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

AC253 (diabetes drug) appears to restore memory in people with Alzheimer's

I've mentioned before that my grandfather died of Alzheimer's (yes, that's what was actually on his death certificate) and although this isn't a cure, it's nice to know that there's a glimmer of hope for people who suffered like my grandfather (and our family) when he lost his memory.A diabetes drug called AC253 - which never made it to market - was found to restore memory in animal brain cells. It works by blocking the effects of amyloid protein, which exists in high volumes in Alzheimer's patients - in the part of the brain that controls memory and cognition....more

Getting Ready for the Holidays with Granny

We are about to have six dogs and twelve people converge on our parents' home for the holiday. Thankfully, my parents have a good sized back yard and plenty of sleeping room. Now, if all the personalities could fit in the house.My mom has been looking forward to this for a long time. Yet, I constantly hear mumbles in her voice about how our grandmother is going to ruin everything. Chances are, she might. But, if we plan for that to happen, and assume the worst, we may be predicting our own future....more

Family Dynamics of Caring for an Elderly Parent

Three years ago, my sister didn’t send my son a graduation card.  I’m always hosting family dinners at my house, but no one returns the favor.  No matter how many times I ask my brother to do something, I always end up doing it myself.  By the time most people need to care for their parents, they already have years of family dynamics and history that drive their interactions with one another. ...more

Screen for early signs of dementia at home

Did you know there's a test you can do at home to test your loved one (or yourself) for early signs of dementia? Georgia Tech created computer software that's similar to the paper version of "The Clock Drawing Test," something health care providers often use to screen for cognitive impairment.The ClockReader test is taken with a computer or tablet and a stylus pen. The test-taker is given a set amount ot time to draw a clock (with numbers) and the correct hour and  minute hands. ...more

Sharing the Burden of Caring for an Elderly Parent

Like a child, it “takes a village” to care for an elderly parent.  Providing care for your parents can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  But, it can also be a job filled with taxing, and sometimes thankless work that can be physically and emotionally overwhelming--a perfect time to reach out for help. Take the Help, Leave the Guilt...more

Caring for Granny or Did You Forget Who the Star of This Show Is?

Right now, our lives are a little busy.  My sister is helping start Making Care Easier and is traveling around the US helping to support her former boss - Mitt Romney.  Mike and I are working six days a week.  Aunt Mary just moved and is dealing with all the hastles that that involves and taking care of Granny.  Mom and dad are traveling and trying to sell their house that has been on the market for about a year (4 bed, 2 bath in Streator, IL anyone?)  Who has time for Granny?  You WILL ALL make time, that’s who....more

Crazy Caregiver's First Blog

    My caregiving life,unbeknownst to me, began very long ago....more