Low-vision bathroom

August 28, 2023 — The bathroom is often the most challenging (and least safe) room in the house for someone who is visually impaired: Poor lighting, or lighting that’s too bright. Lots of white-on-white furnishings and shiny fixtures. Hard-to-read settings on faucets. Tiny caps and tamperproof closures on personal care products and medications. And many small items for specialized... Read More

How is your relative’s “social health”?

August 21, 2023 — The U.S. Surgeon General reports we have a loneliness epidemic. Like smoking and obesity, social isolation creates a greater risk for poor health. It’s been associated with a 48 percent increase in “premature death” (a death where a change in lifestyle could have resulted in a longer life). Our social health affects our physical health.... Read More

Adjusting to memory care

August 14, 2023 — Once your loved one is in their new home, the two of you will have a lot of adjusting to do. Like any big change, it takes time to find a new internal balance, a “new normal.” One to three months is about average. ¬†For you. Expect a range of emotions: Sadness, guilt, doubt, and... Read More

When ice cream is better than salad

August 7, 2023 — Whether it’s a bowl of soup or a bag of groceries, providing food is how we show our love. And when a relative has a serious illness, it’s natural to want them to eat a healthy diet. Many chronic conditions respond well to specialized diets. Diabetes and heart disease, for instance, can be managed very... Read More