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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

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