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When you need an energy boost

When caregiver fatigue strikes, many of us reach for caffeine. Whether it’s coffee, cola, chocolate, or an “energy shot” drink, the effects are immediate. Like a reliable friend, caffeine seems to help us keep going.   Pros and cons Studies have...

Travel tips when your loved one is disabled

It’s difficult to know what to anticipate when traveling with a family member who has trouble getting around. Here are tips from experienced, disabled travelers to reduce your road-trip stress this summer. If your travel includes hotel lodging: Talk directly with the...

Is a New Medicare Card in the Mailbox?

Is a New Medicare Card in the Mailbox? Medicare has started sending out new cards to all its members. The mailings will take place in waves. The person you care for may not receive theirs until later in the year. You don’t need to do anything. The new card will...

Web Resources When Caring for an Older Adult

In our internet age, locating help and information as a caregiver is often just a few clicks away. Below are some useful web resources to research, especially if you are looking for guidance in caring for an older adult. AARP   Website: www.aarp.org Or, to go directly...

Hospitalization, Skilled Nursing and Medicare

It Never Hurts to Double Check Recently, in one 48-hour period, I had received similar questions from caregivers. These caregivers were not related, and they did not know one another. Each was the adult son whose parent was about to be discharged from a skilled...

Northern Virginia Senior and Caregiver Resource

I’ve written about this before, but it bears repeating because the resource can be so valuable. When you have questions about resources for an elder, and no one to answer them, a good way to help your search is with the local Aging and Adult Services office in...