Kathleen Cleary

Isn’t It Time You Had a Break?

March 5, 2013

Are you watching those ads to tropical locations with a bit of wistful envy these days?

Perhaps you are in a situation where you really cannot get away for a week or ten days to the warmth of sun and sand.

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7 Tips to Avoiding Financial Elder Abuse

February 19, 2013

Financial elder abuse is becoming an increasing problem in our society. The frightening part is the sophistication of these scammers:

By preying on the emotions of our seniors, they are able to convince them to wire money to unknown accounts.

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Adult Children Caring for Parents and Avoiding Medical Errors

February 12, 2013

Recently, EldercareABC.com published the following article in their newsletter:

Children caring for parents often assist in keeping track of their parent’s health records. This can be a daunting task as many seniors see multiple physicians who may prescribe several medications for a variety of conditions. Keeping good medication and medical records can help prevent dangerous medical and medication errors.

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When the Time Comes

January 29, 2013

Last night I read a wonderful publication published by HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc. called “When the Time Comes” a Caregiver’s Guide. This sweet little booklet was written to help those of us who are not in the medical field, learn what to expect when a loved one is dying as well as things we can do to care for someone in the final weeks and days of life.

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Is there a right way to deal with GRIEF?

January 22, 2013

I became my sister’s caregiver in Jan. of 2004. I never in a million years thought this would happen. We were not close and had been estranged intermittently over the years. Our rocky relationship was a constant in both our lives yet the moment she shared with me that she was ill, we became inseparable.

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35 Adaptations & Accommodations for Aging Parents

January 15, 2013

By Tonia Boterf Difficulty bathing – is likely due to fear of falling and usually takes many accommodations to overcome. Color of dishware/accessories/tabletop ease meal time difficulties – color of dinner plate should be in sharp contrast against table or placemat. For example: white plate on red mat. This creates less mess because the senior can see […]

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Five Easy Steps to Finding and Hiring an In–Home Caregiver

January 8, 2013

As your parents and other loved ones get older, your top concern becomes providing them with the care they need in a comfortable environment. A comfortable environment for aging Americans increasingly means remaining in their own home, rather than moving to a retirement home or other institution.

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Choosing Useful Gifts for Seniors

December 18, 2012

So, it’s time to find the perfect gift for your loved one. This can pose a challenge if we think traditionally about our elders and what they might need—another tie, a book, a new sweater? Leaving you feeling somewhat empty and uncreative?? If you start to think outside the box and really put some thought into what […]

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Time to Get Off the Roller Coaster!

December 11, 2012

Are you on a lifetime roller coaster when it comes to your weight?

I have been there: lost the weight, found the weight, lost the weight, found the weight!

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5 Ways to Manage Holiday Financial Stress

December 4, 2012

Your goals these holidays include not overeating, staying calm and not OVER SPENDING. The last thing you want is the credit card hangover in January and starting 2013 on the wrong money foot. Start getting ready to check off items on your YEAR–END Checklist.

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