Caregiver Resentment and How it's like Weeds in your Garden!

Posted by Pam Brandon on May 11, 2018 8:30:06 AM

I just can't help but talk about gardening this time of year.  I admit it - I'm addicted.  It's not uncommon for me to get my garden gloves on early on a Saturday morning and still have them on when at sundown.  Once I start working in my garden, I just can't stop - especially this time of year.  So why am I going to talk about caregivers resentment and weeds in your garden?

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, Caregiver, caregivers, Faith Community, family caregivers, Pam Brandon, Resentment

Parkinson's Disease and Dementia - What you Need to Know

Posted by Pam Brandon on Feb 6, 2018 7:39:46 AM

Eldercare is becoming more about caring for those with dementia.  Because our fastest growing segment of the population are those 85 and older, it correlates with the rise in people living with dementia.  In fact, one in three people age 85 and older are living with some level of dementia.   There are over 1 million Americans living with Parkinson's Disease and over 10 million worldwide.  This number is also rising with the increase in longevity.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, dementia, Care Partners, Dementia Live, leadership, Parkinson's Disease, family caregivers

Why are my parents suddenly so stubborn?

Posted by Pam Brandon on Sep 19, 2017 10:12:02 AM

The Big "S" word.  It comes up more often than you would think and for good reason.  Adult children who are in any phase of caregiving for their parents, even in the very beginning stages share their frustrations of their parents suddenly being stubborn.   Why is this happening?

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, behaviors, caregiving, Faith Community, role reversal, family caregivers, parents, children, older adults

Boomers Optimistic about Their Future - Until They Need Care

Posted by Pam Brandon on Sep 12, 2017 2:29:02 PM

A survey form the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today concluded that most Boomers are optimistic about their future.  That is until you ask them about needing help as they age.  When it comes to the issues surrounding who will provide caregiving when they no longer are able, optimism turns to fear.

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, caregivers, leadership, caregiving, Faith Community, family caregivers, families, long term care, Shortages, home care, boomers

Caregiver's Bill of Rights - Words of Guidance and Hope

Posted by Pam Brandon on Aug 25, 2017 10:30:27 AM

Families caring for aging adults have and will continue to reach unprecedented numbers affecting every corner of our society.   We MUST address the complex needs of this population who are the foundation of long-term care nationwide, exceeding Medicaid long-term care spending in all states (National Alliance for Caregiving and Overcare, March 2009).  Jo Horne, author of Caregiving:  Helping an Aging Love One created the Caregiver's Bill of Rights. These are powerful and impactful words of hope and guidance for each and every person caring for a family member or friend:

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Topics: AGE-u-cate Training Institute, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, compassionate touch, Hospital Professionals, caregiving, family caregivers, aging, faith communities, long term care, Dementia Live™️

"Fragile- Handle with Care".. Family Caregiver

Posted by Pam Brandon on Jun 16, 2017 10:33:17 AM

Looking back to my years a family caregiver, I wonder if I'd worn a badge that read "Fragile - Handle with Care",  it might have been easier for others to understand me.  Why I often had puffy eyes from crying, or scatter brained from sleep deprivation.  I can remember a certain period of time when I was issued a number of traffic violations...speeding through a school zone of all things (my children were both in elementary school at the time).  Thank goodness this was before cell phones.  There were times when I simply wasn't myself.  I was emotional, physically and spiritually worn out and burned out.  Thinking clearly was often a challenge because I was overwhelmed.

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Topics: The Faith Community, Senior Care Professionals, Family Caregiver, family caregivers, education, resources, understanding, support

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