• The Sandwich Generation-Caregiving-The Social Aspect

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     There is a lot of focus on the physical care of the elderly but lack of human contact and social interaction can contribute to physical pain, depression and deterioration in their mental capacity. The sandwich generation and the aging parent are equally overwhelmed.

    In this situation a woman lost her husband when he was 55 and she was a few years younger. They had 5 daughters and a son. She resided in a third world country and was trained as a teacher. She decided to migrate to the USA. She got a job in her area of expertise but had to work 2 fulltime jobs to care for her children. They all did well in school and all graduated from college and were gainfully employed in demanding jobs. All her children were married and had families of their own. Two daughters live locally and the rest of her children lived in different parts of the united States.

    Their mother is now 86 years old, alert and oriented but frequently has pain and is physically challenged. The children love their mother dearly but must coordinate the care of their mother and their own family on the weekend. There is a schedule and everyone participates in the care. Her children are collectively paying for a live in Caregiver, a Home Health Aide, 24 hours daily Monday-Friday. The 2 daughters that live locally are responsible for her care on the weekends as she now cannot be left alone. She uses a walker and recently had a fall resulting in short term hospitalization.

    Three of their Mother’s younger sisters that live in other states decided to visit with her for a weekend. One sister is a pre-Boomer and the other two are Baby Boomers and also nurses. Upon their arrival their Sister appeared feeble, moving slowly with a walker and requiring help from a sitting to standing position. She was visibly anxious. She expressed that it saddened her that children had to spend their weekends taking care of her and not spending time with their family. Her sisters spent the time giving her massages, eating, watching movies, reminiscing and laughing about their childhood. The sisters that were nurse gave her daughters a break with the caregiving.

    By the end of the weekend It was amazing to see the change in her. She was visibly less anxious, moving around her house with good posture using her walker and not once did she complain of pain. The sisters were all amused as when they were leaving she was the first outside moving rather quickly and even shouting at the Uber driver for not getting their sooner.

    It is very important to remember to visit with the elderly. The caregivers are focused on getting the Physical care done but they also need socialization and mental stimulation. The phone calls are great but the human touch and presence makes a world of difference to alleviate loneliness and talk about their past. They are a source of information. They have a lot to share and just need to be asked. Loneliness hurts and shorten our lives!

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  • Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring a Home Care Agency

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    Top Five Things to Look for When Hiring a Home Care Agency

    A home care agency is the perfect solution for people who need help with self-care activities of daily living (ADL) like bathing, cleaning, meal preparation, etc., and other health care like nursing care, physical or occupational therapy, or hospice care. This additional help enables those who are getting older, or chronically ill, recovering from surgery, or disabled; to stay safely at home and overcome their physical challenges.

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  • The Old Age Poem- Make some time for the aging population, they have such wonderful stories to share.

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  • Caring for the Caregivers- Tips on caring for those who routinely give care at home or professionally.

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  • The effects of Diabetes on Seniors

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  • The Perfect Treatment for Diabetes and Weight Loss

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  • Signs you are Dehydrated and may not even know it.

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  • Overcoming Being Overwhelmed with Difficult Aging Parents

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  • Taking care of an aging parent: Joan Lunden's advice

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  • Loneliness and the Elderly

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      As we get older there are challenges that we face, physical, emotional, social and financial. There is a lot of planning for retirement but most of the focus is on the financial aspect. Not many people realize or bargain for the loneliness that can accompany ageing. Lack of social contact can shorten our lives, cause depression and exacerbate pain and illnesses. My work allows me to be  constantly in touch with the aging population. Many of these people live alone and have physical challenges but are fully alert and oriented. They may also be in good health but live alone. The one thing…

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  • Owner Spotlight: Carol Alexander

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    I’m Carol Alexander, proud owner of The Alexander Club.

    I look forward to sharing my story and hope that you will enjoy getting to know me better.

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  • Baby Boomers are Warrior Caregivers

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      Baby Boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964 also referred to as the Sandwich Generation. These people are taking care of their aging parents and providing support for their own children. In this post, I will be addressing the women boomers. This can become a very stressful situation physically, financially, and emotionally. Many boomers are taking care of an aging parent from another State or country. Eventually the situation will become impossible and they will have to get help to assist them with caring for their loved ones. When this becomes necessary, it is important that they choose a homecare agency…

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  • Announcing The New Website

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    We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

    Our new website provides our existing and prospective clients a simple yet interactive view of our work and the services we offer.

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  • New Website Under Construction

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    New Website Coming Soon!

    We are currently revamping our website. Our new website will be interactive and mobile friendly!

    Watch this space for updates. Just few more weeks to go!

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  • Eating Certain Foods Can Enhance Our Memory.

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    I recently had a call from a caregiver, she was very excited because out of the blue her 98 year old Dementia client asked her to give her a bath and addressed her by her name.

    Now this may sound like a regular everyday request. Well not with this lady because for years she has absolutely refused to take a bath or a shower. Now let me tell you that she is very clean and tidy because every day she got a thorough sponge bath and has regular hairdressing appointment.

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  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregiver- A special person

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    Taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia is the most challenging aspect for caregivers. It is much easier to take care of someone who is physically challenged but is alert an oriented and in some cases able to direct their care. However some may even be bedridden.

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  • Elderly Care: How to Be a Caregiver While Taking Care of Your Own Life

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  • Day in the Life of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver: Heartbreaking

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  • Long-Term Care insurance in Home Care

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    As a private paying Home Care agency providing care to the Elderly, my clients are all Medicare recipients who do not qualify for Medicaid. The majority are able to pay out of pocket for care. Some clients usually need care but are not always able to pay for all the hours that they need so they only take what they can afford. This can leave them in a very vulnerable, unsafe and embarrassing situation.

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  • The kindness of the In-Law Caregiver

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    My 92 year old Client lived with her Son in a rented apartment since we started providing home care services in 2012.

    A really lovely lady who needed very little personal care but a lot of emotional support. We provided 20 hours of care weekly which was mostly companion care. She was anxious and stated that she felt very lonely.Her son worked long hours and her two daughters lived out of town. They never called her or visited her once during the 5 years we took care of her.

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