Family Caregiver Blog

At LiveWell Elder Care Management, we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the the Nashoba Valley and surrounding communities experts in family caregiving, we have resources, tips and information that can make your life much easier.

If you would like help, give us a call at: 978-660-7835.


Are you prepared for a disaster?

No one likes to dwell on the possibility of disaster. But we all need to prepare for one, just in case. Help your relatives gear up for safety. Whether you live across town or across the nation, the action items are the same. Prepare to stay in contact. In case of a disaster, how will...

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Could medicines be the culprit?

If your loved one has balance problems, the culprit may be in the medicine. Many common medicines have side effects that can impair balance and lead to a fall. Over 40% of persons age 65 and older take five medications or more. This increases the chance that at least one of the drugs has side...

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Caring with a stepparent

Has your parent remarried? If so, you may be sharing the caregiving with a person you don't know very well. Biological families often encounter tensions when it comes to eldercare. Add a stepparent and the challenges can grow exponentially. At its best. A stepparent can be a wonderful partner in care. Their daily companionship and...

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Noncancer screening tests

Noncancer screening testsMedicare pays for many screening exams, and even counseling sessions, to help nip common illnesses in the bud. Screening tests are designed to identify problems before symptoms emerge. They are usually for people who are considered to be "at risk" for getting a specific disease. Here are some of the most common noncancer preventive services...

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Listening: The other half of the conversation

Listening: The other half of the conversationGood communication requires both speaking and listening. Oddly enough, if you make a specific effort to listen, it can open doors. Once "heard," the other person may be more willing to hear your point of view. Deep listening is more difficult than it sounds. It's not passive. It requires concentration. It also takes humility and...

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When grandpa has dementia: Teens and tweens

When grandpa has dementia: Teens and tweensFor a teen, a relative's dementia can turn a close relationship into one that's now awkward, confusing, and embarrassing. And creates feelings of guilt. Teens and tweens benefit from learning the basics of grandma or grandpa's condition, such as "There are diseases of the brain that change memory and thinking. We should expect that [grandparent]...

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The doctor interview

The doctor interviewAfter you have scoured the Internet to help your relative find a potential new doctor—someone on their plan and with no obvious red flags—it's time to get more specific. The doctor's website may provide some descriptive information, but most likely, you'll want a conversation. Start by calling the doctor's office to ask business and insurance...

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Caught in a cycle of negativity?

Caught in a cycle of negativity?For most family caregivers, frustration and guilt are common, as is anxiety and resentment. These feelings are normal and reasonable under the circumstances. It’s not realistic to eliminate negative emotions. Caring for an ailing family member IS emotionally taxing, especially in the case of memory loss. But sometimes the negativity can feed on itself. You can...

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Senior centers: Worth a fresh look

Senior centers: Worth a fresh lookEven pre-COVID, many 90-year-olds adamantly refused to go to a senior center, saying they didn't want to be around "all those old people." (!) Does this sound like your loved one? Admittedly, the senior centers of the past tended to focus on bingo and crafts. These activities are of limited interest to the newest generation...

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Combatting dehydration

Combatting dehydrationWith summer's warm weather, be on the lookout for dehydration in your loved one. The signs include confusion, fatigue, weakness, and sleepiness. Some people become dizzy and their balance is thrown off. Dry mouth, headaches, and muscle cramps are other symptoms of dehydration. It is estimated that 20%–40% of seniors are dehydrated. Getting them to...

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