Am I Still Me? How Aging Affects Self-Identity

By Adriane Berg - November 24, 2014 09:58 AM
Who are you now? It may seem a strange question to ask an adult. By now we should pretty much have a well formed sense of self, don't you think? If truth be told, it's exactly at this stage of life that...

The Caregiver AAA Dilemma

By Linda Burhans - November 17, 2014 10:18 AM
Many times we think we're too selfish and often feel ashamed about it. But the truth is the caregivers get out of the habit of taking care of themselves. Here's how it works; you find the whole thing almost...

Parenting with Parkinson's & the Impact on Children

By Meghana Giridhar - November 12, 2014 10:25 AM
With November being National Family Caregivers’ Month, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation has announced a one-hour online seminar on how a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in a family impacts children,...

What's the Link between Parkinson's Disease and Falling?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - November 10, 2014 10:43 AM
While aging by itself can increase the risk of falling, the question for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is not if, but when will they fall. Most individuals with PD experience one or more falls every...

Myths and Misconceptions of Medicaid and Long Term Care

By David Cutner - November 03, 2014 10:26 AM
Medicaid is one of our country’s most important -- but most misunderstood -- health care programs.  This article will discuss several of the common misconceptions. “Why bother?  Who knows...

Hoarding and Chronic Disorganization in the Senior Population

By Vickie Dellaquila - October 27, 2014 10:43 AM
Disorganization is difficult for any age, however hoarding and chronic disorganization in the senior population can be very challenging. What is hoarding and chronic disorganization?  According to...

'Alive Inside' with Alternative Dementia Music Therapy

By Carole Larkin - October 20, 2014 09:35 AM
I went to see the movie “Alive Inside”, an award winning documentary on the effect of music on persons with dementia or another mental illness. It was a wonderful movie which vividly showed the joyous...

Choosing the Way You Age with the National Aging in Place Organization

By Meghana Giridhar - October 16, 2014 01:32 PM
Seniors need more opportunities to age in place and live more connected, vibrant and healthy lives. National Aging in Place (NAIPC ®) is one of the prominent non-profit organizations filling this void....

Is Fall Prevention Technology the Answer for You?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - October 13, 2014 12:16 PM
People 65 and older are America's fastest-growing population, a category particularly at risk for falls. In 2010 about 21,000 older adults died from falling injuries, and 2.3 million nonfatal fall injuries...

Documenting Stories of Sandwich Generation Caregivers via Short Films

By Meghana Giridhar - October 09, 2014 11:33 AM
GoodStory Films, a NYC production company has hired Vitamin Enriched, a casting and documentary production company, to create short documentaries for internet broadcast. “Sandwich Generation” caregivers...

Do We Really Get Wiser As We Get Older? A Trip Inside the Aging Brain

By Adriane Berg - October 06, 2014 03:58 PM
There are lots of myths about our mind as we age. When you forget a word or a name, you're having a 'Senior Moment.’ This, despite studies proving that pregnant women are more forgetful than seniors. Then,...

Person-Centered Care with Memory Care Home Solutions

By Carole Larkin - September 29, 2014 12:52 PM
Recently, on a trip to St. Louis Missouri I visited a truly unique nonprofit organization called Memory Care Home Solutions. It provides sorely needed services for care partners of persons with dementia...

Stay On Your Feet! Tips to Improve Mobility

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - September 24, 2014 04:38 PM
September 23rd, 2014 was Fall Prevention Awareness Day! According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), one in every three adults over the age of 65 falls every year, causing moderate...

Lewy Body Dementia: The Lesser Known Cognitive Disorder

By Meghana Giridhar - September 15, 2014 02:26 PM
Although not as commonly heard of as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) affects an estimated 1.3 million people in the US. Currently underdiagnosed, LBD is thought to be a rare disease...

Getting Answers to the "Who, What & How" Questions from Your Doctor

By Margery Pabst - September 08, 2014 08:47 AM
Last month, I presented the theme of caregivers and leaders.  Thank you for your positive responses to the idea that successful caregivers have a vision for their caregiving experience and set proactive...

Traveling with an Older Adult? Tips to Make it Safe and Healthy

By Adriane Berg - September 02, 2014 11:21 AM
The idea of intergenerational travel conjures up thoughts of warm family closeness, laughing together, and newly created shared memories. But, the pitfalls and dangers of traveling with an older adult...

Your Happiness Can Grow! Creating Moments While Caregiving

By Dietrich Stroeh - August 25, 2014 10:22 AM
The words happiness and caregiving don’t belong in the same breath. Or do they? I think they do because in my experience as a caregiver to my late wife Margaret who died unexpectedly five years ago from...

How Fall-Proof Are Your Stairs?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - August 18, 2014 10:34 AM
Did you know that stairs are the place where most serious injuries and deaths happen?  Every year, thousands of elders suffer when falling down the stairs in their home. Stairway falls can result...

Taking Charge! Caregivers as Leaders

By Margery Pabst - August 11, 2014 10:30 AM
Caregiving is an increasingly complex job involving coordinating, influencing, mentoring, and supporting loved ones and friends. What pulls it all together is the caregiver who has a vision and goals for...

When You Can't Get Away: "Mini-Cation" Ideas for Caregivers

By Terri Corcoran - August 04, 2014 10:40 AM
Ah!  'tis the time for summer vacations; but for many or most family caregivers, a vacation is no more than the stuff of dreams.  With the economy tanking in past years, the word "staycation"...

Diabetes Kills More People than Breast Cancer or AIDS

By Meghana Giridhar - July 28, 2014 10:48 AM
To understand what happens in diabetes, it is important to understand the role of glucose in our body. Carbohydrates consumed through food breaks down into simple sugars which is then absorbed into the...

Risk of Stroke Twice as High in Diabetics

By Meghana Giridhar - July 24, 2014 10:51 AM
Diabetes is a complicated set of diseases. While many of us have heard terms like insulin and glucose levels associated with it, few are aware that diabetes is a deadly disease. It was the 7th leading...

Is Your Blood Pressure Causing Falls?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - July 21, 2014 10:22 AM
High blood pressure (hypertension) afflicts nearly two-thirds of people over age 60. Everyone knows the dangers of hypertension (the ‘silent killer’). It leads to heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease,...

Who Cares for the Person Who Lives Alone?

By Sheila Warnock - July 14, 2014 10:29 AM
Caregiving is an issue that will touch everyone at some point in life, yet not many of us think about it until thrust into the position of being a caregiver or needing one. Today, nearly 66 million...

Growing Happier with Age: Why Attitude Matters

By Margery Pabst - July 07, 2014 10:18 AM
How we view aging affects our longevity and our loved ones health and well-being.  I am convinced that viewing aging as a powerful opportunity to develop perspective, wisdom, and hone old and new...

Treatment or Comfort: Why Must Patients Choose?

By Fran Smith - June 30, 2014 09:37 AM
A friend with end-stage pancreatic cancer recently turned down hospice care because she would have had to stop receiving the blood transfusions that fortified her. Insurance rules push countless dying...

The Memory Cafe Movement: Engaging Seniors with Cognitive Disorders

By Carole Larkin - June 26, 2014 01:30 PM
The Neighborhood Memory Cafe is a place where individuals with memory loss and their caregivers can get together in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. The Memory Café (also called Alzheimer’s...

Protecting Your Eyes: Cataracts Made Clear!

By Meghana Giridhar - June 19, 2014 09:24 AM
June is Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts currently affect more than 24 million people in the US aged 40 or older and are one of the main causes of blindness, according to Vision Problems in the U.S....

Life Lessons from Dad: Father's Day Reflections

By Terri Corcoran - June 16, 2014 10:05 AM
This month as we celebrate Fathers' Day, I am remembering with gratitude the men in my family who gave me certain gifts as I was growing up—gifts which have enabled me to persevere in caring for my ill ...

Is Your Loved One a Victim of Elder Abuse? Understanding, Preventing and Dispelling the Myths

By Meghana Giridhar - June 13, 2014 10:42 AM
When an elder loved one gets to a point of needing assistance, most family members choose to either take on their responsibility themselves, hire a professional caregiver or seek the assistance of a senior...

I've Had it Up to Here! Staying Positive When Things Get Tough

By Janet Edmunson - June 09, 2014 10:26 AM
Sometimes caregiving can push us to our wits end.  But I want to assure you that even in the most miserable days, there are at least some positive things happening.  I don’t want you to miss...

Stop Shuffling!: Why Your Walk May be Affecting Your Balance

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - June 02, 2014 02:50 PM
Aside from memory loss, shuffling (dragging, sliding, not lifting feet off the ground when walking), is a frequent cause of concern for caregivers. And, for good reason. Shuffling is a leading cause of...

Visiting Rules for Your Loved One

By Dietrich Stroeh - May 27, 2014 02:49 PM
The day my wife Margaret was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer we decided to let our family and close friends as soon as possible. With Christmas 2009 only 3 days away, we talked about how to tell...

Celebrating Nurses: On the Front Lines of Caregiving

By Meghana Giridhar - May 19, 2014 02:25 PM
May 6th-12th, 2014 was celebrated as Nurses Week. With a large population aging soon and simultaneous increases in chronic diseases, it should come as no surprise that nurses will be at the forefront...

Where's the Support for the Spousal Caregiver?

By Terri Corcoran - May 12, 2014 10:24 AM
Perhaps nothing will test a marriage more severely than one spouse’s developing a chronic, long-term illness or disability. When two people marry, they expect to share the responsibilities of life, to...

Baby Boomer Aging Trends as They Hit the 65 Mark!

By Meghana Giridhar - May 08, 2014 02:22 PM
By 2050, the U.N. estimates for the first time ever, the world population will have more people over age 65 than children age 5 and younger. Very soon, there is going to be a time when one in every five...

Managing Arthritis to Prevent Falls

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - May 05, 2014 11:01 AM
May is Arthritis Awareness Month! Arthritis (also known as osteoarthritis) affects nearly one-third of elders. Arthritis is a condition in which there is inflammation of the joints caused by the breakdown...

Understanding the Mystery that is Parkinson's Disease

By Meghana Giridhar - April 29, 2014 02:05 PM
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. This is especially significant for Co-founders of eCareDiary, John Mills and Susan Baida. John Mills, cared for his father during his final years with Parkinson’s...

When Your Parent Moves In

By David Horgan - April 21, 2014 10:58 AM
There is a rising trend of parents moving in with their adult children. All across the country, the return of multi-generational living is having an impact. The pluses include a closer relationship with...

Sitting is Hazardous to Health! - Key Fall Risk Factor

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - April 14, 2014 04:13 PM
Two interesting reports recently crossed my desk. The first, suggests that after age 60, too much sitting is linked to major disability (difficulties doing basic activities such as bathing, getting in...

Key Ingredients for a Healthy Diet When You're Over 50

By Meghana Giridhar - April 07, 2014 12:56 PM
Do you subscribe to any of the following myths? •    As you get older, it is natural to not feel hungry. •    Slower metabolism just means that fewer nutrients are required....

A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing

By Dietrich Stroeh - March 31, 2014 04:56 PM
When you hear the word Cancer, you hold your breath. When it’s attached to the phrase Stage Four Pancreatic, your heart almost stops. At least it did for me when my wife Margaret received that unexpected...

Viable Home Remodeling Solutions for Aging in Place

By Amy Blitchok - March 24, 2014 10:05 AM
One of life’s major milestones is buying a home. People spend decades in the same house, raising their children, making renovations, and creating lasting memories. This is just part of the reason seniors...

Dementia Care Costs Higher Than Heart Disease and Cancer

By Meghana Giridhar - March 20, 2014 02:27 PM
Dementia is one of the most significant social and health crises of our time. The issues or families are not only managing the emotional turmoil, social isolation and physical breakdown but also the enormous...

Moving from Patient-Centered to Person-Centered Dementia Care

By Carole Larkin - March 19, 2014 03:24 PM
Recently I have been exposed to some professionals and their ideas, which have made me smile in agreement and bob my head up and down like one of those bobblehead dolls. They also got me thinking about...

Your Diet Could be Increasing Chances of a Fall!

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - March 10, 2014 10:52 AM
Proper nutrition is vital for maintaining good health. Elders with poor nutrition (malnutrition), have an increased tendency to fall. In fact, nutritional deficiencies are associated with several factors...

Apply for Health Insurance Before March 31

By Meghana Giridhar - March 06, 2014 03:16 PM
In 2010, President Barack Obama signed a federal statute called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law which focuses on making health insurance available...

Hearing Aids for People with Alzheimer's - Correlation vs Cause

By Carole Larkin - February 24, 2014 10:22 AM
Because there is now more emphasis on awareness of Alzheimer’s and emphasis on reducing the stigma, I am becoming increasingly perturbed at those individuals and businesses who are using the fear of Alzheimer’s...

Incontinence: Your Don't Need to Just Live With It

By Meghana Giridhar - February 20, 2014 03:17 PM
Incontinence which is an involuntary leaking of urine is an embarrassing problem for many. It occurs due to an overactive bladder that gets squeezed at the wrong time for reasons such as physical labor,...

Complicated Caregiving: When It's Tough to Let Go

By Dr. Barry Jacobs - February 17, 2014 10:04 AM
On a scorching day at my step-father’s graveside, I stood slightly outside the circle of 20 mourners, present but distant. In my hands, strange to me, was the wooden box.  I wasn’t thinking about...

Sleep Disorders Among Seniors: It's More Common Than You Think!

By Meghana Giridhar - February 13, 2014 03:16 PM
Sleep deprivation or insomnia is a common problem among seniors. According to National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 44% of older persons experience one or more of the nighttime symptoms of...

Are You Keeping Your Fall a Secret?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - February 10, 2014 10:18 AM
Falls remain common, despite prevention efforts: About one in three elders continue to fall each year. But more importantly, falling down can be hazardous to your health; up to 30% of elders sustain moderate...

Alzheimer's Impacts African-Americans Nearly Twice as Much as Caucasians

By Meghana Giridhar - February 06, 2014 10:18 AM
Black History Month is a month to learn, and honor the achievements of African-Americans throughout history. eCareDiary will be focusing on issues impacting African-Americans in the areas of caregiving...

Changing Gears Without Stalling Your Caregiving Journey

By Margery Pabst - February 03, 2014 10:47 AM
Caregiving is both about doing and feeling/being. Changing from the tasks that every day brings (cooking, cleaning, bathing, etc.) to the first gear of feeling and listening with your loved one can be...

Caring Conscientiously with a Medical Power of Attorney

By Carole Larkin - January 30, 2014 10:09 AM
This is an issue that I have found has popped up more than you would ever believe in families who have a person with dementia in them. This issue raises its head all through the disease, not just at the...

Aging in Place: Plan Today for a Better Tomorrow

By Amy Blitchok - January 23, 2014 10:14 AM
Now that we are solidly in 2014 and everyone is focusing on how to improve the year ahead, it is the perfect time to talk about aging in place and simple choices you can make at any age to help you enjoy...

2014: The Year of Mission Accomplished for the Family Caregiver

By Margery Pabst - January 16, 2014 10:24 AM
It’s January. The holidays and family time have come to a conclusion. Resolutions are being bandied about, and life is getting back to “normal”. Or is it? For caregivers, “normal” isn’t necessarily what...

Don't Go Down that Slippery Slope!: Protecting Yourself from Winter Falls

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - January 09, 2014 10:16 AM
Winter can be a beautiful time of the year. But for elders with unsteady balance, winter can also be a dangerous time to go outdoors. According to the National Safety Council, slips and falls on snow and...

How Paramedicine Affects Aging in Place

By Amy Blitchok - December 19, 2013 10:24 AM
Over the past decade, paramedics have reported an alarming increase in the number of non-emergency 911 calls.  People are abusing these services because they know that EMS is obligated to show up...

Are You Likely to be a Fall Statistic in 2014?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - December 12, 2013 10:19 AM
With the New Year approaching, it’s time to make healthy and safe living resolutions. This is especially important for elders who are at-risk of falling.  Each year, thousands of elders fall; some...

How to Have a Hectic Holiday

By Margery Pabst - December 05, 2013 11:51 AM
You're probably thinking, 'I need to read that title again' but you read it right!  Usually an article will have a set of guidelines and principles; we are all so accustomed to the positive' to do'...

Long-Term Care Planning - It Begins and Ends with Courage

By Debbie Dare - December 02, 2013 10:14 AM
I watched a client of mine sob today. It happens almost weekly. And sad as it is, it is a large percentage of what I consider my mission to be - to educate consumers about the risk of long-term or chronic...

Be a Caregiver and Live Longer: New Study Reveals Caregivers Lead Healthier Lives

By Dr. Barry Jacobs - November 25, 2013 10:20 AM
It has been the most powerful and durable research finding and rallying cry of the family caregiving movement:  In 1999, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study by University...

Elder Care & Elder Rage: Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Jacqueline Marcell - November 21, 2013 01:42 PM
For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon...

Affordable Solutions for Seniors to Age in Place

By Amy Blitchok - November 18, 2013 10:24 AM
Baby Boomers have earned a reputation as a generation of trendsetters.  Throughout the years they have exerted a tremendous influence on social and economic issues.  In 2013, as they reach retirement...

Part II: 12 Questions About Falling (You Didn't Know to Ask)

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - November 11, 2013 10:32 AM
Last month’s blog started to address important elder/caregiver questions about falls and fall prevention. Here are the remaining Q/As.    To avoid falling, I’d like to start exercising....

Beware Common Caregiving Traps!

By Margery Pabst - November 04, 2013 09:33 AM
November is National Caregivers Month, an appropriate time to reflect on our roles as caregivers, and a time to look forward to creating even more quality days and moments for ourselves and our loved ones. If...

Is "Aging in Place" the Right Choice for You?

By Amy Blitchok - October 28, 2013 10:19 AM
Living in 2013 means that we get to reap the benefits of technology and how it has transformed the world of health and medicine.  We have access to skilled doctors, life-saving medicines, and operations...

12 Questions About Falling (You Didn't Know to Ask)

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - October 21, 2013 10:49 AM
According to CDC: •    One out of three elders fall each year, but less than half talk to their healthcare providers about it. •    Up to 20% of elders who fall suffer...

You Are Not Alone! : Caregiving.com's Video Chat Feature Can Help

By Meghana Rao - October 18, 2013 10:38 AM
Imagine your aging mother living all by herself and needing your help while you try to balance work, family and caregiving responsibilities, all at the same time. Many caregivers feel helpless against...

When it Isn't Alzheimer's : All About Lewy Body Dementia

By Angela Taylor - October 14, 2013 02:06 PM
What is Lewy body dementia (LBD)? Lewy body dementia (LBD) is a common progressive brain disease that affects thinking, movement, behavior and sleep. Approximately 1.3 million Americans have LBD, but...

Giving Caregivers the Gifts of Time and Space:

By Margery Pabst - October 07, 2013 10:28 AM
Creating time and space for the caregiver? Easier said than done because the issue is complicated, involving caregiver, patient, and family expectations. As I look back to my three caregiving experiences,...

Empower Yourself with Laughter

By Allen Klein - September 30, 2013 10:38 AM
Several years ago my father-in-law was very ill.  One time, when he came home from the hospital, it was his and my mother-in-law’s wedding anniversary.  I suggested that they invite a few friends...

Danger: Falling Elder Ahead!

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - September 23, 2013 10:44 AM
Did you know that: Falls are common……. •    Every year, one out of every three elders falls •    Every 29 minutes, an elder dies from a fall •    Every...

Making Sense of Caregiving: Focusing on Key Issues

By Margery Pabst - September 16, 2013 10:32 AM
Caregiving has always been with us; our ancestors cared for family and friends when they were ill and maybe dying, but the field of caregiving is still in its infancy as we deal with an aging population...

Dementia or Delirium: Which One is It?

By Carole Larkin - September 09, 2013 10:19 AM
Not long ago I attended a wonderful lecture on delirium by Dr. Vivyenne Roche of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. I am going to give you some facts and statistics from her lecture and...

Are Assisted Living Facilities Safe?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - September 03, 2013 09:39 AM
The recent Frontline documentary, Life and Death in Assisted Living, exposed some of the worst problems in the assisted living industry; in particular, the safety of elders under their care and the ability...

eCareDiary Featured on Best Personal Tracking Site List by MedicalRecords.com

By Meghana Rao - August 26, 2013 10:41 AM
eCareDiary’s health tracking products have been featured by MedicalRecords.com in its directory of healthcare resources for consumers. MedicalRecords.com, the world’s largest EMR directory has created...

How to Budget for Caregiving

By Angie Picardo - August 19, 2013 07:51 AM
Caregiving comes with a huge financial price, but the stress of paying for someone else can be greatly reduced with some planning. It is extremely important that all caregivers assess the income that they...

Pseudobulbar Effect: The Truth About Dementia and Depression

By Carole Larkin - August 12, 2013 12:57 PM
I wish I knew about this when my mother was alive. I might have been able to help her. She would suddenly burst into tears for no apparent reason. I’d say, “What’s wrong? What are you sad about? Are you...

Are Canes and Walkers Safe?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - August 05, 2013 02:41 PM
Walking aids (canes and walkers) are commonly used by elders. But are they safe? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), falls involving walking aids  are responsible or...

Dealing with Conflicting Caregiving Feelings

By Dr. Barry Jacobs - July 29, 2013 10:13 AM
When he became my step-father when I was 17, he and I never made eye contact. We resented each other’s presence in the house and tried to avoid one another as much as possible. He wanted my mother all...

Do Falls Lead to Troubled Sleep in Seniors?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - July 16, 2013 10:46 AM
Insomnia (described as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, waking up too early,  frequent nighttime awakenings or not getting a good night’s sleep) affects more than  half of...

Family Caregivers are Wired for Health - A Pew Research Center Study

By Meghana Rao - July 10, 2013 10:09 AM
The Pew Research Center recently releases a new study revealing the impact of technology and the internet on caregivers. The study focused on caregiving tasks prevalent among adults ages 30 to 64, caring...

When the Carer Becomes the "Cared-For" : Lessons Learned When the Tables Turn!

By Margery Pabst - July 08, 2013 10:37 AM
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview two of my favorite people: Susan Baida and John Mills, the Co-Founders of eCareDiary.com.  Both John and Susan have provided so much expertise and experience...

Success Tips for Working with Hired Caregivers

By Shannon Martin - July 01, 2013 11:36 AM
Elders are often reluctant to bring in outside help, but it can be just as nerve-racking for the family caregivers.  You might struggle with guilt over the decision and then worry about how it is...

How Mobility Technology is Changing Aging

By Amy Blitchok - June 24, 2013 10:03 AM
The vast majorities of seniors, an estimated 90%, report that they want to age in place and stay in their homes as long as possible.   This should come as no surprise; most people have spent...

Has Fear of Falling Got You Down? : Time to Get Back On Your Feet

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - June 17, 2013 10:53 AM
Are you or a loved one fearful of falling? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many elders live in constant fear of falling (or anxiety about falling). In fact, both elders with and without falls are...

Balance Training: More Than Standing on One Leg

By Jae Gruenke - June 10, 2013 10:08 AM
We all could benefit from balance training.  Probably the only people who don't need to think about how to fit some into their lives are children who naturally do it at every opportunity anyway......

Life on the Other Side of Caregiving

By Margery Pabst - June 03, 2013 10:45 AM
A frequent question is “What can I expect once my caregiving role is over?” While some caregivers deal with chronic illness for a long period, others realize that their care partner will either get better...

The Neighborhood Memory Cafe: Companionship for Seniors with Dementia

By Carole Larkin - May 27, 2013 10:08 AM
History The concept of memory cafes began in the UK, where government provides funding. Although the U.S. government does not provide funding, grass roots efforts have prompted the development of memory...

Elder Care & Elder Rage: Know the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Jacqueline Marcell - May 20, 2013 10:27 AM
For eleven years I pleaded with my ‘challenging’ elderly father to allow a caregiver help him with my ailing mother, but he always insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired soon...

Spring Cleaning to Reduce Fall Hazards

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - May 13, 2013 10:53 AM
Spring is a good time to clean the home and get rid of any clutter that creates fall hazards. For elders, this can often mean the difference between living in a safe or an unsafe home. At the same time,...

Balancing Strengths and Weaknesses While Caregiving

By Margery Pabst - May 06, 2013 10:32 AM
 Questions about caregiving are often posed as:  -What is the role of caregiving? -How can I learn to do the best for my loved one? -Where can I find resources? Let's shift the focus and...

Exercises for the Right Posture

By Jae Gruenke - April 29, 2013 09:43 AM
Do you feel you should be standing up straighter? So many people have asked me about this over the years that I can explain how in under one minute.   Standing up straight is a simple thing that...

Senior Apps - Beyond the Basics

By Sarah Ratliff - April 22, 2013 09:57 AM
As a senior citizen, you are among many who has realized that technology has made life easier; your smart devices are no exception. Tablets and mobile phones stocked with a variety of apps allow you to...

Why is My Dad Falling in the Nursing Home?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - April 15, 2013 10:01 AM
Falls are a leading cause of injury in elders. As a result, family caregivers often become worried about an elder’s safety when they start to fall. This is especially the case when the elder is living...

When Memory Loss Leads to Sitting Around

By Monica Heltemes - April 08, 2013 09:25 AM
“He doesn’t do the activities he used to do” “He is bored” “She follows me everywhere I go” “He doesn’t want to leave home” “She is always watching tv” “She just wants to stay sitting in her favorite...

Should My Loved One be Taking Alzheimer's Medicines?

By Carole Larkin - April 01, 2013 09:51 AM
Over the years my clients have asked me, “Should my loved one be taking any of the Alzheimer’s medicines?” My answers have differed depending on how much I knew about the medicines, the relative costs...

The Best Exercise for Your Brain is Exercise for Your Body

By Jae Gruenke - March 25, 2013 10:21 AM
Do you remember being told in school that once you're an adult you don't make any new brain cells, you just lose them?  And were you as depressed to learn that as I was?  I'm happy to tell you...

Your Personalized Caregiving Plan - Part 2

By Margery Pabst - March 18, 2013 10:37 AM
Back in January, I wrote an initial blog on how to develop a caregiving plan for yourself. You can reference that blog both on eCareDiary.com or on my website at www.pivotalcrossings.com The article received...

Can Fall Monitoring Technology Keep Elders Safe?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - March 11, 2013 09:58 AM
The most effective way for elders and/or their caregivers to address the issue of falling is to: •    First, visit the doctor and find out why a loved one is at risk or why falls are...

Taking a Calculated Risk While Caregiving

By Carole Larkin - March 04, 2013 10:19 AM
Shall we ponder some of the issues regarding slowly losing executive functions in Alzheimer’s and related diseases today? First, let’s define what executive function is.  An article by Leilani Doty,...

Try Being a Ten Minute Caregiver

By Margery Pabst - February 25, 2013 09:53 AM
You are probably thinking, “What a title! How can I be a caregiver for only 10 minutes when this is a 36-hour job packed into a 24-hour day?” February, our heart month, is a time to consider all we do...

Is it Possible to Fall Safely?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - February 18, 2013 10:18 AM
A safety concern expressed by elders and caregivers alike is the threat of falling and injury. In an attempt to prevent falling, many elders at risk (due to balance and other mobility problems), tend to...

Are Adult Children Legally Responsible for Parents' Long Term Costs?

By Carole Larkin - February 11, 2013 09:30 AM
Recently a businessman I know forwarded me a link to a Wall Street Journal article by Kelly Green written on June 22nd 2012. Although I know his intent was to point out the fact that people need long term...

How Much Exercise Do Seniors Need?

By Jae Gruenke - February 04, 2013 10:10 AM
You've heard by now that the most important thing you can do for your body, your mind, and your quality of life as you grow older is to exercise.  And now you're ready to take action!  But where...

Accepting Help in Trying Times-The Big Test

By Cameron Jan - January 28, 2013 12:27 PM
My wife has often said she can’t quite imagine what all I went through when I learned of her mesothelioma diagnosis.  I have only spoken to her once about what it was like being her caregiver and...

Beware of the Silent Threat! - A Look into Elder Abuse

By Carole Larkin - January 21, 2013 12:35 PM
I am an avid reader of the American Society on Aging’s quarterly journal called “Generations”. The most recent journal focuses on the topic of elder abuse, something that seems to me to be the “elephant...

What do Diabetes and Falling Have in Common?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - January 14, 2013 10:02 AM
Diabetes is a disease marked by excessive blood sugar. Diabetes is a serious illness that increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), more than...

Why a Caregiving Plan for Yourself Makes Sense

By Margery Pabst - January 07, 2013 09:38 AM
Happy New Year to everyone!!  As I contemplate the year just ended and consider 2013 with all the opportunities and struggles ahead, my thoughts turn to planning.  Back in December, I met with...

Can Holiday Visits Prevent Falls?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - December 24, 2012 10:50 AM
The holidays are typically a time when families get together and enjoy each other’s company. For grown children of elders, the holiday visit can also be an excellent time to take check on their parent’s...

A Caregiver's Recipe : Keep it Simple During the Holidays

By Margery Pabst - December 17, 2012 10:34 AM
I believe simplicity is one of the most underrated qualities in our culture.  Complexity is often assumed to be better because somehow happier and more joyful outcomes will result. More seems to be...

Family Caregiver Alliance Announces Webinar on Managing Incontinence among Seniors

By Susan Baida - December 12, 2012 11:21 AM
Incontinence, the loss of bladder or bowel control, affects many seniors and is a major cause of embarrassment. Fear of social stigma prevents many elderly people from discussing this problem. Many choose...

Recognizing Dementia When it Strikes!

By Carole Larkin - December 10, 2012 08:55 AM
This past week a friend of my business partner called and asked for my help. She had been given my card two years ago. Her 80 year old mother Brenda (all names have been changed for privacy purposes) lives...

eCareDiary Expert, Margery Pabst Launches New Caregiving Book, "Words of Care"!

By Susan Baida - December 03, 2012 12:30 PM
eCareDiary’s caregiving expert, Margery Pabst  launches her new book, Words of Care: A Reference Tool for The Busy Caregiver. An author of four books including co-author of Enrich Your Caregiving...

Why Taking Your Pills Can Stop You from Falling!

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - November 19, 2012 08:41 AM
In a previous blog, I discussed the dangers of medications and falling. Equally hazardous to one’s safety is medication non-adherence, which is a fancy term for not taking medications as prescribed by...

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Hosts Expert Seminar for Care Partners

By Susan Baida - November 16, 2012 09:39 AM
Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF), a national nonprofit dedicated to Parkinson's disease research, education and advocacy, has been hosting a series of free, interactive online and phone seminars. These...

From Darkness to Light: Fighting Macular Degeneration in Seniors

By Susan Baida - November 14, 2012 10:29 AM
Imagine not being able to recognize the faces of loved ones and participate in daily activities such as going for a walk, reading a book or even cooking meals. This scenario is a reality for more than...

Top 5 Qualities to Look for in a Nursing Home

By Philippa Carr - November 12, 2012 01:31 PM
Choosing a care home for a senior relative or friend is never a simple task. As a loved one, the emotional roller coaster of giving up the role as a primary caregiver is not always easy. Finding the right...

Caregivers in the Workplace

By Margery Pabst - November 02, 2012 08:39 AM
Many of us are not only caregivers for a loved one but we also hold down jobs. This month's comments are for those of you who try to maintain a work/life balance.  What proactive steps can you take to...

Fall-Proofing Ideas for the Bathroom

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - October 22, 2012 10:56 AM
What’s the most dangerous room in the house for elders? If you answered the bathroom, you guessed correctly. More than one in three elders fall each year and as many as 80 percent of these falls are...

New Hospital Care Transition Test Program Under Way by Affordable Care Act

By Susan Baida - October 15, 2012 12:20 PM
On October 3, 2012, eCareDiary Co-founder, Susan Baida, attended the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Caregiving Conference where Juliana Tiongson, Social Science Research Analyst at...

eCareDiary Launches New Caregiver Message Board and Storytelling Page

By Susan Baida - October 10, 2012 11:56 AM
Today eCareDiary launches a new Caregiver Message Board to help caregivers communicate with one another in a supportive forum. The Caregiver Message Board enables caregivers to post question and discussion...

Art Can Be The Best Pill

By Margery Pabst - October 08, 2012 11:04 AM
A revolution is under way as both medical professionals and families explore broader initiatives for healing.  Sometimes referred to as holistic healing, spiritual, social, and emotional dimensions of...

eCareDiary to Attend Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Caregiving Conference

By Susan Baida - September 30, 2012 09:33 PM
eCareDiary was invited by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to attend their Caregiving Conference on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The conference will be held at the National Alliance for...

eCareDiary Featured in USA Today

By Susan Baida - September 27, 2012 03:49 PM
eCareDiary was featured in a recent USA Today article by Janice Lloyd about the online resources and support available to family caregivers. According to a 2009 AARP study, “80% of care to...

Fall Awarness Day: 10 Tips to Prevent Falls

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - September 17, 2012 10:53 AM
The risk of getting harmed from a fall increases as we get older, and after becoming 75, the risk of ending up with significant injuries is even higher. The problem of falling in elders is so common...

Hand Massage Helps Caregivers Manage Challenging Behavior

By Ann Catlin - September 10, 2012 10:20 AM
There is growing awareness of the value of massage for elders with dementia.  More and more eldercare communities are incorporating the services of a licensed massage therapist, but caregivers of all...

Maintaining Your Personal Dignity in the Face of Adversity

By Margery Pabst - August 06, 2012 08:25 AM
We’ve all been there--that sick feeling in the pit of the stomach or the overwhelming feeling of sadness and physical exhaustion made worse by events and people who have damaged our personal dignity. ...

Are Your Pills Causing Spills? : Managing Senior Medication

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - July 30, 2012 08:46 AM
Medications are a two-edged sword for elders. On the one hand, medications contribute greatly to good health, but on the other hand, medications also are a risk factor for falls. Consequently, elders and...

How Walkers Can Empower Seniors

By Carole Larkin - July 23, 2012 08:53 AM
This article is not only for older adults who have Alzheimer’s or another dementia, but for all older adults and their caregivers. And I realize that I have a different take on using walkers than most...

Protect Your Loved Ones from Online Counterfeit Drugs!

By Dr. Carmen Catizone - July 16, 2012 08:12 AM
These days, buying prescription drugs from the Internet is easy, but finding a safe source for those medicines is not. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned consumers about a potentially dangerous...

Stay Active, Stay Mobile: The Secret to Senior Independence

By Michelle Seitzer - July 09, 2012 07:57 AM
Why do so many people fear growing older? I wouldn’t doubt that it has something to do with the potential loss of full independence, or the possibility of needing a wheelchair, walker or cane, or the...

Healthcare Reform is Constitutional: What's it Mean for You!

By John Mills - July 02, 2012 08:52 AM
On Thursday June 28, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare reform law allowing implementation to go forward.  With the two year debate over the constitutionality...

Maintaining the Dignity of Your Care Partner - Even in the Worst Circumstances

By Margery Pabst - June 25, 2012 01:52 PM
Much is written about advocating for our care partners both outside the home with medical professionals and inside the home with family and friends.  Advocating usually takes the form of speaking...

Know Your Rights! - The Low-Down on Medicare's Coverage of Hospital Stays

By Shannon Martin - June 18, 2012 11:45 AM
The Medicare program consists of a variety of parts, covering different services such as medications, hospitalizations and tests.  Medicare Part A generally covers hospital stays and inpatient rehabilitation...

Why Does Grandma Wander? - Understanding Coping Mechanisms of Seniors with Dementia

By Carole Larkin - June 11, 2012 07:58 AM
I am now a CERTIFIED TRAINER of P.K. Beville’s thought changing, life changing Virtual Dementia Tour experience. P.K Beville is the Founder & CEO of Second Wind Dreams, a non-profit organization that...

The Aging Eye: Preventative Strategies to Combat Visual Loss

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - June 04, 2012 07:57 AM
Vision plays a critical role in maintaining balance. Vision helps stabilize our bodies when standing and walking. Good eyesight is also needed to perceive our environments clearly and analyze prevailing...

Being an Advocate, NOT an Annoyance for Your Loved One!

By Crystal Fornes - May 28, 2012 11:21 AM
Being a caregiver comes with its own set of hard yet important life lessons and responsibilities. However, making it a point to integrate and maintain certain behaviors in your daily routine is key to...

Why Do I Feel This Way? Caregiver Tips for Handling Irrational Feelings

By Margery Pabst - May 21, 2012 11:32 AM
I remember the first time I took my husband to the hospital to be admitted for pneumonia.  My feelings ran the gamut. I felt so relieved and couldn’t quite figure out why. My relief then gave way...

Dance and Meditate Your Way to Better Balance!

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - May 14, 2012 10:31 AM
Balance, the ability to control and maintain one’s body position whether in motion or when still, often deteriorates as people grow older. Last month, I addressed the topic of declining balance and the...

Aging at Home? Tips for Preventing Injuries and Isolation

By Michelle Seitzer - May 07, 2012 10:17 AM
Nursing home or stay at home: most people wouldn’t flinch. Home is where we want to be; aging in place is the ideal scenario. Everyone has moments of loneliness, whether they live alone or in a house...

eCareDiary to Broadcast First Live Online Support Group for Family Caregivers "Caregivers Speak!"

By Susan Baida - May 02, 2012 12:19 PM
eCareDiary will broadcast the first live online support group called "Caregivers Speak!" Created by and for caregivers, Caregivers Speak!, will debut on Tuesday, May 8th at 2:00pm EST on BlogTalkRadio.com....

Don't Fall into the Guilt Trap! - 3 Tips for Caregivers

By Margery Pabst - April 30, 2012 12:32 PM
One of the most common comments from caregivers is “I feel so guilty.” As a caregiver, I feel guilt frequently.  I decided to consider why this state of guilt exists in most of us. Here are some...

Making Your Parent's Move to a Care Community Guilt-Free

By Carole Larkin - April 23, 2012 10:35 AM
It may be the hardest decision of all to hand over your loved one’s physical care to a “village” (an assisted living, memory care community or a nursing home). It is usually the last, last, last resort. ...

Why is My Balance Worsening?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - April 16, 2012 08:02 AM
To accomplish everyday activities, balance is essential. When we rise from a chair or bed, climb stairs, step into our bathtub, reach up on our toes to retrieve something overhead, bend down to pick up...

Why is Mom's Dementia Worse in the Evenings?

By Shannon Martin - April 09, 2012 10:51 AM
I recently did an informal survey to find out how many people were familiar with Sundowner’s Syndrome (or sundowning behavior) in dementia. The results were mixed…professionals who had worked in eldercare,...

Caring for Your Aging Parents Causing Family Disputes?

By Chris Cooper - April 02, 2012 09:57 AM
While the image of a happy family where everyone always gets along is pleasant, this simply doesn’t represent reality for many people. Take the story of a brother and sister that I knew. As children, these...

eCareDiary to Present at 2012 Aging in America Conference

By Susan Baida - March 26, 2012 01:45 PM
John Mills, eCareDiary Chairman and Margery Pabst, Co-author of “Enrich Your Caregiving Journey” will present a workshop entitled, “Strategies for Uniting Families: Tools and Technology to Help Family...

Five Keys to Preventing Osteopathic Fractures

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - March 26, 2012 10:38 AM
In February’s blog posting, I discussed the consequences of falling and suffering a fractured hip. I reviewed the main causes of hip fracture, including falls and osteoporosis (loss of bone) as critical...

Applying the "Just Do It" Philosophy to Caregiving

By Margery Pabst - March 19, 2012 11:08 AM
A few weeks ago, I heard and saw Dr. Corey Keyes lecture on “To Happiness and Beyond.”  Dr. Keyes, Associate Professor of Sociology at Emory University, devotes his research to the nature of happiness...

Are Your Parents Hiding Their Health Problems From You?

By Chris Cooper - March 12, 2012 11:30 AM
Often, when people get older, they do everything they can to hide the fact that they suffering from health problems or diminished mental capacity. Take the story of a man I knew and his elderly father....

Why Person-Centered Care Matters

By Ann Catlin - March 05, 2012 09:25 AM
We are all either an elder (some of us); someone who cares about an elder (most of us); or someone who will be an elder (practically all of us). According to the American Medical Association, in 2011 America's...

Are Falls One of the Main Causes of Hip Fractures Among Seniors?

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - February 27, 2012 10:49 AM
Ask any elder and they will tell you that falling and breaking a bone is a very serious. About 5% of elders who fall will break a bone; common fractures include the pelvic, hip, thigh, leg ankle, and arm...

Why Don't More Thyroid Cancer Patients Know about Alcohol Ablation?

By Penny Mills - February 22, 2012 08:02 AM
I recently returned from the Mayo Clinic where I received alcohol ablation for recurrent papillary thyroid cancer in two neck lymph nodes. Reflecting on my experience, I wonder why this treatment is not...

Five Musts When Your Elderly Loved One Leaves The Hospital

By Shannon Martin - February 20, 2012 09:37 AM
Elderly patients are too frequently readmitted to the hospital within a short time of being discharged.  This problem has come to the attention of the healthcare system and entities that pay for the care,...

Planning Your Caregiving Needs: Get Started Soon!

By Margery Pabst - February 13, 2012 11:59 AM
Planning used to be one of those words that felt stale and musty, like an old book or basement. Years ago, I taught Planning and Organizing to corporate leaders; it was one of those necessary subjects...

Bridge the Communication Gap with an Elder with Alzheimer's!

By Ann Catlin - February 06, 2012 08:54 AM
I remember a woman I’ll call Grace whom I visited frequently in a skilled-care facility. She was a lovely 75-year-old woman, and her room was full of paintings she had created over the years as well as...

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF? : Making Caregiving Changes in the New Year

By Margery Pabst - January 30, 2012 12:37 PM
The New Year looms large, and if you’re like me, making some needed changes can feel scary, particularly if those changes involve the relationship with our patient/loved one.  For caregivers, changing...

Accepting the Truth About Our Parents

By Chris Cooper - January 23, 2012 10:59 AM
We don’t always know - or want to know - the truth about our parents. Take the story I heard recently about an elderly gentleman who had passed away. The man had worked for the state government for many...

Do You Have a Life Care Plan?

By Wendie Howland - January 18, 2012 11:33 AM
A Life Care Plan is a road map for care, describing anticipated medical and non-medical needs, with associated costs, of a person with a catastrophic injury or chronic illness over an estimated life span....

Stay Hazard Free this Winter! : Safety Checklist for Seniors

By Dr. Rein Tideiksaar - January 16, 2012 08:45 AM
Ask any elder about the dangers of winter and they will tell you without hesitation that slips and falls on icy walkways are number one. They, of course, are correct but there are a host of other hazards...