Elder Care Series: The Strong Willed Elder

Caring for a strong willed loved one can be a challenge. If your elder has dementia, you likely have an added layer of strain built in. One way to ease the stress in your day is to learn to pick your battles. By following the tips below, you may be able to make your day more positive and avoid some of the common arguments you and your elder may have....

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Elder Care: Tips for Dealing with Caregiver Burnout

Being a caregiver to an elder can be tough yet rewarding. At times, it can be fun and other times it can emotionally taxing. If you’re a member of the “sandwich generation,” caring for your child and an elderly relative, it can be easy to feel at times like you’re at the end of your rope. Caregiver burnout is very real and something many of us deal with. The good...

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When Your Elder with Alzheimer’s No Longer Recognizes You

One of the most difficult situations that can come along with Alzheimer’s is your loved one no longer recognizing you. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen in the early stages of the disorder. According to Newsmax Health, over time this form of dementia “leads to visual perception problems specifically with faces.” They still love you, even if they don’t recognize your face. This does not mean that your elder no longer knows...

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Quick Ways to Deal with Caregiver Stress

Caring for a loved one can be rewarding yet difficult. Many caregivers admit that at times caring for their elder can leave them feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While you may not be able to leave your elder unattended for more than a few minutes, there are several quick ways to de-stress that take 30 minutes or less. Some of the activities below can also be enjoyed with your elder, and...

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What is Sundowning?

Does your elder suffer from sundowners? While someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia may be agitated, confused, or restless throughout the day, sundowning is when the persons symptoms increase as the sun sets in the late afternoon and evening hours. Sundowning is very common, and it’s estimated that 66% of people with dementia deal with this disorder. According to WebMD, “Fading light seems to be the trigger. The symptoms can get...

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The True Numbers of Caregiving

28% of Canadians age 15 and up are caregivers. To fall into this category, they provide at least 2 hours of care to another person each week. Of that number, 54% of caregivers are women. Out of the 8 million people in Canada who are caregivers, 1 in 4 are in the “sandwich generation,” meaning they care for both a parent (or other adult) plus their child. The most common...

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Lewy Body Dementia – The Very Common Yet Unknown Dementia

Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) is the second most common type of progressive dementia, but many people haven’t heard of it. It’s closely related to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and shares many of the symptoms with these two more widely known disorders. LBD is often misdiagnosed because it does resemble other disorders. LBD is hard to diagnose, due to the fact that it does resemble other disorders. Like Parkinson’s, patients can suffer...

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The Negatives of Paying an Elder Caregiver in Cash

Many people assume paying a caregiver in cash keeps the situation simple, but this method has many negatives involved that outweigh the simplicity. Paying an employee under the table means you don’t get your tax breaks, the employee doesn’t get their benefits, and you could be in for steep fines and penalties later on. Wave Goodbye to Tax Credits When Paying in Cash Paying for your elder’s medical expenses, including...

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Travelling with Grandma: The Do’s and Don’ts

This guest post is courtesy of SOSsitter.ca! How to win at the intergenerational vacation game. What’s that old saying? “You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time”.” ― John Lydgate. Truer words were never spoken, particularly when it comes to intergenerational family vacations. Family getaways...

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Assess Your Elder’s Needs Before Hiring a Caregiver

Before hiring a caregiver, you need to Assess Your Elder’s Needs and decide which types of care and services are required. For example, you wouldn’t hire a non-medical skilled homemaker if your loved one needs skilled nursing services. As your senior’s advocate, you need to decide which areas need help before hiring a job candidate. Think about what ways or tasks can best utilize the time of a paid employee, and...

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Deborah Shure answers the question about whether your nanny or elder caregiver is your employee or self employed
Deborah Shure answers the hard questions and discusses nanny & elder caregiver contracts, gross versus net pay & more
Deborah Shure discusses why paying your nanny or elder caregiver cash under the table is never a good idea
Deborah Shure discusses why an online calculator might not be the answer to your calculation frustration
Deborah Shure helps you get started with payroll for your nanny or elder caregiver