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Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash

March 15th, 2010

Author: Vickie Dellaquilawww.OrganizationRule.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Vickie Dellaquila is a “professional organizer and senior move manager.” She employs her organizational skills to alleviate some, if not all, of the overwhelming aspects of moving out of a home. For seniors who are moving out a home that they have lived in almost all of their lives, the decision to leave can be sad; those attempting to relocate can be overcome with emotion and this can be debilitating. Even if the move is better for the individual financially, or with regards to his/her safety, there will be an... Read More

Baby Boomers—Sandwiched Between Retirement and Caregiving

December 14th, 2009

Author: Sandra W. Haymon, Ph.D.www.babyboomerssandwich.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos This is the final word for those who are edging into the responsibilities associated with caring for aging parents. There is nothing: no question, no dilemma, and no quandary that is not addressed in this thoughtful, thorough tome of information. Written in interview form, author Sandra Haymon’s voice is clearly heard as she explains and reminisces about the needs of her aging mother and stepfather. As a licensed psychologist, she defines behaviors to assist the reader with understanding. Haymon admits that... Read More

you want me to do WHAT? Journaling for Caregivers

June 11th, 2009

Author: B. Lynn Goodwinwww.writeradvice.com Reviewed By: Dotsie Bregel Author B. Lynn Goodwin is the founder of the Web site for writers, www.WriterAdvice.com. Her expertise in writing and the time she\’s spent offering eldercare allowed her to write the perfect little workbook for those needing relief from too much time spent caregiving. Lynn recommends journaling as a form of stress and anxiety reduction. Over fifty million caregivers spend their days and nights doing for others what they can no longer do for themselves. This often involves trips to the doctor, shopping, cleaning, bathing,... Read More

Is it Simple Forgetfulness or the Real Thing

September 12th, 2008

Author: Barbara E. Friesner www.AgeWiseLiving.com Reviewed By: Melinda Cianos Barbara Friesner is a Generational Coach, an adjunct professor at Cornell University, and the primary caregiver for both her grandmother who was afflicted with dementia and her mother who now struggles through the same disease. Friesner models compassion, practicality and understanding for those trying to handle the many different pieces of caring for a loved one with dementia. Answering questions like: “How do I know that my loved one has dementia; what does it look like and how will it progress?” or “How do... Read More

Is It Simple Forgetfulness Or The Real Thing?

April 2nd, 2008

Author: Barbara Friesnerwww.agewiseliving.com Reviewed By: Dotsie Bregel Barbara offers a lovely presentation for those wondering if a loved one is experiencing dementia. Presented professionally with clarity, excellent tone, and instrumental music between segments, you will learn how to discern if a loved one needs medical attention, and if so, how to get the most appropriate care. Once a diagnosis is made, she then takes you through the next steps by sharing personal examples from her life of caring for her grandmother and mother. Barbara admits she is not a physician, however our best advice... Read More

Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories

March 31st, 2008

Author: Carol Bradley BursackMinding Our Elders Reviewed By: Dotsie Bregel Carol has managed to offer support by sharing stories of those who are caring for the Greatest Generation. As many baby boomers continue to watch our parents, their friends, and treasured aunts and uncles decline, they will find comfort in the words of all the caregiving stories compiled in Minding Our Elders. This is a nice book to breeze through if you are in that caretaking role. You are sure to relate to one that has walked a similar path and can share some insight into exactly what you are going through. It\’s... Read More