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About kaypaggi

I am an Aging Life Care Professional/ geriatric care manager in private practice. I have been active in eldercare consulting since 1994. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Gerontological Counselor (the only one in north Texas), and a Care Manager, Certified. I have been a certified Mediator since 1993, and recently achieved certification as an ElderCare Mediator.

Sleep Aids

Most over-the-counter (OTC) sleep aids contain diphenhydramine. This drug often causes constipation, confusion, dizziness, and next-day drowsiness. These are particularly bad side effects for older adults. OTC sleep aids also lead to impaired balance, poor coordination and poor driving performance … Continue reading

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‘Gerontology’ refers to the study of aging. Generally a degree in gerontology enables the holder to become an administrator of a nursing home or other age-related facility.  There is no license or certification associated with Gerontology. A ‘Gerontologist’ is a … Continue reading

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Continuing Care Retirement Communities

This are known as ‘CCRC’s’; much easier on the tongue! In general these have apartments beginning with active retirement living, later apartments in assisted living, and include apartments in temporary rehabilitation, and long term care in a skilled nursing unit … Continue reading

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Caregiver Bill of Rights

I have the right to: Take care of myself. This helps me maintain the ability to take better care of my care-receiver. Seek help from others even though my care receiver may object. Recognize the limits of my endurance and … Continue reading

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We are entering the cold and Flu season. Here are some tips to keep you and your care receiver healthy. Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate) does not kill the virus but prevents its spread until the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks, … Continue reading

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Caregiving Guidelines

When providing care for a loved one, remember not to assume responsibility for meeting those needs  that they are able to meet without your assistance. Do not do for them what they can do for themselves. This is demeaning and … Continue reading

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Cant’ We Talk about Something more PLEASANT??

I encouraged my readers to attend the recent Dallas Area Gerontological Society’s forum on ‘Having “the” Conversation’. My October Caregiver eLetter is about the book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. I imagine that people are beginning to think I am … Continue reading

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