Dr. Hulking and Fish Eyes

“So how old are we now?” My mother’s ophthalmologist asked, as if he hadn’t seen her in centuries. This might seem a blatantly rude question if coming from a less hulking posture of a man dwarfing his own office to the size of a dollhouse broom closet; whose formidable stature matches his renowned expertise. My mother was undaunted: “I’ll be 95 in September. And I plan to live a long, long, long time!” ...more

You are not alone

As a caregiver, do you ever sit and wonder if you are the only person going through a family who all may want to help, or maybe not to help too?...more

Big news on the Alzheimer's front

Although this research was done on snails, not humans, it could be just steps away from treat Alzheimer's in a future generation.At the Univ. of Texas, neuroscientists actually REVERSED memory loss! They figured out when the cells were primed for learning, then retrained them.The study's co-author figured out the best times for the brain cells to learn by using 5 training sessions scheduled at different times - from 5 to 50 minutes long. This formula created 10,000 different schedules, which helped her pick the one that's best for learning.Here's the study:...more

How Technology is Transforming Caregiving

Caregiving Corner:With more people living longer, effective caregiving requires new thinking about how we care for those we love.  Boston-based Making Care Easier (MCE) is dedicated to helping caregiving communities get the answers and solutions they need to ensure quality care for their parents, friends, and neighbors. ...more

Cold sores on elderly may cause cognitive struggles

A new study of 1,600 older adults (over 69) found that those with viral and bacterial infections like the herpes virus that causes cold sores had more cognitive struggles than their peers. These difficulties include memory loss and decreased thinking. In addition, the worse the symptoms, the worse the cognitive problems. Here's the study: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/258247.php ...more

4 Things that appear to stave off/delay Alzheimer's

I ran across this headline today:"Alzheimer's numbers to triple by 2050"(http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/06/16872274-alzheimers-numbers-t...)What's particularly scary is that the numbers are already pretty big and we're nowhere near a cure (that I know of, anyway)....more

Family Medical Leave Act 20 Year Anniversary

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That’s why it’s worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation’s history....more
My mom recently lost her job taking care of my sick grandmother. She was days away from ...more

Dear Parents: As A Nanny, I Don’t Have To Be You

One thing I hear a lot as a nanny from parents is that “it’s SO different when they’re your own”, often accompanied by a stifled look of superiority as they watch me wrestle my latest charge. I also hear a lot of “oh, you SAY you won’t do this now, but trust me, when you’re a parent, you will. You’re going to do basically everything you said you wouldn’t. Being a nanny is NOT the same as a parent.”...more

Changing Caregiving - Be a Part of What's To Come

At Making Care Easier (MCE) our goal is to improve the way families care for their loved ones.  This is no small mission, but a critical one.  We’re taking another big step forward this week as we welcome Mary Jane Favazza as our new CEO.  Mary Jane brings with her a wealth of experience including more than 15 years in the healthcare IT space.  Most importantly, she brings with her a passion for improving the living of those caring for elderly adults....more
I find your company interesting.  It was difficult for my parents' 5 daughters to maintain ...more

Brain pacemakers for Alzheimer's?

You read it correctly. What's good for the heart is (possibly) good for the brain. Scientists are now trying out the pacemaker idea on a patient with Alzheimer's, hoping to slow its effects.Kathy Sanford is only 57, but already she has early onset Alzheimer's and knows it's gradually getting worse. She still lives alone but can't work anymore and has to post reminders to herself....more