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Caregiving During the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family, friends, and loved ones. The holidays are the time to be joyful. This year, unfortunately, rings different. The luxury of being around family and friends is no longer encouraged due to the pandemic. With the recent surge of the Coronavirus in our community, it is… Read More

Elder Abuse during the time of COVID-19

Another growing concern brought on to us by COVID-19 is the surprising uptick in reported cases of elder abuse during this time. Experts say the reasoning behind this could be the fact that these seniors are quarantined and isolated, therefore making it difficult for signs of abuse to be detected. Unfortunately, there are various types… Read More

DEMENTIA, ANGRY OUTBURSTS

Dealing with a parent’s dementia is difficult especially when it has taken a drastic decline. Vic Railton, a caregiver, shares her experience witnessing her mom’s uphill battle with dementia that has taken a turn for the worse. She writes: “For the first time ever since her diagnosis, her confusion and angry outbursts have become an… Read More

Community Foundation 2019 Impact Report

The purpose of the Impact Report is to communicate the significant contributions and the difference we have made in the community. With the mission of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter, it is vital for us to show… Read More

Mental Health for Seniors During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused uncertainty, fear, and anxiety for a lot of people, which can be detrimental to anyone’s mental health. Now that we are going slowly transitioning back to our new norm with most going back to their regular schedule, there are still residual events from having experienced the world in a pandemic… Read More

Caregiving during COVID-19

The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented time for everyone. People of all ages are at risk of contracting the Coronavirus, with seniors being the most vulnerable and at high risk, which can pose as a serious concern for family caregivers. Our current situation can also prove to be a stressful time for family caregivers in… Read More

Respite Care and its Barriers

Respite is defined as: for family care partners who provide ongoing care to someone with a chronic or disabling condition or for a family facing undue hardship or crisis. Respite means planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family care… Read More

Respite Care and Why it is Important

Respite – taking a break from caregiving is so very important and is most effective if it is started early in the caregiving experience and is consistent throughout.  Unfortunately, many care partners wait until they are overwhelmed, exhausted, and/or in a crisis to seek help with their caregiving, i.e.: respite. Definition res·pite /ˈrespət,rēˈspīt/ For family… Read More

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care has been defined as “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all appropriate treatment. It aims to control pain, help facilitate communication among treating clinicians and the communication of clinicians with patients and families. It… Read More

Why Support Groups are Important

Support groups can be helpful if you are facing a major setback in life, or if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It is important that you do not go through it alone. Studies have shown the impact on caregivers can be detrimental when they are burnt out and could potentially be… Read More

The Cost of Unresolved Grief

The Impact of grief on Society:  While death is a normal part of life, our society doesn’t do well with the complications of grief that follow the death of a close loved-one.  People often feel alone and unable to move forward in their lives, depending on factors such as the closeness of the relationship, the… Read More

Preparing for End of Life and Death

End of life is inevitable. We all die, whether it is expected or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love and create the opportunity for end of life and death that maintains self-control. If you are reading these words,… Read More

One Simple Practice

One simple practice a friend shared with me has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into my consciousness, I literally say out loud, “One thing, Vic. Just one thing.”  Hearing that simple phrase re-centers my head and my next… Read More

Therapy Intervention is All About Relationships

Therapy is truly beneficial for your mental health. To ensure that you receive the most benefits out of a therapy session, you must consider the relationship you have with your therapist.  It may be that your care partner will need physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of an intervention to improve and maintain the… Read More

Preventing Financial Scams

There are many kinds of financial scams. Strange calls asking for your Social Security Number. A romantic partner controlling your finances. Caregivers exploiting the elderly. Predatory loans. Someone claiming you have been scammed and they need to verify your bank account number. The Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative was created to help both young… Read More

When “Friends” Become Too Much

When do friends become too much? Following yesterday’s blog, “Authentic Independence,” I mentioned being cautious of certain individuals.  Though they may be friends, be aware and beware of individuals who suck you dry emotionally.  Take inventory of who you are around and what they are doing to you, as well as what they are doing… Read More

Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for long-term care should be mandatory due to a lot of unexpected factors that could arise. Health care is expected to remain one of the biggest expenses in retirement. Medicare, along with Medicare-approved insurance plans such as Medigap or Medicare Advantage, may cover a large part of traditional medical expenses. However, it does not… Read More

The CARE Act

The CARE Act passed the Nevada legislature largely with help from AARP in 2015.  It employs three simple things to help family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized. First, caregivers are designated in their loved one’s medical record. Second, the caregiver is notified before the loved one is discharged from the hospital. Thirdly, the… Read More

Respite Care for Caregivers

The dictionary describes respite as, “A short period of rest or relief from something difficult.” Being a caregiver for an adult, whether that adult is a parent, spouse, child, other family member or life partner, is one of the most difficult tasks that life hands to people. Caregiving is a 24-hour job, 7 days a week.  Taking… Read More

GRIEF AND GRIEVING FROM A PERSONAL VIEWPOINT

The dictionary defines grief as, “Deep sorrow, especially that is caused by someone’s death.”   “Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay.  Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith, it is the price of love.” – Author unknown People grieve in many different… Read More

Why Support Groups Are Essential For Caregivers

Many people are born with an innate sense of selflessness; one that motivates people to go out of their way to help others before they help themselves. We all know someone like this; maybe it’s the neighbor who always shovels a pathway through the snow on your driveway the morning after a storm, that one… Read More

Becoming Someone Else’s Hero

The truth of the matter is, when you are a caregiver, you go beyond your job. You go beyond yourself. You become a nurturer and a healer. You learn how to become empathetic and compassionate to those in need. You learn the virtue of being patient. You learn to be flexible with your time because… Read More

Honor Jones: Family Caregiver and Volunteer

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Ride Sharing and Caregiving

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Caregiver Employee Toolkit

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Recognizing When You Need A Break

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Caregiving in the Sandwich Generation

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Caregiving – Do I Include Family and Friends?

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A Guide to Getting Paid for Family Caregiving in Nevada

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Three Resources to Help Caregivers Facing Social Isolation and Loneliness

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Creating and Expanding Your Circle of Support

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Saying Goodbye

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Community Conversation on Caregivers in the Workforce – Get Your Questions Answered

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Family Estate Planning Series Answers Caregiver Questions

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 3

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 2

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 1

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Nevada Caregiver Awards Luncheon

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When Caregiving Ends

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Technology helping us Age in Place

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Welcome to Washoe Caregivers!

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