved 500 hundred miles away due to my husband’s work, so it became harder to communicate since Dad wasn’t good with technology. I used to visit every month which helped, but of course, COVID distanced us. Dad’s now in hospice care. Since we’re all vaccinated, I’m cleared to go, but my sister and Dad’s wife continue to hold me off. They say he’s still at risk even though I said that I’d wear a mask. Since he and I can’t communicate dir...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 18, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Fighting Urine In the Home Odor Due to Incontinence Can Be An Ongoing Problem
Urine odor in the home can be a challenge to control when people have incontinence, particularly when dementia is part of the equation. Are you looking for some tips to get the smell out of clothing and bedding?  Read more on Egosancares blog for tips to eliminate urine odor   Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20%...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 17, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

With the Right Management Incontinence Won't Stop a Man from Being a "Guy"
Photo credit Bradley Dunn Women are certainly not thrilled if they find that they are facing incontinence issues, however, men can often feel as if letting the "guys" know will damage their credibility. Read about an older man who loves fixing classic cars with his group, yet fears they will learn of his incontinence - on Egosancares blog: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egos...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 16, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Incontinence Needn't Stop People from Enjoying Life with Others
  Photo credit Evelin  Tomic 'How does an older adult who lives with incontinence go on having outings with fishing friends? This concerned daughter writers to Ask Carol wondering how to help her dad have fun. Read about this  caregiving dilemma on Egosancares blog: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 15, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Customers Rave About Egosan Quality but Customer Service As Well
One customer who bought Egosan diapers by the case for his mother who lived with Alzheimer's. He had a new order when she died. Do you wonder how Egosan handled his dilemma?  Read more about Egosan's customer service on the Egosancares blog: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 14, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Some Medications Can Heighten Fall Risk for Older Adults
Any medication should be monitored carefully for older adults, however, a new one added to an already significant list of medications should be considered with extra care. Fall risk can increase with many meds, so the cumulative effect could be dangerous. Read more on Egosancares blog about medications and fall risk: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 13, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Surprising Ways Gut Bacteria Affect Health
It's not sexy but it’s real. Many scientists are now looking at the gut as a primary source of many diseases that plague humankind. Probiotics, the prebiotics that they feed upon in the gut, as well as changes in our diet are being studied as possible methods of preventing or curing major diseases. Read more on HealthCentral for tips about how gut bacteria can influence our health - including cognitive health: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or in...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 12, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Older, Sicker Adults May Want to Consider an Additional End-Of-Life Document
Photo credit Scott Graham Dear Carol: Even though I’m an older adult myself, I read your column regularly and like your balanced responses. I know that you’ve addressed the problem of getting older adults to talk about future planning and I agree. My children know my preferences and I have the traditional legal work in place. In your opinion, has COVID changed anything about how we should approach our legal work?  AR Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about documents that can help families navigate the difficult end-of-life journey with someone they love: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their P...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 11, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Can Some Medications Trigger or Aggravate Cognitive or Incontinence Problems?  
It's so easy to forget that each medication that a person takes has risks as well as benefits and those risks can include brain issues as well as incontinence.  Read about the risk of unwanted side effects of many drugs on Egosancares blog: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has an additional 10% discount for you. ***Egosan’s PEFC certification guarantees that their product...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 10, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

What Can Cause An Older Adult to Exhibit   Sudden Confusion or Personality Changes?
Did your parent or spouse living with dementia - or even someone not showing signs - suddenly change personalities or act confused? There could be a fairly common explanation for this.  Read about how sudden personality changes or unusual confusion can signal a number of things: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has an additional 10% discount for you. ***Egosan’s PEFC cert...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 9, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Are There Different Types of Urinary Incontinence? Oh, Yes!
Urinary incontinence is the most common type of incontinence but there isn't just one cause. Continue reading on Egosancares blog for more about types of urinary incontinence and different approaches to managing it: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has an additional 10% discount for you. ***Egosan’s PEFC certification guarantees that their products are from sustainable, manage...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 8, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Can What You Eat Affect Frequency of Incontinence?
...Situations such as dementia, heart ailments, and incontinence do not go away whether your loved one is in a care facility or at home with you. In fact now, as countless people have become home caregivers with little or no respite because of COVID-19, reliable caregiving information is even more vital than in the past. Continue reading on Egosancares blog for more about how food can aggravate incontinence: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence qu...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 7, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Why Would Older Adults Refuse to Wear Incontinence Products Despite Smell?
Why on earth would your older parent prefer to smell rather than wear a simple incontinence pad, you ask? It's more complicated than younger people think.  Continue reading on Egosancares blog to learn more about why adults can be so stubborn about wearing needed incontinence protection: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has an additional 10% discount for you. ***Egosan’s ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 6, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Avoiding Defensiveness When Communicating with Your Older Parents
None of us likes to feel that we're always doing things wrong - or worse simply "losing it." Approaching your older parents with a compassionate mindset and understanding their view can take you far in getting your point across: Continue reading on Egosancares blog for help with improving your communication with your aging parents: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has an a...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 5, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Thinking of Older Parents as Stubborn Toddlers Sure To Backfire
Photo credit Joe Hepburn Dear Carol: My parents are in their 80s and have some health challenges. Dad can’t fix things like he did, and Mom can’t clean that well. Mostly, though, I’m afraid they’ll fall trying to do maintenance. They’ve always been content with each other’s company, so the virus lockdown wasn’t tough on them, but now that they’ve been vaccinated, I think that it’s safe for them to move to assisted living. I’ve been badgering them for years, telling them how great a particular assisted living facility is and how much safer they’d be living th...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 4, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Is An Older Adult You Love Careless About Bathing? How to Help
Many younger people will become frustrated because their older grandparents or parents don't seem to be bathing as often as society dictates. Is this a problem or is it something that makes sense when you understand the reasoning? How can you help if help is needed? Egosancares offers some ideas about how to approach this and manage it when needed: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosa...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 3, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Is An Older Adult You Love About Careless About Bathing? How to Help
Many younger people will become frustrated because their older grandparents or parents don't seem to be bathing as often as society dictates. Is this a problem or is it something that makes sense when you understand the reasoning? How can you help if help is needed? Egosancares offers some ideas about how to approach this and manage it when needed: Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “I hold onto your book as a life preserver and am reading it slowly on purpose...I don't want it to end.” ...Craig William Dayton, Film Composer Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosa...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 3, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Should Your Older Parent Move in With You?
Photo credit CDC/unsplash Decades ago, it was fairly common to have grandparents living with family and it often worked well. It did for my family. My parents built a new house that could accommodate all the different generations and afforded some privacy for all. Grandma moved in, and the arrangement worked. My mom did not work outside the home, so there was nearly always someone home with Grandma. I was also a born caregiver and gladly did what I could to help with both my toddler sister and my grandmother. These days, having an aging loved one move in is still an option for some families, but it has become more complica...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 2, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Balancing an Elder's Sense of Purpose with Their Safety
Photo credit Waldemar Brandt A recent question on the AgingCare Caregiver Forum brought back memories from my early days of caregiving. The member wrote, “My 81-year-old father still thinks he can do handyman jobs around the house, including climbing ladders, using power tools, etc. How do I convince him that this is dangerous and he must stop?” This post really struck a chord with me. Most seniors need to feel useful to enjoy a high quality of life. Continue reading on Agingcare for more insight into how we need to balance what our elders want to do with safety concerns: Egosan wants to help you live your life...
Source: Minding Our Elders - April 1, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

When Siblings Can ’t Agree on a Parent’s Care Needs
Photo credit Uriel Soberanes ...For most families, navigating eldercare decisions falls somewhere between these two extremes. Caregiving has a way of sneaking up on people, though. Generally, the adult child living nearest the aging parent(s) is who becomes, at the first sign of need, the default caregiver. That usually makes sense because proximity is a huge factor in how quickly or frequently a family caregiver can check-in on or assist a loved one. However, a few quick tasks and offers of help can quickly get out of hand. Your folks need. Continue reading on Agingcare for more about how to cope when siblings disagree on...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 31, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Life As a Caregiver: How to Make Tough Care Decisions
Photo credit Francisco Moreno Even when we have had conversations with our loved ones about their wishes under certain circumstances, life is rarely so neat that we are presented with clear choices of which there is a straightforward “winner.” For this reason, caregivers often need to make tough decisions under sometimes murky conditions. Continue reading on Agingcare to learn more about the potential for tough end-of-life decisions - even if "everything is in place" legally: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off you...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 30, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Tips for Handling Controlling Older Parents
Photo credit Angels Vicente ...Maybe your controlling elderly mother demands that you keep her company around the clock, but she certainly won’t watch any of the television shows you enjoy. Your overbearing father might refuse to let you help him bathe, but there’s also no way he’ll ever let a professional bath aide set foot in the house. Perhaps your spouse complains constantly about the food you carefully prepare each day and the clothing you pick out for them every morning. You do all of these things out of love only to be met with disdain. While your loved one’s negative attitude Continue r...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 29, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Grief Over a Death Can Suddenly Become Acute Years Later
Photo credit Abigail Keenan Dear Carol: Both of my parents died in late 2019. My dad had a stroke that completely overwhelmed his body, so he died quickly. Everyone in the family knew that if he’d had a choice between death and being left paralyzed, he’d have chosen to die the way he did. We grieved deeply but remembering this helped most of us cope. Mom, though, was devastated. I know that it's different when people lose a spouse, but she just couldn’t get a grip. Her health had been pretty decent, but two months after Dad died, her heart gave out. We think she just gave up because she wanted to be ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 28, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

“I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”
Photo credit Richard James Caregiving is a job that is full of ups and downs. Many of us take on this role out of love and concern. But as care needs increase, the pressure ramps up and we are faced with difficult care decisions. Many of us promised in good faith, back when our loved ones were younger and healthier, that we would never put them in a nursing home. That would be like abandoning them. If need be, it’s our pledge to care for them ourselves until the end. Continue reading for about how we often make the well-meaning mistake of promising not to place a parent in a care facility: Egosan wants to help you li...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 27, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

What to Do When an Older Adult Refuses to Bathe and Change Their Clothes
Photo credit Baham Bayat When it comes to caring for the elderly, hygiene issues are surprisingly common. Determining why their bathing habits have changed is the best way to devise a successful strategy for getting a senior to shower regularly and wear clean clothes. There are many possible culprits, and several factors often combine to form a perfect unhygienic storm. At best, poor hygiene can result in minor body odor and an unkempt appearance. However, extreme changes in bathing habits can border on self-neglect... Continue reading on Agingcare for insight into the frustrating problem of older adults who may not w...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 26, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Minimizing Grief for a Surviving Spouse with Dementia
Photo credit Jeremy Wong Deciding whether to tell someone who is cognitively impaired that their spouse has died is a serious and often recurring struggle. Dementia and death are sad and challenging enough on their own, but when they coincide, the result can be truly heartbreaking. For someone who has never experienced the challenges of caring for someone with dementia, decisions about telling the truth may seem like a no-brainer. However, as with many dementia-related quandaries, the question and answer are far more complex for those facing this reality. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to this painful situatio...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 25, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Siblings Who Care More About Their Inheritance Than Mom and Dad ’s Care
Photo credit Uriel Soberanes “We don’t want strangers taking care of Mom!” “We promised Dad he would never have to go to a nursing home!” “If you really love Mom and Dad, you should be able to keep caring for them at home!” Ah, siblings. Some are a joy—our very first and forever friends in life. Others are more of a nuisance, a source of drama that comes and goes over the years. But when a parent falls ill or needs additional help as they age, these family relationships are truly put to the test. Continue reading on Agingcare for more insight into what might be going on when ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 24, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Living with Elderly Parents: Do You Regret the Decision?
Photo credit Alev Takil If you are like most family caregivers, you probably made a promise to your parent(s) years ago that you would never place them in a long-term care facility. You assured them that you would be the one to see to their care no matter what. After all, that is what family does, right? But when it becomes clear that one or both parents need an increasing amount of assistance, many adult children find themselves in a delicate situation. Those who take the time to think through this decision are often plagued by questions and what-if scenarios. How much help does Mom actually need? Is Dad just lonely livin...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 23, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Surprise! Your Dark Thoughts on Bad Caregiving Days Aren't Unique to You
Photo credit Caleb George Wouldn’t it be nice to be a family caregiver who never gets frustrated and is an eternal optimist? Maybe there are some like that out there. If you are one of them, I applaud your emotional strength and resilience. However, many of us who have provided care for aging and ill loved ones do not fall into that category. I know I don’t. Each day, we face new challenges and try, once again, to solve those that keep recurring. Being a caregiver is hard work, and it is impossible to keep a level head at all times. Moments of sadness, frustration, and anger can easily get the best of us a...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 22, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Some Older Parents Take for Granted An Adult Child's Ability to Help
Photo credit Sven Mieke Dear Carol: My parents are in their 70s and healthy. I love them, but I’m worried because they take for granted that when the inevitable health problems begin to happen, I will be their caregiver. This even includes moving in with them. I’m single and renting, but I’m 41 and want to buy a home, have a social life, and date. My work is demanding but enjoyable, and I need the income. I think they have this attitude because my grandparents lived with us, but Mom didn't have an outside job. I will do what I can to help them, but they can’t depend on me to give up my life. I want ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 21, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Transitioning Care from Family to Facility
Most people are aware that transition to facility care may be hard on elders but many don’t realize that it can be hard on caregivers, too. We’ve tried our best but our best is no longer enough. Irrational as it may seem to others, at this stage we may feel like we’ve failed. Quite honestly, we may keep trying to do it alone far longer than we should.  Continue reading on HealthCentral for more insight into the often painful transition to a care facility: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Ama...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 20, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Urine Smell Due To Incontience Challenging Otherwise Successful Caregiver
Many multigenerational families live together peacefully even when dementia care is involved, but managing someone who can't remember where the toilet is can be a game-changer. This family is dealing with that particular challenge and needs some help. Get some tips on Egosancares about managing incontinence when someone is living with dementia: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREGIVERS. General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL.  She has a...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 19, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Coping With Older Adults Who Won ’t Accept In-Home Caregivers
Photo credit Matteo Vistascca ...I’m not the first family caregiver to struggle with getting a senior to accept home care. Families hire these services to provide valuable respite time and quality care for seniors, but what is a caregiver to do when their loved one refuses to cooperate with this new addition to their care plan? Continue reading on Agingcare for insight into why some older adults become so rigid and refuse in-home care: Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook  General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK C...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 18, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

The Stages of Alzheimer's and the Caregiver's Role In Determining Care
While Alzheimer's disease will progress differently for each person, scientists and clinicians have attempted to stage the disease as a way that helps people living with Alzheimer’s and their families understand what is happening, as well as to plan for the future. Some divide AD into seven stages, some five stages, but currently three stages is the format most often used. The Alzheimer's Association uses three stages, so that is what we will use for our foundation here. Continue reading on HealthCentral for insight into the stages of Alzheimer's and what you need to know about them: Egosan wants to help you liv...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 17, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Grief: Working It Through Doesn't Mean Forgetting
"Dr. Gross, in reading “The Only Way Out,” I was especially taken with your advice about saying goodbye to your old life and letting go of what was before you can move on. This is a complicated process and your book takes this in-depth, but could you give us a few brief tips that people can hold on to? Continue reading on HealthCentral for more insight into how we can get through grief by going through it - painful as that process is: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CAREG...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 16, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Are You Confused About the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?
This reader's mom has many health problems and is nearing end-of-life care. She doesn't understand palliative care and what the difference is between that and hospice. Continue reading on Egosancares Blog to learn about the differences between the two services: Purchase Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories – paperback or ebook  General caregiving or incontinence questions? We’re here to help with ASK CAROL. Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear for discrete, dignified protection. For 20% off your first order on Amazon use promo Code: 20CareGive...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 15, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Shadowing of Caregiver Is Generally Related to Anxiety or Fear
Photo credit Anthony Metcalf Dear Carol: My mother, 78, lives with us. She has Alzheimer’s and it was going all right until lately, but now it’s gotten so that she follows me around the house all the time. She can’t stand losing sight of me, even when I want to use the bathroom.  I know I can’t handle this long-term. My husband is good with her and would sit with her while I get a little peace, but that doesn’t help. She still needs to have me in her sight. Do you have any suggestions? – KJ Continue reading on Inforum to learn more about shadowing and how to manage it: Minding ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 14, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Protecting Bedding and Furniture Can Be Exhausting for Dementia Caregivers
Dear Carol: ...We use in-home care, so I get breaks and it’s working out okay. What gets to me, though, is the whole sheet-changing routine that goes on every morning – and sometimes during the night - because of Dad's incontinence. He wears a nighttime diaper, but they all seem to leak. Dad can walk with assistance but just getting him up and walking seems to bring on the urine flow, so even if we could catch him before he lets go, he doesn’t make it to the bathroom. Continue reading on Egosancares blog to learn more about how the right protection can help limit some of the damage and extra work tha...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 13, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Palliative Care Or Hospice Care: If You're Confused You Aren't Alone
Dear Carol: ... I ask about how I can make her life better at this stage. She has an inhaler for her lungs, but they don’t seem willing to prescribe medications or advice other than keep her comfortable. Well, how do I go about that? Should she be on hospice? I’ve heard of something called palliative care, but I don’t understand it and no doctor has mentioned it. Can you help me? Continue reading on Egosancares blog for more insight into  both services so that you'll know where to start when lack of comfort is an issue: Egosan wants to help you live your life fully: Try Egosan premium underwear ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 12, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How Common Is Fecal Incontinence and What Causes It?
Many conditions can carry as a side effect some degree of fecal incontinence, so if you are affected, or someone you care for is struggling with the issue, having a better understanding of the potential causes could help ease the way toward treatment or acceptance. First, of course, realize that for any type of incontinence, working closely with your doctor is important since many types can be lessened or even corrected with proper medical care. Fecal incontinence is not nearly as common as urinary incontinence... Continue reading on Egosancares blog for more insight and information about fecal incontin...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 11, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How Would You Deal with Incontinence At Age 22?
"Doctors were able to set my hip, but they told me that nothing could be done about my bladder. I then looked down and noticed that they had me in a giant adult diaper. I remember crying a lot at the news and feeling childish for doing that, but there was nothing I could do about it my reaction, either. ..My parents came and they were told everything. My mom was kind of supportive, but my stepdad was mean saying stuff like, “Oh, so he's a baby and can't hold nothing. I’m not buying him diapers.” Continue reading on Egsoancares blog to learn Matt's story and more about how close any of us could be to ...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 10, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

What You Think Is Risky for Your Older Parent Might Be What They Need
Dear Carol: ...He’s always loved snow skiing though thankfully he settles for just cross-country skiing on our flat trails. He still wants to ride his bike in all seasons except winter, and that scares me to death.  He says this is healthy. Yes, but what if he falls while doing these things? How do I convince him that he’s risking life and limb with the way he lives? His brain seems to be working fine so I’m limited in how much I can intervene, but I live in fear that he will have a terrible accident and end up in a wheelchair or even die. Help! – Dad’s protector Continue reading on Egosa...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 9, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

Caregiver's Need To Watch for Common Signs Of Burnout
Dear Carol: ...The family has handled all of this but now her thinking is getting foggy. She’s resisted moving to assisted living even though we all know that this would probably be best. I work full time, so even though I live in her community, I can’t be with her all the time. I also have teenage kids so even checking on Mom every day is getting to be too much. I know that I’m just getting started with this parent care work but I’m already feeling like I can hardly keep going with it. What’s my next step? My siblings live far away, so even though they are willing to be involved, what they ca...
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 8, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

How to Challenge Facility That Claims Medicare Won't Cover Continuing PT
Discussions with Elders about HousingTips for Caring for A Person Living with Dementia Who Has Become Incontinent  (Source: Minding Our Elders)
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 7, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs

There Are Many Routes Toward Incontience: Education Helps Us Understand
Discussions with Elders about HousingGeriatrician Offers Comprehensive Roadmap for Helping Older Parents  (Source: Minding Our Elders)
Source: Minding Our Elders - March 6, 2021 Category: Geriatrics Authors: Carol Bradley Bursack Source Type: blogs