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An hospitalized older adult and his caregiver listening to the doctor

What to Know as a Caregiver Before a Loved One’s Hospital Visit

As caregivers, we may encounter sudden changes in a loved one’s health or behavior due to a chronic illness or accident, like a fall. This can be especially worrisome if these changes occur in the middle of the night. We want to get them the help they need as soon as we can, but the first challenge may be trying to decide what is the appropriate place to receive care.

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By Lauri Scharf | 05/16/2022

Senior Center Policy: Challenges and Recommendations

This is an up-to-date virtual discussion on senior center policy and serving older adults in our communities, presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition. We provide an overview of challenges, strategies and recommendations on key issues faced by older adults who utilize senior center services.

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By Bob Blancato, Melinda Forstey, Dabney Conwell, Abigail Carney | 04/29/2022

A caregiver helping an older loved one with dementia during mealtime

Managing a Loved One with Dementia’s Sensory Challenges

Dementia can change a loved one’s ability to experience these five senses, and that can have a huge impact on how they view the world. Their favorite food might not taste the same way. They may be startled by the sound of laughter they used to love. They may draw away from a once familiar touch. As a caregiver, it’s important to recognize these changes, and to help make your loved one’s world a more comfortable, less overwhelming place to be for each of their five senses. 

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2022

A couple having a meeting with various family members using a video conferencing platform

How to Hold Family Meetings to Discuss an Older Loved One’s Care

Family meetings can be a valuable tool. Each person can express their thoughts and concerns at the same time. Everyone will hear the same message and come together to support their parent and each other. This will help to reduce misinformation, and make it easier to develop a plan and next steps.

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By Lauri Scharf | 04/15/2022

Cordell, A. (2022, March 14). Mealtime Changes That Can Benefit a Loved One with Dementia. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/aging-parents/mealtime-changes-that-can-benefit-a-loved-one-with-dementia