Are Aging Loved Ones Prepared for a Power Outage?

 June 18, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

Emergency supplies including a flashlight, batteries, and radio sit at the ready on a table for someone who is prepared for a power outage.

Summer storms mean more power outages. For most, they’re just a minor inconvenience. But for older adults, it can cause major concerns. The best way to handle unexpected power outages is through advance planning to ensure older loved ones are prepared and equipped to ride out the storm, giving you the peace of mind you need. (more…)

Build Your Game Plan—Create a Care Plan for Seniors!

 June 12, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A woman creating a care plan for seniors shows an older couple something on her computer.

We get it. Exploring home care options for Mom and Dad is a daunting experience. There are so many options to consider, and so many new and unfamiliar terms to understand. Take, for instance, the care plan. It may seem like just another piece of jargon in a sea of confusing terms, but creating a care plan for seniors is actually one of the most important aspects of home care services. Here’s why: (more…)

Dementia Care Tips You Didn’t Think About

 June 6, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A woman uses headphones to enjoy music with an older woman, one of many creative dementia care tips you can try.

There is no other experience like trying to care for someone with dementia. It requires you to dig deep down into your reserves of flexibility, patience, and perhaps most importantly, creativity. You have to be ready to pivot at a moment’s notice from one strategy to another to promote a fulfilling and enriching life for the person you love, all while managing the more challenging aspects of the condition. (more…)

Maintaining Your Tact While Talking to Someone With Cancer

 May 21, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

The adult child of a senior with cancer laughs with her parent as they sit on the couch.

Talking to someone you love who is living with cancer can be awkward and uncomfortable for both parties to say the least. Should you jump right in and talk about the elephant in the room, or avoid the C word altogether? Is it ok to try to make the person laugh? What if they start crying? Conversations become loaded with unspoken emotions, and finding the right words isn’t easy. (more…)

Learning How to Effectively Communicate With Family

 May 13, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A family talks about how to care for their aging loved one.

Providing care for an older loved one can cause major tensions amongst the family. Siblings may disagree on care decisions, adult children may feel overwhelmed, and aging parents may resist help. Effective communication is crucial to bridge the gap between differing opinions, ease the burden of caregiving responsibilities, and ensure everyone feels heard and valued. (more…)

Beyond Aduhelm: Exploring New Ways to Treat Alzheimer’s

 May 3, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A brain made of puzzle pieces is missing a piece in the middle.

One thing you can count on with Alzheimer’s is a legion of researchers constantly fighting to find the cure. When someone you love is diagnosed with the disease, however, the urgency to find help is all the greater. If this is you, be encouraged! Though Aduhelm, the controversial drug approved by the FDA in 2021, stirred debate and raised questions about its effectiveness and safety, scientists have been diligently working on alternative approaches that offer renewed hope. (more…)

You Can Balance Your Career With Caring for Aging Family Members!

 April 18, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A woman caring for aging family members smiles at work while holding a cup of coffee.

No one likes to see the end of the weekend, but having a career to attend to on Monday is important to millions of us. It’s a significant part of our identity, signifying the hard work we’ve invested over the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents start to show signs of needing assistance at home? Will you face a choice between a career you love and caring for aging family members that you love more? (more…)

A Different Way to Discuss a Dementia Diagnosis

 April 11, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A doctor brings a patient in to discuss a dementia diagnosis with her.

Having to discuss a dementia diagnosis is never easy from any side of the conversation. It kicks off an emotional rollercoaster of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, grief, and more, all of which are heightened if the diagnosis is given starkly, without empathy or compassion. There are steps doctors can (and should) take when delivering a dementia diagnosis to ease the initial impact, empowering and equipping the individual and family with knowledge and support. (more…)

How to Convince Parents to Accept Home Care

 April 4, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

A family caregiver talks to his senior dad after learning how to convince parents to accept home care.

It can be difficult to convince parents to accept home care. It’s a delicate balance between respecting their freedom and ensuring their safety and well-being. If you find yourself in this situation, you’re not alone! We understand the range of emotions that go along with accepting the need for care, and have some tips to help you and your parents get on the same page. (more…)

5 Things to Avoid Saying to Someone With Dementia

 March 27, 2024 by Dean Bellefeuille

The adult child of someone with dementia hugs her mother as they smile.

Have you ever said the wrong thing? Perhaps your intention was to compliment a friend on her new haircut, but you came across sounding like you were criticizing her previous hairstyle. Choosing our words carefully is always important, but even more so when speaking with someone with dementia. The words we say and the way we say them can significantly impact the person’s emotional well-being and quality of life. (more…)