— 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 …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources. ¬†The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. The Relevance of Ritual Is ritual relevant in the 21st century? Is ritual really worth the bother? In order to answer these questions, we need a basic understanding of the Whys and Hows of conducting ritual‚ÄĒparticularly end-of-life ritual. The purpose of ritual is timeless‚ÄĒthe integration of the mind, body, and spirit during times that defy explication. Through …

— 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 …

Governor Signs Mississippi Caregiver Act

— November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 200,000 in Idaho, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home ‚Äď as opposed to costly institutions. In the Gem State alone, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $2 billion annually. Today, the average Idaho family caregiver is a 60-year-old female, who takes care of an 81-year-old woman ‚Äď usually her mother. She provides …

— ¬†‚ÄúWhatever happens to me, I don‚Äôt want to end up in a nursing home!‚ÄĚ Sound familiar?¬† Almost all express that wish, fearing becoming dependent on others.¬† However, reconciling one‚Äôs wishes with the reality of their needs can pose challenges and feelings of guilt for even the most devoted family caregiver. You want to do everything you can for your loved one, but it‚Äôs likely you will eventually need some type of outside help. In-Home Care may be an important part …

— 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 can also find the podcast on¬†TuneIn, which also has an¬†iPhone¬†and¬†Android¬†app as well. 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 can also find the podcast on¬†TuneIn, which also has an¬†iPhone¬†and¬†Android¬†app as well.

— Part 1.¬†¬†Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations‚ÄĒa program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Nadine Roberts Cornish, founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC and Paul Leon Ramsey, Executive Director of a Little Help.   Part 2.¬†¬†Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations‚ÄĒa program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Tina Wells …