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New Hope for an Alzheimer’s Cure

An interview with Dr. William Thies, chief medical and scientific officer for the Alzheimer’s Association.
 In the spring of 2011, the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association announced a new pre-clinical stage of Alzheimer’s Disease, marking the first change in the definition of the illness in 27 years. The announcement grows out of […] ... More
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Hidden Costs of Caregiving

The biggest decision about caregiving—“Do I do it myself or do I hire someone outside the family?”—is frequently based on an arithmetical calculation: what’s the difference between the cost of an outside caregiver and my take-home salary? For many of us, this is an “ouch!” moment. People often find that their wages barely cover the […] ... More
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The Challenge of Remote Caregiving

The very idea of caring for a family member in a different zip code—much less a different time zone—has little precedent. Go back 100 years and most extended families shared a single dwelling. At the most, grandma and grandpa lived across town. Today that’s all changed. The centrifugal forces propelling family members far and wide […] ... More
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Helping Men Become Better Caregivers

For many families, caregiving duties automatically fall to women. According to an AARP study, most caregivers are female. But the same study showed that more men are starting to take on the caregiver’s role.  That’s good news on the gender equality front. But if things are getting fairer, there’s still progress to be made. And to […] ... More
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Why Home Matters—Especially at the End

My beloved mother-in-law made her departure from this world last week. Despite all of my writing about aging and illness, I couldn’t write about her when it was happening. At 74 and vivacious to the end, she seemed far too young for something this final. Even today, a week later, pressing the send button on […] ... More
Saturday Evening Post Editorial Director Steven Slon.

Distance Caregivers Aren’t Getting Help They Need

The very idea of caring for a family member in a different zip code—much less a different time zone—has little precedent. Go back 100 years and most extended families shared a single dwelling. At the most, grandma and grandpa lived across town. Today that’s all changed. The centrifugal forces propelling family members far and wide […] ... More
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Caregiving: The Trouble with Wearing An ‘Alert’ Bracelet

The necklaces and bracelets made famous by those “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” TV advertisements back in the ‘80s can seem like a brilliant idea. So simple, so inexpensive. Such devices, also known as PERS (Personal Emergency Response Systems) certainly can work fine. There’s just one catch. The fallen one has to actively press a button to signal for help, and frequently the system breaks down. ... More
Saturday Evening Post Editorial Director Steven Slon

Is Caregiving Good for You?

Caregiving is no picnic. Do I even need to say that? By definition, the job is stressful and debilitating. A mountain of reports have linked caregiving to heart disease, depression and a shorter lifespan. So, it comes as a surpise to find a cluster of new studies that seem to conclude caregiving is good for you. That’s right, instead of wearing you down, making you demented or depressed, good for you! ... More
Saturday Evening Post Editorial Director Steve Slon

Caregiving: How to Help When Help’s Not Wanted

How old do you have to be to be considered a “grownup”? For some people, it’s 18 or 21; for others, it’s not a precise age, but the distinction of becoming finally self sufficient. Of course, for many of us, in the eyes of our parents, the answer is: never. ... More
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“Help, Robot! I’ve fallen and I Need You to Pick Me Up”

Imagine having a robot around the house that can lift a frail elder if they fall when you are not around. Now visualize automated dresser drawers that can literally talk and guide a dementia patient through the complex—and often stressful—act of getting dressed in the morning. You are seeing what could very well be the future of caregiving. ... More

Labor of Love

Karen Osborne, a mother, wife, and insurance manager in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, found herself taking on a new role — caregiver — when her father’s health began to fail. ... More