Tom is the main caregiver for his mom, Beth. He is worried that she’s sick. He calls the doctor: “Hi Doctor, I’m worried about my mom. She just doesn’t seem herself. She doesn’t want to get out of bed. She looks weak. She recognizes me but she isn’t talking. She’s not eating either.” Does she have a fever? “I’m not sure, she feels kinda warm.” How do you know when a frail older person has become sick? In this and future posts I will talk about the importance of They are called “vital” signs for […]
Dr. Warren Wong
The hospital is a hard place for older patients. In a previous post, I described three awful things that happen too often. I was frequently asked to help care for frail older patients in the hospital. Based on these experiences, I came up with 8D's.
When you have an older loved one in the hospital, think of these 8 Ds:
Dr. Bruce Leff is my friend and colleague. I admire him greatly. Decades ago, he came to the realization that hospitalization of older adults can cause major problems. Instead, he wanted to bring hospital services to the home. In this post, Dr. Leff talks about how Hospital at Home works.
The hospital can be a dangerous place, especially for older patients. Decades ago, I met a physician named Dr. Bruce Leff. He asked the question: Can we bring the hospital to the home? There’s a reason he asked that question. He has a great explanation.
The Holidays are almost over. After a challenging and exhausting year, I am pausing to rest. I hope you do too.
Just recently I reconnected with a friend from high school Alyson Kuhn. She is co-author of a wonderful book I Hear You. Alyson and her co-author, gerontologist Jane Mahakian, provide insights on conversing with a person with Alzheimer’s. We thought it would be great to interview Alyson and wanted to get a post out before Christmas. We decided, however, to take a bit more time and not rush at the end of a long year.
In a previous post, my friend Shannon talked about gracefully and thankfully accepting a caregiver at a certain stage in life. Today’s post is Part 2 of our discussion. Shannon talks about the relationship “rules” that both the caregiver and the client need to keep in mind to make the relationship a strong one.
Did you know that November is National Family Caregivers Month? AARP Hawaii definitely knows and puts a tremendous amount of effort into a series of activities throughout the entire month. The AARP champion behind the scenes is Jackie Boland. A caregiver told her that AARP “saved my life!!”. In this short video Jackie tells that story, talks about “the Art of Caregiving”, “Sky Blossom” and Amy Goyer:
If you’re too busy to have fun, that’s not correct at all. The busier you are, the more important it is to have fun. Because Fun gives energy.
Do you have stress? Caregivers definitely have stress. There are many good ways to manage stress. One way is by having some fun. It’s hard to be having fun, laugh and be stressed at the same time. If you don’t know how to have fun, there’s a perfect gift for you coming out just before Christmas: