THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: It’s Time to Change The Way We View Exercise For Frail and Critically Ill

I’m posting this guest post from http://evidencenetwork.ca because my Mom has had so much difficult regaining her strength after 3 hospitalisations in the past 4 months. Next time my Mom is in a hospital bed, I’m going to ask for in-bed cycling! It’s time to change the way we view exercise for frail and critically ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How to Recognize and Manage Substance Abuse in Seniors

  It is my pleasure today to host a guest post by Trevor McDonald, a blogger who is expert in the area of addictions, substance abuse and families. I read the studies cited below and they are surprising and worrying!  Did you know that alcoholism is higher among widowers over the age of 75 than ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caregiving for Cancer in Seniors: Mesothelioma

Recently I’ve been thinking that I’d like to begin a mini-series of posts about caregiving for loved ones who have a rare disease. If YOU are a caregiver of someone with a rare disease and would like to be interviewed about your experience, please contact me at donna4walls@gmail.com.  Today I would like to focus on ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Christmas Eve 2016 is Mom’s 95th – Here’s Her Present

My mother was born on Christmas Eve, 1921. Mom always said the timing of her birth was poor planning on her parents’ part because she never had a proper birthday party that was separate from Christmas celebrations – to say nothing of the fact that my grandmother had to hastily depart a very good dinner ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: National Caregivers Month: The Third Pillar is Patience

Patience. We learn it the hard way in caregiving. In this break-neck-speed society, caregivers are like student drivers, always trying to put our foot on the gas, but with ‘fate’, the driving instructor, firmly putting his foot on the metaphorical brake.  Caring for young children, an elderly parent, a loved one with disabilities, or someone ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: HEALTHY AGING WITH MODERN TECH AT HOME

I am pleased to host today’s guest post by Maria, our regular contributor on assistive technology here at The Caregivers’ Living Room. Maria is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about environmentally ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: HEALTHY AGING WITH MODERN TECH AT HOME

I am pleased to host today’s guest post by Maria, our regular contributor on assistive technology here at The Caregivers’ Living Room. Maria is a freelance writer currently living in Chicago. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a minor in Communication. She blogs about environmentally ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What Happened When Neighbors Heard a Senior Couple Weeping

A conversation I had a couple of years ago has remained vivid in my memory. My colleague came into work one day looking upset and wan. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that on his morning walk, he heard an old woman crying and calling out the window for help. He ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What Happened When Neighbors Heard a Senior Couple Weeping

A conversation I had a couple of years ago has remained vivid in my memory. My colleague came into work one day looking upset and wan. I asked him what was wrong and he told me that on his morning walk, he heard an old woman crying and calling out the window for help. He ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Caregivers Can Spot Elder Abuse

 I am happy to host this guest post from NY lawyer Laurence Banville. In our family, we are blessed that my Mom has never displayed signs of abuse, but we are watchful and I’m glad to know all the signs.  When elders become physically weak, they are less likely to fight against bullying and attacks, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Caregivers Can Spot Elder Abuse

 I am happy to host this guest post from NY lawyer Laurence Banville. In our family, we are blessed that my Mom has never displayed signs of abuse, but we are watchful and I’m glad to know all the signs.  When elders become physically weak, they are less likely to fight against bullying and attacks, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Consumer Report: Best Medical Alert Systems

Last Thursday, I had just arrived at the cottage to begin our summer holiday when the telephone rang. It was my niece. Mom had fallen and was in an ambulance on the way to hospital.  As it happened, my sister was out of the country, so I quickly put what food I could into the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Consumer Report: Best Medical Alert Systems

Last Thursday, I had just arrived at the cottage to begin our summer holiday when the telephone rang. It was my niece. Mom had fallen and was in an ambulance on the way to hospital.  As it happened, my sister was out of the country, so I quickly put what food I could into the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: FALL PREVENTION TECHNOLOGY – YES, IT EXISTS!

My Mom is 94 and prone to falling, so I am pleased to host this important guest post by a regular guest blogger here at the Caregivers’ Living Room. Thank you, Maria! Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries among the elderly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Falls can ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Motherhood: The Currency of Need and Love

At the moment of birth, there is suddenly stillness and a collective intake of breath. There is recognition by everyone that a momentous and transformative event has taken place – a miracle.  A new baby is placed on a mother’s breast and life begins. This is the baby’s first caring relationship and it represents the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: THE INFALLIBLE PRESENCE OF JOY

Priya Soni is a new friend and fellow caregiver. Like me, Priya has a background in theatre as well as a natural love for storytelling. Like me, she seeks meaning in her caregiving experience and wants to help others do the same.  I encourage you to read more of her work HERE.  THE INFALLIBLE PRESENCE ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: ASSESSING THE QUALITY AND SAFETY OF NURSING HOMES

4 Tips for Finding Quality Nursing Home Care Guest Post by Andrew Egan Nursing homes or assisted living facilities can help take care of ailing family members or loved ones. At their best, nursing homes can provide a valuable service and essential care during a difficult time. Unfortunately, many nursing homes cut corners, neglect residents, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Celebrating the Holidays at Home with Seniors

Guest post by Maria Ramos While generally a time of cheer and celebration, the holidays pose their own set of challenges for seniors and those living with disabilities. The holidays are a time for family and friends, and generally everybody wants to get together for meals and holiday festivities. As a person ages, though, they ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: DOUBLE VISION in the ER – DO THEY SEE WHAT I SEE?

My friend and colleague Vickie Cammack and I are co-writing a book of reflections on caregiving.  Vickie and I would love to know your thoughts about our work so far!  This is the first instalment from a section we’re working on about how we represent our loved ones to the world.  Does this resonate with you? Is ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Taking a Risk For the Sake of Love and Family

Making dreams come true for people we love who can’t get out easily is tricky.  Take my Mom – she’s a 93-year old contrarian full of youthful energy contained in a frail and unforgiving body.   Mom has a dream that she won’t let go: to visit our son in another city about two hours away.  ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Take The Pressure Off With Tech Aides at Home

Guest Post by Maria Ramos As life expectancies have grown over the years, many people are living longer than ever before. This is undoubtedly a good thing, but it places certain stresses on those who care for the elderly. Besides taking care of an aged parent or loved one, many individuals provide care for disabled ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Can We Please Advocate For Caregiver Support Without Demeaning Our Loved Ones?

On the eve of the first day of National Family Caregivers Month, I’ve decided to plant a stake in the ground for the dignity of our stories in the media.  Here’s what I read in my news feed this morning and what I wrote in response. ine Goldberg her mother, Lily, who suffers from dementia, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard

Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days.  Everyone needs it and everyone wants it, especially people giving or receiving care.   And the truth is we all need resilience the most at times of big life changes or transitions.  We mine our reserves of strength and optimism when our children with disabilities ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A FABULOUS INNOVATION FOR SENIORS – I LOVE IT!

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 ...