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4 Problems that Senior Home Care Agencies Face and Ways to Come Out of Them No Comments

There is no doubt about the increasing success of the senior home care industry. However, the industry is also facing certain challenges. Owing to its rise in demand, there have been many complications, as well. If you are planning to start a home care agency, you must see to it that you are equipped to face all the issues and complexities associated with the industry…

Aging with Grace: The Benefit of Yoga for Seniors No Comments

Buddhism and Hinduism define Yoga as a “spiritual discipline,” but for today’s senior citizens, it means much more. When the topic of Yoga for seniors popped up, I instantly thought of my best friend’s grandmother, well into her seventies, who has been happily practicing this ancient technique for many decades…

Preparing To Say Goodbye and Other Challenges of the Heart No Comments

I found out this week that my father’s years-long battle with cancer has moved to a terminal stage. And while the news is not completely unexpected, it is a frightening jolt to be faced with his mortality in terms of months, all the same. My father has quietly admitted that he is afraid and not yet ready to die; heartbreaking words from someone whose emotions are usually very reserved. My dad would likely be surprised to know…

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The Mysteries of Grief: When No One Say Thanks No Comments

Her story is like hundreds of others I have listened to. She took care of her husband long past the time when it was healthy for her to do so. The children and his siblings would drop by to visit for a while but never seemed to notice her burden. Friends would ask about her husband’s health and show concern for him, but no one ever asked how she was holding up, and rarely did anyone ask what they could do to give her some relief. She labored on not even realizing that there is grief in long term care…

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Dear Mary: No Dinner For My Father No Comments

Dear Mary, I dropped by after work a couple of times this week to see my parents who are both in their mid 70’s. I was shocked to find the house in darkness, my Mother asleep and my Dad watching TV. I asked him if they had had an early supper. He just simply said, there is no supper tonight. He said basically the same thing on my second visit this week. Seems Mom sleeps alot in the afternoon and does not make supper anymore. What? Why? As of when? Many nights my Father makes some toast and jam for his dinner around 8:30 when he starts to get hungry…

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Dear Mary: Welcome to My World No Comments

Dear Mary, I have the major caregiver to both my parents for 14 years. My father died in 2000 and I have been looking after mom ever since. She had open heart surgery at the age of 85, she had a significant personality change. I also have a mentally challenged sister who has just been diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. To make matters worse, my brother, the alcoholic play boy has been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. He has nothing to lose so he tried to sell my mothers’ land and he will not pay…

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Dear Mary: Need to Know No Comments

Dear Mary, My Dad has MS and has about 4 months left to live. We are a very close family and his situation has finally set in with family and friends. My Dad and our family are bombarded with questions about his health on a daily bases. My Dad is a very private person and we are all getting tired of the same questions. We know that everyone means well but it is too much for us to handle. What should we do? George…

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