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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
NABBW - National Association of Baby Boomer Women
Categories of Caregiving

Medicare: Even Rocket Scientists Can Find Understanding It Convoluted and Confusing. To the Rescue: “Medicare 101”

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By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving  (Read More ...)

Wants vs. Needs — It’s a Matter of Perspective

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By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving   The first week in January is always full of surprises. More often than usual, my office phone rings with calls from family members who spent time visiting with their aging loved one and now are feeling remorse about not living closer or being able to devote more time to their senior. Sometimes, a great deal of guilt has been placed on their shoulders and they need help understanding what more they can do. Many of these situations are warranted, but other times, I see caregivers who are close to driving themselves... (Read More ...)

\’Truth or Consequences\’ Mindset Crucial When Making Caregiving Decisions Especially When Dementia Is Involved

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\’Truth or Consequences\’ Mindset Crucial When Making Caregiving Decisions, Especially When Dementia is Involved  By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving I received the phone call late Friday night.  It was from a local resource center for caregivers and the elderly.  They had a family in crisis with a loved one who has dementia and the wife was asking for help – now! I called the number given to me, but there was no answer, so all I could do was leave a message.  This went on for several days until I finally reached the wife. Immediately, I... (Read More ...)

Never Underestimate The Power of a Hug

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Never Underestimate The Power of a Hug By Becky Feola NABBW\’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving January 21st is National Hug Day, an unofficial event created by Rev. Kevin Zaborney in 1986.  Although it is not a public holiday, it is worthy of celebration.  The idea behind National Hug Day is to encourage people to reach out and hug a family member, friend, or maybe even a stranger more often.  No matter whom you decide to hug, the mental and physical health benefits are the same to all involved. Rev. Zaborney realized that after the holidays, many people suffered from low... (Read More ...)

Caregiving Begins With Self Care

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Caregiving Begins With Self Care  By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving About 10 million seniors currently rely on others for daily care, such as help getting dressed, preparing meals or taking medication.  That number will only increase as more of the nation’s 78 million baby boomers enter old age themselves over the next 15 years. According to a 2008 USA Today Gallup poll, 41% of all baby boomers are providing care for a living parent and 37% expect to do so in the future. Taking on the role of caregiver can be demanding; especially when you are juggling... (Read More ...)

The Need For Control and Letting Go

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The Need For Control and Letting Go By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving  You know those tests they give to college students or potential employees that help identify their skills and the careers/positions they would be best suited for?  Over the years, I have taken four or five of them and every time the answer was the same. The number one career choice for me was the military or more specifically, a drill sergeant.  Although I never entered the military, these skills would come in handy for a large part of my life.  You see, I was my husband’s caregiver... (Read More ...)

Caregiver Forgetfulness or Something To Worry About

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Caregiver Forgetfulness or Something To Worry About By Becky Feola NABBW’s Associate for Assisted Living and Caregiving  For many people, simply reaching that 50th birthday milestone brings a whole new range of challenges such as unexplainable aches and pains, weight gain, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.  However, one of the most disturbing is the forgetfulness that increases with age and demands.  And then, if you add the role of caregiver to your resume, chances are it’s happening with more and more frequency.  Trying to juggle and balance caring for your spouse, children,... (Read More ...)

Aging Parent: How Do I Know If I Should Be Worried?

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Aging Parent: How Do I Know If I Should Be Worried? By Barbara E. Friesner NABBW’s Elder Care Expert  (Read More ...)

Stand Up & Speak Out for Real Wellness

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Stand Up & Speak Out for Real Wellness By Barbara E. Friesner NABBW’s Elder Care Expert  (Read More ...)

Year-End Special

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Year-End Special By Barbara E. Friesner  (Read More ...)