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So That’s It! How To Be Happy

August 1st, 2015

Recently I had a conversation with our family GP.  “Why do you take all the complex patients?”, I asked.  “You are amazing – I’ve heard you advocating on the phone for frail seniors who have no one else and when other GPs turned our family down because Nick is too complex, you said YES.  Why do you…
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So That’s It! How To Be Happy

August 1st, 2015

Recently I had a conversation with our family GP.  “Why do you take all the complex patients?”, I asked.  “You are amazing – I’ve heard you advocating on the phone for frail seniors who have no one else and when other GPs turned our family down because Nick is too complex, you said YES.  Why do you…
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A Tragic Death, A Cautionary Tale and Lessons About Protecting Our Loved Ones

July 24th, 2015

Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  I can’t get that name out of my head.  And when I think of Guy, I am afraid for my son, my mother and my future self.  I am afraid for everyone who is at risk of being vulnerable and ‘cared for’ by the state, behind closed doors. Guy Mitchell had developmental disabilities and…
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Why Caregivers Must Take Hearing Loss Seriously

July 22nd, 2015

Guest Post

Hearing loss is an invisible condition. Not everyone can express the fact that they aren’t hearing well, and still others are in denial. That’s why it’s so important for you to be able to identify signs that your loved one might not hear as well as they could and understand that other health conditions could lead to or…
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The White House Conference on Aging – How Technology Will Shape Our Future

July 18th, 2015


Guest Post by Maria Ramos

In 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. Every day since then, thousands more reach retirement age. By 2050, 42% of American households will include someone over the age of 70. The recent once-every-ten-years White House Conference on Aging took place on July 13th and could not have come at a better time. In addition…
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The Red Book That Is So Wonderful

July 11th, 2015

There’s a red book that’s been sitting on my desk for months.  It’s one of many that have been sent to me for book reviews.  That pile got smaller recently when I came to the cottage for a summer break of reading and relaxing.  I wish I had read this book sooner, because it has changed my thinking about living,…
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A Bit About Me and My Caregiving

July 7th, 2015

Recently, I joined the blogging team at The Caregiver Network, a terrific site that’s chock full of opinion, information and video links for caregivers of all types and ages.   By way of introducing me to their site, their communications director asked me about my background.  I thought readers here in The Caregivers’ Living Room might be interested to…
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A Bit About Me and My Caregiving

July 7th, 2015

Recently, I joined the blogging team at The Caregiver Network, a terrific site that’s chock full of opinion, information and video links for caregivers of all types and ages.   By way of introducing me to their site, their communications director asked me about my background.  I thought readers here in The Caregivers’ Living Room might be interested to…
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When Caregiving Leads to Employment – One Woman’s Experience

July 4th, 2015

My name is Michelle Thompson and I am part-time blogger and social outreach coordinator for Parentgiving.com, as well as a mother of three, wife of one, and caregiver for both of my elderly parents (who live with us here in Caldwell, New Jersey). My caregiver journey began three years ago as my father began to show subtle, then not…
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A FABULOUS INNOVATION FOR SENIORS – I LOVE IT!

June 30th, 2015

Every day I scour the internet for caregiver news and innovative products.  Today I want to tell you about the best thing I’ve found in ages – this invention will help to lengthen the time seniors can live independently and it will make a real difference to our elders’ health. WHAT IS IT? 



It’s a medication dispensing innovation called
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