caregivers

SENIORNAVIGATOR E-QUICKTIP: Long-Distance Caregiving

SENIORNAVIGATOR E-QUICKTIP: Long-Distance Caregiving

Do any of these situations sound familiar to you?

-The phone rings at 10 p.m. notifying you that your father has fallen and rushed to the hospital with a probable broken hip.

-You call your mother several times one afternoon and evening without any answer.

-Your aunt’s neighbor calls you to tell you that the papers are piling up on the front doorstep over the past week and she is not answering the door.

Whether you live an hour away or across the country, long-distance caregiving can be a challenge for many families.

The Comfort of Home for Parkinson Disease: A Guide for Caregivers

By Maria M. Meyer and Paula Derr

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"This comprehensive guide to the day-to-day issues confronted by Parkinson disease patients and their caregivers covers every caregiving stage. It's all here in an illustrated, easy-to-read format, including the decision to provide home care, preparing the home, assisting with daily activities, financial management, and strategies for avoiding caregiver burnout. This guide also includes information on the specific issues that PD patients and caregivers face, as well as tips on purchasing equipment, travel, therapies, loss of motor skills, and communicating effectively with physicians."
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The Family on Beartown Road

By Elizabeth Cohen

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Elizabeth, a member of the “sandwich generation”—-those caught in the middle, simultaneously caring for their children and for their aging parents—is the mother of baby Ava and the daughter of Daddy, and responsible for both. In this story full of everyday triumphs, first steps, and an elder’s confusion, Ava finds each new picture, each new word, each new song, something to learn greedily, joyfully. Daddy is a man in his twilight years, for whom time moves slowly and lessons are not learned but quietly, frustratingly forgotten. Elizabeth, a suddenly single mother with a career and a mortgage and a hamperful of laundry, finds her world spiraling out of control. Faced with mounting disasters, she chooses to confront life head-on, and to see the unique beauty in each and every moment.

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