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June 25th, 2016

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Aging with Grace…

Dear Grace, My mom is in her late sixties and seems to be feeling down lately. My dad passed away last year and she went to grief counseling and I thought she was doing okay, until recently. She seems tired all the time and is not interested in doing anything. She recently saw her doctor and her physical health is good. The doctor suggested she may...

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Aging with Grace…

As we go through this life, we often times have to make choices for ourselves and our loved ones that we wish we could avoid. We can either try to delay the decision or work through the process and come to the best decision possible. This week’s column addresses this process, which is not always and easy one. Dear Grace, I’m helping my sister Judy...

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Aging with Grace…

I recently heard from a reader dealing with a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in a loved one he cares for. Since this is a common infection for elderly persons especially those with Alzheimer’s or another form of Dementia, this week’s column will answer these questions and provide some addition tips and information. Dear Grace, I’m the main caregiver...

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Aging with Grace…

As we go through life, often times we are busy working and caring for others, with little to no time for ourselves. Then one day we wake up and realize we’re not in very good health, feel depressed, tired, and definitely not socially active; so what do we do now? Dear Grace, I love your column and have found it helpful on several topics. I’m caring...

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Aging with Grace…

Caregiving is a challenging and rewarding experience that at times doesn’t receive the recognition and acknowledgement it deserves. This quote seemed appropriate: “People will forget what you said, People will forget what you did, But people will never forget How you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou Q. My husband has recently been diagnosed with Alz...

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Aging with Grace…

With the time change and our evenings staying lighter a little longer each day, this seems like a good time to answer questions related to concerns about having a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s wander away from home and become lost. Dear Grace, I’m caring for my husband who has Alzheimer’s and lately he wants to go out for walks alone more...

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Aging with Grace…

I’ve recently received inquiries regarding grief and depression so this week I’ll offer some insight, information and suggestions. Dear Grace, This winter my Dad passed away and my Mom is now living alone. I’ve noticed that she just doesn’t seem to be herself anymore; she’s not eating well and she doesn’t want to leave the house. She refuses to go...

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Aging with Grace…

When you become the main caregiver for a loved one, many times other family members are involved. This involvement can take many forms from financial support to active physical support or in some instances, no support at all. Each situation/family is different and each person within the family handles the emotional stress of having an ill loved one...

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Aging with Grace…

I’ve received several inquiries about how to handle specific situations involving someone with a dementia illness, so this column is all about helpful strategies/tips for living with a loved one who has some form of dementia/Alzheimer’s. How we communicate is vastly different from what we are used to doing and no two cases are exactly the same. Bei...

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Aging With Grace…

When a loved one needs a caregiver’s support… One topic that comes up fairly often at caregiver support meetings is: Am I capable of being a caregiver? The simple answer is yes, we are all capable of being a caregiver in some way or another. Being a caregiver for a loved one doesn’t mean you have to care for someone 24/7, all by yourself. Here are...

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