This post first appeared on Happy, Healthy Caregiver. by Kimber Westmore, PillMap Founder My Caregiving Nightmare “What do you mean I’ve been giving my mom twice the dosage prescribed?” I could hardly keep my composure as I sat in the…
After a full year of declining most social invitations, I was beginning to feel isolated. Choosing a good night’s sleep over a night out was an unusual habit for someone who usually loves spending time with family and friends.
This blog post first appeared on SixtyAndMe.com
by Kimber Westmore
Advice about creating healthy boundaries fills entire sections of bookstores. I guess that’s because determining how to set and apply healthy boundaries in real life is challenging!
As a couple, my mom and dad established their own boundaries throughout 65 years of marriage. As kids, each of us knew that we brought joy to their lives. They relished family celebrations. But we also understood how much they loved spending time alone. Their ability to love us while simultaneously setting clear boundaries gave us security as kids and freedom later in life within our own families. Looking back, I appreciate the way my parents masterfully established boundaries which allowed us all to thrive.
May is the most popular month to start planning summer vacations. Whether the upcoming travel season will take you to the warmth of the Caribbean or the cool of the Arctic, make sure you consider the medications you’ll need to take with you to keep you healthy along the way. Some countries require you bring original pill bottles; others do not. Wherever you are headed, travel is safer when you carry information about your medications and supplements. Since our product, PillMapTM, is perfect for medication management at home or on the go, we thought it fitting to devote our May blog post to the topic which is likely at the forefront of your mind – summer travel.
PillMap Interview with Author/Elizabeth Rawson, M.A.
I began working with caregivers two decades ago. Over the years, many shared their remarkable, hard stories with me. Some caregivers thrive at a time of life that drains the most stalwart of us all. During one particularly difficult time, my husband and I took care of his mother. So, even as I worked professionally with caregivers, I also served as one. It turns out I was ill-prepared for the intensity of the experience later, when my mother-in-law was in our care.
Rendering aid to his wife, Gracie, in the caregiving trenches for 33 years and counting, Peter Rosenberger effortlessly assumes the mantle of unofficial commander of an army of caregivers across the country. Advising inquiring troops to “get to a place…
On the heels of Valentine’s Day, National Caregiver’s Day is February 15. Whether in a professional or personal capacity, caregiving is a rewarding vocation. But few would argue it can exact a heavy toll. In fact, according to an oft-quoted study, caregivers have a 63 percent higher mortality rate than non-caregivers. Another analysis, done by Stanford University, revealed that 40 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers die from stress-related disorders before the patient in their care dies. So, in honor of National Caregiver’s Day, we wanted to take this opportunity to encourage caregivers to show themselves a little love!
The drug epidemic in America is not limited to illegal narcotics use in urban sprawl or opioid overdoses in affluent homes. In an article called “Death by Prescription,” US News reports that at least 128,000 Americans die every year taking legally and regularly-prescribed pills because they fail to follow proper dosage instructions. That number is expected to further climb as Baby Boomers join the ranks en masse of bona fide senior citizens– the most-medicated demographic.
According to AARP (initials which originally stood for the American Association of Retired Persons), 10,000 Baby Boomers reach retirement age each day. What’s more, this trend is expected to continue into the 2030s. This means that over the next 22+ years, nearly seven Boomers will turn 65 years old every minute. As the elderly population grows and a new crop of young-adults struggle to gain financial footing, people who are ‘sandwiched’ between their aging parents and adult children join the ranks of, “the sandwich generation.” Emotionally, physically and financially providing care for their own children and parents simultaneously, this generation accounts for 47 percent of adults in their 40’s and 50’s.
PillMap, the innovative new product to manage multiple medications for you or your loved ones, is now live and available at PillMap.com. We have been working hard to create a solution to make care-giving just a little bit easier. Managing…