Everything listed under: Caregiving

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    Clever Ways Senior Housing Has Kept Residents Engaged During the Pandemic

    By Richard Eisenberg for Next AvenueWhen Senior Living Foresight, a website for senior living community developers and operators, asked if I’d volunteer to host its April 24 Virtual Summit panel: How Senior Housing Is Keeping Residents Engaged in the Pandemic, I agreed. But I was a little dubious about the premise.After all, we’re well aware of the COVID-19 problems some long-term care communities, their residents and families have been dealing with the virus’ spread;...  Read More...

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    The Blindside Wipeout of Grief

    By Jackson Rainer for Next AvenueOn an ordinary afternoon walking through Wal-Mart in search of those affordable staples everyone finds at big-box stores, I passed a family having typical squabbles with each other — teens arguing with their parents, a young child begging for a sugary snack — all tense and irritated. I nodded, agreeing with myself that I was glad to be past that age and stage of life, acknowledging that this is what families normally do when they get in each othe...  Read More...

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    Years Caring for His Wife Transformed This Doctor’s View of Health Care

    By Judith Graham for Next AvenueCaring for someone with a serious illness stretches people spiritually and emotionally, often beyond what they might have thought possible.Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University, calls this “enduring the unendurable” in his recently published book, The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.The book describes Kleinman’s awakening to the realities of caregiving when his belov...  Read More...

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    Why It’s Best to Involve People With Early Stage Dementia in Care Planning

    By Judy Stringer-Holman for Next AvenueReceiving a diagnosis of early stage dementia can fill a person and that person’s loved ones with fear and anxiety about what the future holds.Yet, dementia can progress slowly over years, giving people and their families and friends plenty of time to plan for the future together.In too many cases, however, that is simply not happening, says Silvia Orsulic-Jeras, a senior research analyst at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging in Cleveland....  Read More...

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    Coping with Complicated Grief

    By Suzanne Boles for Next Avenue“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital.   Read More...