Month: November 2013

VIDEO: The toll of Alzheimer’s caregiving


Erna Colborn is president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Illinois Chapter. She discusses, at Washington Post Live’s 2013 Caregiving in America forum, the time intensity involved in taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s.

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Family carers – ‘for the love of it’


It is frequently said that family carers are one of the most valuable resources in the health and care sectors. But this is easily said and is often not reflected in the way that health and care services respond to carers’ needs. We will often talk, sometimes with irony, about people doing a job, ‘for the love of it’ rather than for a financial reward and this is literally what most of England’s family carers do. They often sacrifice their own earning potential and life aspirations to care for somebody they love. They co-ordinate multiple hospital appointments, prescription collections, overnight help, and assistance with dressing, feeding, toileting and washing. It’s physically and mentally hard work.

It is no surprise then that significant numbers of family carers go on to have significant physical and mental health problems themselves and that some of them get to the point where they feel unable…

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Living the Healthy Life

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Some cities provide people with better health than others. I remember my last trip to Los Angeles. I was on the outskirts of town and I remember seeing the skyline from where I was. I asked a friend of mine, “Why is it so cloudy?” He looked at me with disbelief on this face and said, “That’s not a cloud…it’s smog!” I was shocked because I had never witnessed smog like that first hand. I knew right away that although LA is a great city, it’s probably not one to live in if you want to breathe fresh, clean air on a regular basis.

Remembering this memory made me do a bit of research though because one of the first things my parents told me as they were preparing for their retirement was, “We want to live where the air is fresh!” Where did I go to obtain this information?…

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