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Below is a list of articles from past newsletters to help you on your caregiving journey.

Alzheimer’s Disease Related to Poor Dental Health

I don’t know many people who look forward to going to the dentist.  Until recently I hadn’t had a cavity or dental work other than cleanings for over 15 years.  Having multiple cavities filled as a child was an early and good lesson teaching me to brush and floss my teeth daily to avoid preventable pain related to necessary dental work.Click Here to Read More

 Are You In Poor Health or Good Health? 

Good health or aging successfully doesn’t depend only on the state of our physical health and level of activity.  There are other contributing factors that we often overlook like mental health and our level of social contact and support. It is all of these factors combined that determine whether we will age healthy or age sickly. Even more interesting, research proves that individuals who rate themselves as being “in poor health” are more likely to die before their peers who report themselves as being “in good health”.

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Preparing for the Unexpected

How many of you are familiar with the term power of attorney?  How many of you have completed power of attorney documents for medical and financial needs?  How many of you have completed your will?  If you don’t have these documented completed, you’re in the majority. Statistics show that less than 20% of individuals have completed these documents.  Delays in completing these documents occur for three main reasons; 1) we’re not sure who to appoint for this important role, 2) we don’t understand the importance of having these documents and 3) we don’t believe we’re old enough to need them.
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Time to Give Up the Car Keys?

We love our cars.  Some of us love the type of car we own and the way it looks; sporty, shiny or compact. For others it’s the way our cars make us feel when we’re driving; a convertible with the wind blowing through our hair. Others love the ability to jump in the car and go for a drive; the freedom and mobility a car provides.
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Caregiver Stress and Burden- Becoming Your Own Worst Nightmare

Caregivers are happy, energetic, helpful people ready to jump in to lend a helping hand.  Caregivers are individuals who find it impossible to say no and who refuse to manage their schedules but instead allow schedules, requests and demands to manage them.  It’s this inability to say no in addition to readily accepting additional caregiving responsibility that results in caregiver stress and burden.  After all who wants to admit we can’t do it all? Not us.
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Research Indicates That Morning Resident Care is Being Neglected

If you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term care community does it seem that morning care including getting out of bed, appropriate hygiene, tooth brushing, toileting and dressing is hit or miss?  If this is your experience you may be right at least 40% of the time.  Research completed in long term care communities, also called nursing homes, indicates that residents who require greater than average physical care often miss morning care routines.
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Too Busy to Care

How many of us find ourselves too busy to really care?  I recently helped a client identify a care community for a loved one who experienced a long list of health complications.  This was a rather long journey of identifying communities, having assessments completed and receiving declines because the care needed was too significant for available care community staff or there were unexpressed, hidden concerns.
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Protecting Your Virtual Life

My niece recently posted questionable information on the internet that appeared on my Facebook page because we were friends; after reading the content I immediately and secretly “un-friended” her.  I didn’t want the information in her post to appear on my page with readers assuming I approved of her conduct.  Maybe I’ve become prudish in my old age, but I believe there are too many posts that simply provide too much information and photographs that belong only in a private photo album rather than on the eternal library of the internet.
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10 Tips to Ensure an Effective Doctor Appointment

As we age, we typically experience one or more chronic diseases that benefit from medical oversight.  If you’re not familiar with the term chronic disease it means a generally incurable illness or condition that we live with for many years that is usually managed by medication but in the early stages may be reversed by diet, exercise or other preventative measures.  Common chronic diseases include: arthritis, asthma and related breathing difficulties, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and more recently memory loss.
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Care Planning- Making Realistic Plans

Planning for life, health and the future care of a loved one involves predicting what might happen. Predicting what might happen may be easier in some situations than in others depending on the number of factors that must be considered, for example financial, health and available caregivers, potential complications and the ever present unknown, identified as we don’t know what we don’t know.

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Benefits of Care Advocacy Related to Caregiver Expectations and Actual Experiences of Care

I frequently receive calls of disappointment from family members about the care situations of loved ones — who are hospitalized or at a rehabilitation community for a short term stay or a loved one who is living in a retirement community or at home — receiving what appears to family to be a marginal or an unacceptable level of care from professional care providers. The concerns expressed have a similar theme with many family caregivers describing different expectations of care.

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Caregiver Burnout?

Who imagined that a term would be developed to describe the feelings of frustration, overwhelm, anger, exasperation and the guilt one feels as a result of the role of caregiving? Caregivers experiencing impatience or feeling worn down or burned out can now explain to others that they are experiencing “compassion fatigue”. The dictionary describes compassion fatigue as exhaustion, emotional distress or apathy resulting from the constant demands of caring for others.

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Caregiving- Money and Psychological Well-Being in Later Life

Having a sense of control over financial circumstances supports psychological well-being as we age. After retirement, monthly income is derived from social security and financial investments. Health care expenses, like the costs of caregiving, health insurance and prescription drugs, may increase substantially based on an individual’s health diagnoses. The ability to manage financial matters in mid-and late life contributes substantially to the idea of maintaining quality of life. Available finances, not encumbered by substantial debt, contribute to the ability to receive beneficial care as individuals experience changes in health and rely on family or professional caregivers.

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colorado professional fiduciary

The Care Navigator serves as Colorado professional fiduciary in the roles of medical and financial power for clients in the Front Range and the Denver area. The relationship of power of attorney is considered a professional fiduciary relationship in the state of Colorado meaning a relationship based on confidence and trust that the Colorado power of attorney or Colorado professional fiduciary will act in the client’s best interest to protect health, property, or money.

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professional guardianship standards

Almost anyone can be a professional guardian. Are the results the same from guardian to guardian or is there a difference between professional guardians who commit to implement the standards of membership organizations? How might wards benefit from guardians whose actions support a higher standard of care and oversight? Here are a few other questions to ponder:

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Click the arrow to learn more about Pamela’s book, The Caregiving Trap:Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes

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