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Who’s on First: The ER, Your PCP or Urgent Care?

When a medical issue arises, do you know where to go to receive the best medical attention? Is the condition painful or scary enough to require emergency room (ER) services – and the potentially long wait times and hefty insurance co-pays or deductibles? Is your condition more of a nuisance that can wait to be seen by your primary care physician (PCP)? Which somewhere-in-the-middle situations are urgent care centers able to treat?

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I Swear... Handling Dementia-Induced Foul Language & Inappropriate Comments

Obscene remarks. Nasty name-calling. Lewd ‘compliments.’ Dementia can make a casual curser's colorful language more vibrant or give them a brand-new vocabulary that would make a sailor blush. Either way, the embarrassment and frustration caregivers experience when trying to tone down their loved one’s excessive swearing can have them muttering a few choice words of their own.

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Refusing to Accept Outside Caregivers

Finally time for a well-deserved caregiving break, right? Wrong! You may be ready, but your loved one may not be. Once you reach a stage that you feel able to take a break or simply need a break from your caregiving duties and they reach a stage where more help is needed, you may start researching your options and getting your loved one ready for the change.

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Hurting the Ones They Love: Dementia & Caregiver Abuse

Anger, irritability, and pointed criticisms are common among people with dementia, and you may have already learned some tools to cope with dementia-induced outbursts. When their internal anger manifests as mental, emotional, or physical abuse toward you or other family members, however, you’re going to need a bigger toolkit.

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Passing the Checkbook: 5 Signs It’s Time to Handle Your Loved One’s Finances

Knowing when – and how – to manage a parent’s finances is a tricky business for many reasons: people with memory loss may resent the implication – regardless of its validity – that they are incapable of handling their affairs; they are embarrassed by or grieving the loss of their independence; they don’t trust someone else with their personal information, perhaps to the point of paranoia; other parties may accuse a family caregiver of taking advantage of

Who Are You? Recognizing Capgras Syndrome

In 1923, a patient of French psychiatrist Jean-Marie Joseph Capgras, Madame M, was convinced her husband, children, neighbors, and even the police had been replaced by look-alike imposters or, as you may have heard them called, changelings. Madame M’s was perhaps not the first documented case of such a phenomenon, but it did give a name to it: Capgras syndrome.