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July 06, 2023

What to know about caregiver burnout

The mental, physical and financial burdens of caregiving create a high risk for caregiver burnout.

June 01, 2023

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Elder abuse is defined as physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, willful deprivation or abandonment of a 60-year-old or older adult. Here are some facts to be aware of if you suspect someone is the victim of elder abuse. How many older Americans are abused? It is estimated that up to 5 million older Americans are abused each year. Who are the abusers?

June 01, 2023

What to consider before bringing mom and dad into your home

As adult children, it is natural to want to provide our aging parents with the best care and support possible. Sometimes moving them into our home may be a natural or necessary next step. Multigenerational households are becoming more and more common. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, one in five Americans lives in a multigenerational home.

April 28, 2023

How to manage when your loved one resists help

Caring for an older loved one can be difficult, especially when that loved one resists our help. How do you help someone who doesn’t want help, or downplays the need for help? As caregivers, we walk a fine line between making sure our loved one is safe and taken care of without restricting their independence. But there may come a time when they are no longer able to care for themselves or make good life choices. At that point, we have to step in. It becomes our job to protect them; that can become a struggle of wills, creating both emotional and logistical challenges.