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January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month

Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, a client of mine who was receiving two units of blood every two weeks, was suddenly informed that, due to a shortage in blood, they needed to ration the supply. Consequently, from that point, he received only one unit of blood...

COVID-19 Caregiver Resources

COVID-19 Caregiver Resources

As we navigate our new normal with COVID-19, it helps to keep up with the ever changing information, and to know where to look for the information. The good news is there is no shortage of caregiver resources from the many organizations who work on our behalf. Here is...

Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? People dealing with COPD often believe that exercise will make things worse. Actually, in moderation, quite the opposite is true. Very real benefits. Even people with...

Savoring Good Experiences

Savoring Good Experiences

Sharing happy experiences, like sharing a good meal, warms and strengthens friendships and family bonds. There are other benefits to savoring positive experiences. Even in the privacy of your own thoughts, reflecting on pleasant memories is an easy and effective way...

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much

While alcohol use is on the rise among older adults, it can be hard to spot. Many of the signs resemble common problems of aging. And who wants to think that when Mom stumbles, for instance, it might be because of drink?! There's a lot of shame associated with...

Late-life veterans’ issues

Late-life veterans’ issues

    If the person you care for is a combat veteran, you may not have heard much about those experiences. You are not alone. In generations past, veterans made it a point to put the war behind them and "forget." But things can take a dramatic turn in later...

Signature Strength: Courage

In the tradition of "positive psychology," we encourage family caregivers to know and use their signature strengths. These personality traits can become reliable tools. Courage, for example, has many faces beyond bravado and derring-do. See if you recognize yourself...

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Did you know that 60% of people with flu symptoms leave the house during their illness? Furthermore, 70% of them go to the drugstore. A good reason to stay clear of the pharmacy during peak cold and flu season! Good preparation involves a lot more than a vaccine. Cold...