— For most people rooted in Western culture, it is difficult to ask for and receive help from other people. However, the reality is that we will all need help due to the challenges posed by aging and/or illness. So, how are we to overcome our resistance to assistance? Well, our friend the goose has much to teach us about giving and receiving care. Look to the skies. As geese fly in formation, they embody the essential ingredients of collaborative care: …

— On Thursday, February 8, more than 125 volunteers and staff will be in Boise advocating on behalf of AARP members and all older Idahoans on the crucial issue of Family Caregiving. While meeting with members of the legislature, these volunteers and staff will ask lawmakers to support Senate Bill 1262, the Patient Caregiver Support Act. According to the 2017 AARP Idaho Caregiving Survey, more than 80 percent of Idaho registered voters age 45 and older support the measures in SB …

— As professional or personal caregivers, we witness the suffering of others ‚Äď physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. To witness the pain and suffering of others is to be forever changed. Compassionate people bear the suffering of others and often times compromise their own health and well being when they assume too much of the burden. We must always be aware of where we end and the other person begins ‚Äď the importance of boundaries. We can companion others in life, …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources. ¬†The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. Critter Care I love critters. Always have. Always will. My family includes cats and dogs, always. I am not alone in my love of critters. According to American Pet Products Association, over 60 percent of all households in the United States have a pet. We love critters! Consequently, over 60 percent of households will be called to …

— Advance Directives‚ÄĒa topic that confuses or frightens most people. This is NOT something you want to consider. Medical care options and end-of-life decisions are emotionally charged and daunting, to say the least. However, if we reframe the conversation, maybe you will be more inclined to embrace the planning process. Instead of thinking about various death scenarios, consider the infinite options for LIFE! Planning for LIFE is a much more appealing and productive approach. How do you wish to LIVE until …

— Today, I want to chat about a philosophy and model of health care that offers tremendous hope to patients and families confronted by the daunting challenges of chronic and/or terminal illness‚ÄĒpalliative care‚ÄĒan unfamiliar term for most folks. But you‚Äôve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word ‚Äúhospice‚ÄĚ may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care‚ÄĒis frightening to most …

— Today I want to chat about goals of care‚ÄĒthe guide posts in the journey of caregiving that inform important decisions. Our goals of care serve as a much needed compass when navigating the challenges posed by advanced age or a serious illness. So pull up a chair. Grab a drink‚Ķ..Let‚Äôs chat for a bit! In the¬†iTunes Podcast store¬†for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the¬†Google Music store¬†for Android OS users, On¬†SoundCloud.com¬†or using the SoundCloud mobile app on both¬†iPhone¬†and¬†Android. You …

— Boise, ID ‚Äď In Idaho, more than 200,000 hardworking family caregivers are performing largely unnoticed but critical at-home medical services on family members and loved ones. Institutions and healthcare professional play a role in helping Idahoans live independently, but family caregivers in the Gem State are equally important by contributing an estimated $2 billion worth of unpaid care. These complex medical tasks can include managing injections, helping with assistive devices, operating equipment, wound care and more. ¬†Without the proper instruction …

— Have you ever considered where you will age? Or, perhaps a more appropriate question is‚ÄĒWhere ARE you aging? And, is your current home conducive to the aging process? Well, depending on your age and lived experience, you may or may not have considered these questions before. Regardless, these are important questions which have a direct bearing on not only where you will age‚Ķ.but how well you will age. In the¬†iTunes Podcast store¬†for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the¬†Google …

— Who is your family? Who can you count on at 3:00 a.m. to respond to your beck and call? And, who will you companion – without question – through the trials and tribulations of life? Your answers obviously depend on your age, your lifestyle (married, single, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc.), AND your relationship with critters – animals of all shapes and sizes! In our home, four-legged, furry critters are essential family members. So, critter care is an important aspect of …