Category Archives: Caregiver Support

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia: Tips for Effective Communication

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Communication can be one of the greatest barriers for those whose loved ones are living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Thelma Branson, a registered nurse and director of long-term care at Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, shares these tips for communicating with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease continue reading…

Being Mortal Offers Guidance for Families Facing Serious Illness

“As our time winds down, we all seek comfort in simple pleasures,” Atul Gawande writes in his bestseller, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, “companionship, everyday routines, the taste of good food, the warmth of sunlight on our faces.” Yet so often modern medicine treats those who are aging or dying as simply continue reading…

Getting the Family Involved in Caregiving

When a loved one’s health declines, caregiving responsibilities tend to fall to one person. In addition to managing appointments, providing basic care and handling health crises, the primary caregiver also faces the psychological burden of watching a loved one’s health deteriorate. Because caregiving can be difficult, it’s best when the whole family lends support. Though continue reading…

Five Things to Know About The Grieving Teen

Adolescence is always difficult, but adding a loved one’s serious illness into the mix can make this time even more complicated. The needs of a grieving teenager are unique and shouldn’t be overlooked. Following are five important things to know about the grieving teen. 1. Teenagers need to share in the family’s grief process. Many continue reading…

Is Palliative Care Right for My Loved One?

Palliative care may be right for your loved one if he or she is experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms due to a serious life-limiting illness. Serious illnesses include but are not limited to cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, renal failure, Alzheimer’s and ALS. Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness. continue reading…