3 Caregiving Expenses No One Talks About
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3 Caregiving Expenses No One Talks About

It is well-known that caregiving takes an emotional toll, and it can be physically demanding as well. Sometimes the shift to become a caregiver is carefully planned for as the health of a spouse or parent declines. In other situations the shift is sudden, such as when a person falls or experiences an unexpected health…

Depression In Caregivers – What to Look Out For
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Depression In Caregivers – What to Look Out For

Many caregivers are so busy taking care of the needs of their loved ones or clients they neglect taking care of themselves. And self-care goes beyond physical health as well. Depression in caregivers is common, and if individuals fail to nurture themselves they may not be able to care for others. If you’re a caregiver,…

Personal Consulting – How Van Blarcom Consulting Helps You
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Personal Consulting – How Van Blarcom Consulting Helps You

Many people mistake personal consulting with therapy. They believe that if they were to reach out to a consultant, they would be reaching out to a therapist, psychiatrist, or some other mental health professional who will make them discuss things they do not want to face. This is not true. Van Blarcom Consulting is something…

Early Dementia Caregiver Tips
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Early Dementia Caregiver Tips

When a spouse or loved one is diagnosed with dementia, both you and the individual diagnosed may experience frustration and sadness. Even if you had suspected the person was experiencing cognitive decline, you may be unsure how you will be able to care for them through memory loss and personality changes. Discussing early dementia caregiver…

How to Support Your Aging Parent During Illness
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How to Support Your Aging Parent During Illness

The aging process is not always easy. Illnesses abound and if your aging parent is not well, they may not be able to participate in all of the activities they once enjoyed. They may become angry and take their frustrations out on the individuals close to them, which could include you, their child. But learning…

When You Feel Defeated Caring for an Older Loved One
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When You Feel Defeated Caring for an Older Loved One

Caring for an older loved one can be difficult. You may not always know what to do, how to do it, or where to turn. If you’re feeling as though you’re just at your wit’s end, know there are ways to feel better. Talking through problems with a personal counselor and developing a new perspective…

5 Indicators of Dementia Caregivers Shouldn’t Ignore
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5 Indicators of Dementia Caregivers Shouldn’t Ignore

When people get married, they are typically not thinking about the possibility of a health crisis disrupting their relationship. But according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, one in 10 caregivers are individuals assisting their spouses. Because many of these people were not trained as healthcare professionals, they may not know what indicators of dementia…

Dealing with a Parent’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
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Dealing with a Parent’s Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Even if you’ve suspected your parent may have had Alzheimer’s disease for some time, hearing the official diagnosis can be devastating. No one wants their parents to deal with an age-related disease, but millions of Americans over the age of 65 years old are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Along with the individual’s suffering, caregivers and family members…

5 Types of Caregiver Support Groups
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5 Types of Caregiver Support Groups

Caregiver support groups provide caregivers with an opportunity to openly discuss their personal issues and feel less lonely. Many caregivers find connecting with others who are going through a similar experience supplies a path to healing. Support groups are an opportunity to make friends, learn about health care options, and reduce stress. Support groups are…

Figuring Out How to Pay for Long-Term Care
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Figuring Out How to Pay for Long-Term Care

When long-term care is needed, it can be stressful for a family. The decision itself carries a lot of emotion, and the financial figure connected to the care can be far more than a family can afford. In some instances, Medicaid is an option. Others choose to use a combination of resources, including savings and…