The act of caring for another individual who cannot care for themselves, such as a child, a disabled or very elderly adult. Caregiving may begin with assistance with IADLs (Instrumental Activities of Daily Living) such as help with finances, shopping and medication management and then progress to help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as dressing, bathing, toileting and food preparation. Caregiving may also occur at a distance, when care is managed and coordinated, rather than directly delivered. Caregivers are either members fo the caree’s family (unpaid) or hired by the family or the government to provide care (paid).

Chemotherapy While Single

My friend Rebecca who lives alone, is getting chemotherapy for Stage 3 breast cancer. Here are her strategies for getting through treatment whole.

/ September 7, 2019
Over the Counter Medications for Constipation

The Big No Go

Constipation in older adults is common and affects quality of life. When severe, it can be life threatening. This article reviews the latest treatments and thoughts about prevention.

/ May 1, 2019

Medicaid Helps Seniors and Their Caregivers

We can all agree that Medicaid should be reformed, but few people realize that it’s a major funder of long-term care services for seniors.  

/ September 28, 2017