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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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GERONTOLOGIST versus GERIATRICIAN

‘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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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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FLU PREVENTION

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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Geriatric Care Managers

Lately I noticed several people who have decided they are geriatric care managers, mostly based on their experiences with their own parents. They advertise as experts in caregiving or care management, and purport to help families find appropriate care for … Continue reading

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Early Caregiving

My daughter had a relatively minor wrist surgery, and I went to stay with her for a few days during her initial recovery. The episode reminded me of the time I went to stay with my mother after she fell … Continue reading

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