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With more of us taking care of someone we love we need to know how to survive as a caregiver. | downtown-houston

March 4, 2013

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With more of us are taking care of someone we love we need to know how to survive as a caregiver. This is a follow up to my blog, “Giving myself and other boomers a kick in the pants”, where we discussed the worsening health of baby boomers.  Let’s look at the facts; the numbers […]

The Unseen Army Working for Special Needs Children | downtown-houston

September 17, 2012

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We work, play and worship with them; they are our friends, daughters, sons, sisters and brothers – they are caregivers of children with special needs.   There are some simple things we can do to make their lives easier and let them know we care.  We can’t know each individual but we can look at their […]

How family caregivers can relieve the stress of caregiving – part 2 | downtown-houston

September 7, 2012

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  Realize that stress is not your friend, you are not immune to its effects, you are not alone and you must do something about it. In the United States, 21 percent of adults today care for someone an average of 20 hours per week. That unpaid care equals 18 percent of our national health […]

Recruiting your care team and keeping them involved

September 2, 2012

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Recruiting and Scheduling Caregivers and Keeping the Community of Friends and Family Informed You or a loved one need help with care giving but how do you get it and how do you keep the caregivers engaged and active? Pick your team and keep them engaged in your loved one’s life. Caregivers can quickly realize […]

Dementia – Who is at risk for Wandering? | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 8, 2012

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Dementia – Who is at risk for Wandering? Six in 10 people with Alzheimer’s disease will wander. Many of these people can not remember their name or address and may become disoriented and lost, even in their own neighborhood. Who is at risk of wandering? Anyone with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia who: Returns from […]

VA benefits for veterans over 65: Basic Pension | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 6, 2012

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This is part 2 in our series of VA, Veterans Administration, benefits available for veterans and their spouses needing in-home care. Part 1 “Monetary assistance with in-home care for veterans” dealt with qualifications the VA places on these  pensions.  Note that these Veterans Administration pensions not military pensions. Basic Pension The VA classifies any veteran […]

Assistance with in-home care for veterans | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 6, 2012

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If you or a loved one are a veteran and you are over 65 you need to read on. There are several pensions provided through the Veterans Administration designed to help you.  If you think you qualify you should contact the VA.  I will be covering the different pensions in the coming days. What is […]

Do you ask yourself “how can I ever get through this?” Part 3, fear and worry. | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 5, 2012

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The stress on a family caregiver can be immense and the tendency can be to focus on getting the job done and not take the time to examine the feelings and frustrations we feel.  As we focus on the job at hand we can begin to feel loneliness, boredom, fear and worry and a loss […]

A Desperate Act, Born of Depression

August 5, 2012

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When I lived in Miami it was common for  stories like this to make the news and that was back in the 1990s.  The fact is we don’t do a good job of taking care of providing psychological treatment for anyone in the United States.  As family we need to be more aware of how […]

We Are Not Prepared for Long-Term Care « Caring for Our Parents

May 30, 2012

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This is an excellent article but before I leave you to Howard let me state that I agree with him but this must be part of a larger discussion that we all need to have with our families.  We also need to plan how to take care of our own long term care taking into […]