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

Caring for Elderly Parents - Connecting for Caring

Making Care Easier (MCE) is working to improve the ways families are caring for their elderly parents. Now more than ever, families are spread across the country. Our mission is to make care easier for the entire family by providing the tools and information needed to help everyone stay connected and take an active part in caring. I'd love to hear your story and get your suggestions what we can build online to make your lives easier....more

Long Distance Caregiving Tips

More than 7 million Americans identify themselves as long distance caregivers. If you are the only caregiver and far away, these tips will help you to provide a unique level of care for your loved one, no matter the distance.Collect Important Information about your loved one. Organized info, including your loved one’s medical, dental, financial, legal and insurance can prove to be a big help in preparation for an unexpected crisis. Financial RecordsA detailed list of assets and any debts accrued...more

Teachable Moments: Consider the Spouse

Elder Care: Make your instincts your friend

I was never on the cheerleading squad in high school.  But when it comes to women acknowledging how much we know and can apply to the elder care situation from our own life experiences, I’m all about jumping, shouting and shaking those pompoms. We have so much inner strength. Still, there’s one thing missing:  we don’t trust ourselves.It seems whenever I’m in a new situation the first thing I do is look for a specialist, someone who’s not me and therefore will surely be more competent than I think myself to be....more

Have I Lost My Mom? Is It Too Late?

It came all of a sudden. Watching my mom drawing her blood to check her glucose level every morning before breakfast starts my everyday. She would then unfold a piece of paper where she normally notes down her numbers and would visibly relax, indicating that no insulin injection was needed. She was so good at this and I trusted her diligence completely. It was by chance that I reached out for that piece of paper to check how her diabetes was getting controlled. I was confused at what I saw. The numbers she had written were scratchy and unreadable, her dates were wrong, and they were going in all directions, totally missing the grid lines on the paper. I looked at her last legible entry. It was one month before....more
It sounds like you're doing everything that you can, so you shouldn't feel bad about that. ...more

The Little Things That are Huge in Old Age

It is – however Hallmarkish the saying – the little things that matter. And I don’t actually mean that, picking out the perfect Hallmark card every Mother’s Day, which I do, spending countless minutes in front of the sappy Hallmark Dearest Mother section. I don’t even mean the first gift I ever remember, at age six, making for my mother, an elaborately magic marker-colored bookmark. ...more

Jigsaw puzzles made specifically for dementia/Alzheimer's patients

We already know puzzles are good for kids' cognitive skills. ...more