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The medical industry as a whole is having serious growing pains, and the increasing number of baby boomers who are retiring and experiencing the difficulties of age has led to a boom in the elder care industry, which employs a huge number of nurses and nursing assistants. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 55% of nurse assistants work in nursing and residential care facilities. Working with seniors in these contexts isn’t the same as working with patients in a hospital or clinic. Many elderly residents of care facilities aren’t experiencing acute injuries or illness, but simply must change their lifestyle to accommodate difficulties with memory, mobility, and general body systems that naturally occur as we age.
A compassionate nurse assistant who understands senior issues can make a huge difference in someone’s golden years, and as the employment market for such individuals is going up, there are great opportunities for those who fit the bill. The list of sites below covers a range of perspectives on senior living, including particular diseases commonly associated with age (such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s), nursing home law, and in-home elder care. Anyone who is looking at a career in nursing or nurse assisting will find a well-rounded collection of sources below.
The author of this blog, Alesha Churba, is a certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) who helps others understand this concept and put it into practice. Sometimes staying in place is healthier, safer, and wiser for elder loved ones.
- Highlight: Finding a Home to Age in Place
Two Baby Boomers share their expertise on caring for their elder loved ones, especially in the ability of the elderly to make rational decisions. The site contains wonderful resources and services for those caring for aging parents.
- Highlight: Mom’s Dating Adventures at Age 89
There’s no blueprint in helping an aging parent in crisis — or is there? Dale offers a five-step guide that provides a process, and talks about her experiences with an elderly parent in this blog.
This is a slightly irreverent and refreshing view of life coming from an “old geezer.” Enjoy cartoons, articles, and advice such as “How to Stay Goth Past 50.”
Anthony Cirillo is an expert on boomer and senior issues, especially health care. His specialized focus is on assisted living, long-term care, and medical tourism, among other issues.
How do you connect with aging parents? Just follow David Solie’s blog to learn how to bridge the communications gap, and you’ll learn unique insights and proven, practical communication skills.
- Highlight: Magical Thinking and Aging Parents
A great blog for any aging woman who also deals with aging parents. Topics include positive approaches to empty nest, personal growth, and relationships as women come to terms with the aging process.
- Highlight: Boomerang Kids Do Move On
Liz Taylor was one of Washington State’s first geriatric care managers, she investigated the nursing home industry in the 1970s, and she was a caregiver to her parents at the end of last century. Now she shares her experiences and wisdom.
Becoming a grown-up child isn’t easy, especially when dealing with aging parents. This blog offers advice, resources, and experiences to help you learn how to give back to parents who gave to you.
- Highlight: Writing a Parent’s Remembrance, Part II
How can attitude overcome dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or Parkinson’s disease? This blog attempts to understand “mind over brain” as the writer lives with these issues.
- Highlight: Water and The Aging Brain
As we age and as our parents age, we cannot ignore medical issues. One fall could bankrupt a household. This blog offers advice on life transitions and medical billing, with advocacy to protect consumers.
- Highlight: Some People Just Won’t Deal
If your bones are cracking and your chin is in layers, this blog may help you…it explains how a body ages, but it also provides ways to cope with those changes. Learn how to reduce those aging signs through nutrition and other healthy habits.
- Highlight: What’s Happening to My Body!!&^%$*
The Boomington Post offers a wide range of topics geared toward boomers — romance, retirement, and even “senior moments.” Dished up with a sense of humor, this site also offers great ideas.
- Highlight: Senior Retreats : Relaxing or Isolating?
This is a wonderful resource for boomers who want to travel, especially when you discover all your hard work went up in flames during the recession. Be inspired by this slick e-zine’s travel photos, tips, and advice.
- Highlight: How to Avoid a Total Meltdown in the Airport
Laurie M. Orlov focuses on “staying in place” with elders and the technology that can make that situation happen, even if adult children live miles away. This blog provides resources that can make anyone’s aging life easier.
- Highlight: Five New Technologies for Aging in Place
This blog takes on a different perspective — adult children who have aging parents who are relatively healthy and independent. The overall theme is to help aging parents live well as long as possible.
If you feel way too young to be old, this daily e-zine is for you. Get a dose of humor along with some interesting insights and genuine compassion for the disease we all contract if we’re lucky — old age.
- Highlight: Granny Looks Back (Stuff My Mother Told Me)
These sites cover general senior living topics, from transitioning into retirement and new living situations to enjoying your golden years by traveling or trying new activities.
Elder care is a broad category that includes everything from offering advice and counseling to families with aging members to providing full service assisted-living facilities. The elder care sites and blogs listed below run the gamut from purely informational sites to personal stories and even professional caregiver associations or companies.
You cannot expect more support than this — a group that responds nearly instantly to any eldercare crisis such as nursing home intervention or eviction prevention. This is a great place to learn about elder challenges.
Gain an eldercare advocate with this site — a real person who can help educate, coordinate, and facilitate the challenges caregivers meet every day with their elderly loved ones. Their blog, “CareConnection” offers frequent advice.
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This company has partnered and worked with other organizations since 2000 to provide help for seniors, caregiving families, and employees. An advocate for dignified eldercare, this organization can help you with your decisions.
- Highlight: Three on Thursday – Resources for Caregiving
RetiredBrains offers a multitude of fantastic resources for elders who can function well enough to work from home or start a business. At the same time, this site helps deal with aging issues such as arthritis pain, estate planning, and retirement funds.
- Highlight: Senior Living
The Care Company’s mission is to empower caregivers with solutions to individual caregiving challenges. Join their community to learn more about how to have a less stressful caregiving experience.
Carol Bradley Bursack is an author and columnist who provides shared experiences about working with elder loved ones. Every topic imaginable is offered on this easy-to-read blog.
This site and blog takes a different approach to aging – “Aging in Place” puts the focus on maintaining independence by keeping a home, including garden and pets, as a healthy and dignified way to age when possible.
Poliakoff & Associates, P.A. law firm is one of the best South Carolina firms if you need information for nursing home abuse and neglect. Learn more about these topics from the experts.
- Highlight: Tracking Nursing Home Infections
If you’re a Baby Boomer with an empty nest who craves travel and fun, then join David and Veronica on their journeys. If nothing else, you can live vicariously through their colorful “empty nester” adventures and attitudes!
- Highlight: Empty Nest Egg
This encouraging blog focuses on the Sandwich Generation, a group of folks who care for multiple generations. Kaye offers a daily writing schedule that can inspire you and provide you with some cool ideas.
If you’re a daughter who is caught caring for your parents because of expectations, then you may be caught in the “daughter trap.” Learn how to make your efforts easier with this supportive site.
SageMinder provides an online caregiving community. This site offers branded tools that can make your life so much easier, such as an automated monitoring service with medication reminders.
- Highlight: Acting “As If”
The author of this blog, Kathy Quan, was an RN for over three decades in home health care and hospice. Her experiences can help to provide answers to your most pressing questions about your aging parents.
- Highlight: Be Careful How You Say It
This is a trusted source for topics such as health & wellbeing, money & work, relationships, and leisure for grandparents across the nation. Enjoy membership perks such as discounts and incentives, too!
- Highlight: 8 Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Meals
After seven years of helping siblings seek care for aging parents, Carol learned about the strains and stress involved in this task while working fulltime. Learn about specific resolutions to pressing eldercare needs through her experiences.
- Highlight: Warning Signs when Visiting Elderly
If you’re facing midlife, you may want to learn how to age gracefully and gratefully through podcasts about this topic. Enjoy amazing guests and supportive information about how to handle the upcoming decades in your life.
Connect with others who cope with eldercare challenges at this forum. Share your most pressing problems and learn from your peers in this easy-to-use format. You’re not alone!
- Highlight: Coping with the Guilt
Take some time to browse through the blogs on this site — they’re all different, since they’re posted by different authors in sometimes completely different eldercare situations. You’re bound to find something that fits.
- Highlight: Download Your Weekly Care Plan: Oct. 14
If you live on Boston’s South Shore, this blog can help you tap into eldercare resources in that area for elderly who want to stay independent in their own homes.
All Flared Up is all about arthritis, a painful condition of the joints that can affect the young and is near inevitable in old age.
- Highlight: Kayak Fail
If you can trust a group of RNs to offer information about quality eldercare, then you need to go to this site. You can find the best resources, products, and services here.
- Highlight: Can I Get Paid to Care for a Family Member?
This blog focuses on Kathryn Amerson’s novel, The Caregivers. The novel deals with a young family and woman who must care for a great-aunt while continuing a career and rearing a family. You may find yourself in this novel.
Lynda Shrager has been through it all with breast cancer, mothering a child with Crohn’s disease, and coping with parents who have had “every disease in the book.” She’s got you covered on anything that might happen with eldercare for your loved ones.
This site is a great resource for entire families that are dealing with eldercare. You can ask questions, read facts and articles, and find your own life balance while caring for others.
- Highlight: How do I deal with siblings that don’t help?
You can use this resourceful site as your own personal “eldercare office” and library. You can find checklists, daily living inspiration, support groups, and other supportive ideas here.
- Highlight: Elder Care – First Steps
BeClose provides a secure safety net for seniors and their families so you all can continue to live independently as long as possible. Use this site to learn how to gain that independence with an eldercare situation, no matter your age.
- Highlight: How to Help When Help’s Not Wanted
This blog is part of a larger site entitled, “Can We Talk? ” The blog and the rest of the site are both focused on sharing information between adult children and their elderly parents so that ideal arrangements can be made for successful eldercare options.
- Highlight: How to Help When Help’s Not Wanted
This entire comprehensive site brings adult children of elderly parents together to help solve issues. Topics include senior living, caregiver support, eldercare, and financial and legal issues — all very helpful and reliable.
This site provides a one-stop-shop for every task you may need to undertake as a caregiver to an elderly loved one. Find help, manage your chores, and learn about caregiving stages.
- Highlight: Top 10 Questions
This home care and assistance company provides a blog that can help adult children understand what’s at stake when elderly loved ones live at home. A wonderful resource for learning how to stave off possible disasters.
- Highlight: Preventing Pedestrian Accidents
Aging with Dignity is a nonprofit organization that works to safeguard human dignity in aging individuals. Their remarkable project, Five Wishes,” is unique among any living will or other advance directives.
- Highlight: My Five Wishes Online
This blog is based upon the book by the same name, and on the experiences one woman had as caregiver for her aging mother. As a member of the “sandwich generation,” Carol learned much about multigenerational living environments as well as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
- Highlight: What to Say at a Memorial Service
Pamela is a “Care Navigator” who owns a company that provides life management and care coordination services for adult children and their aging parents. The blog reflects Pamela’s experiences working with her clients as a top expert in this field.
Gertrude is a licensed CNA who cares for the elderly in Florida. Her advice — especially for changes around an elder’s home — comes from years of service taking care of parents of adult children.
- Highlight: The Caregiver’s Notebook
Frances Shani Parker, Michigan author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, provides a wide variety of resources and experiences to tap into regarding hospices and nursing homes.
Plenty of other blogs and sites provide information for caregivers — Carol & Bill’s blog provides emotions about caregiving and how to deal with them. These feelings come from real-life experiences when caregiving for elderly parents.
The LivHOME company provides experiences and help through their blog about the elderly who want to live independently at home. This is a very helpful blog for adult children who are dealing with this issue.
The “Senior Health” section of this site provides great insights into the health and wellness of elderly loved ones and their families in Mills Peninsula and beyond. The helpful tips come from doctors and staff who work at this health service.
If you’re seeking one of the most extensive libraries about caregiving online, you’ve found it. Topics include faith-based resources, long-distance care, and emotional issues among about twenty other topics that you may not find elsewhere.
- Highlight: Caregiving And Housekeeping
Sometimes the ants, not the elephants, can take over your life as a caregiver. This blog, podcast, and bookstore can help you eliminate the small things that might grow without your attention.
Shelley has over three decades of experience as an RN and geriatric care manager, as well as a caregiver for her father. As the “International Caregiver,” Shelley’s passion speaks through her blog about support for caregivers of aging loved ones.
Assisted living is a great option for the elderly who have mobility impairment or other issues that make an extra hand around the house useful. Both in-home assisted living, and senior communities are covered below.
The Levin & Perconti law firm is known as a pioneer in litigating nursing home abuse. Based in Chicago, their blog provides expert advice for others throughout the country.
California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that focuses on California’s longterm care consumers. This group helps to educate the public through their blog, creating a united voice for longterm care reform.
- Highlight: Operation Guardians Report
The author of the book, Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, writes this blog. Frances Shani Parker includes interviews, news, and topics about hospice and palliative care, nursing homes, and caregiving.
GeriPal, which stands for Geriatrics and Palliative care, seeks to create a community of online providers as well as provide a format for the exchange of ideas. Anyone interested in elderly or palliative care is welcome to participate.
This site provides a nationwide assisted living directory, and provides further services through education about assisted living. The blog offers news about assisted living throughout the country, with some delightful tidbits and serious soundbytes.
- Highlight: Residents and Surgery: Learn About Aftercare
The Hospice Foundation of America provides stories and articles relating to hospice and palliative care, caregiving, grieving, and end-of-life experiences. A portion of this blog also covers general media updates about these topics.
- Highlight: Diversity in Caregiving
The Walton Law Firm offers information and advice on nursing home and elder abuse, including information on how to recognize signs of neglect. Although the blog focuses on California laws, the articles are pertinent to other states and elder abuse.
Stark & Stark is a Northeast law firm specializing in nursing home litigation. David Cohen, a shareholder in this firm, has written and talked about this topic widely. The blog focuses on nursing home negligence and elder abuse.
- Highlight: Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated
From arthritis to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and other health issues, the sites below can help a nurse, a child of an aging parent, or a senior citizen themself learn to stay comfortable while dealing with some of the tougher ailments that may set on during your golden years.
“Semantic Dementia” differs from Alzheimer’s disease, but its affect on family members is similar. Read how one woman is coping with her mother’s illness in this well-written blog that may help you learn more about this disease.
- Highlight: Laughter is the Best Medicine
This blog is maintained by the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation (ARPF), and it maintains that a healthy mind and body can resist and fight disease. Learn more about how to maintain a healthy body and mind with these sensible ideas.
- Highlight: Holiday Stress, Memory and the Brain
Don’t be confused about memory loss in a loved one anymore. This is one of the best online resources for memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, providing reliable scientific information that you can translate to your situation.
Elayne Forgie carries an impeccable nationwide reputation in the field of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as in dementia and other cognitive impairments. The resources and information in her blog and on her site carry much needed assistance and advice for caregivers for these diseases.
- Highlight: I Love You, Mom. But You’re Driving Me Crazy
A brave woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 46 is now 54 and an awesome advocate in fighting this disease. She shares her perspective to help others understand and work with loved ones who might have the same issues.
- Highlight: Bucket List revisited
Bob DeMarco cared for his mother for many years until her recent death on May 25, 2012. The advice, caring, and resources he’s provided on his site show his meticulous concern about being a caregiver to a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.
Karen is the mom of a college student and she was the daughter of a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother passed away on October 18, 2011, and Karen still provides amazing tips and reflections about being a caregiver on her blog.
- Highlight: One Year
If Alzheimer’s disease could speak, that disease might offer the information that Lori provides on this blog. Her drive is to share how she’s embraced this disease as a caregiver to her own mother.
Gary Joseph LeBlanc is an author who uses his own experiences with his father to write and speak on Alzheimer’s disease. He reaches out with common sense in layman’s language to help other caregivers.
A daughter begins an anonymous online journal about caregiving for her mother in 2009, and eventually realizes that Alzheimer’s disease is nothing to hide nor to be ashamed about. Learn more about this woman’s experiences, which include plenty of humor.
- Highlight: My first adult diaper change
Many other blogs about Alzheimer’s disease link to this blog. One reason for all the links, outside the great articles, is the amazing amount of quality information provided here for caregivers and family members.
- Highlight: How Alzheimer’s Spreads Throughout the Brain
Jewels is honest about her feelings as a caregiver to a parent with Alzheimer’s. She hasn’t seen her mother, who is in a nursing home, for almost two years. Learn how that feels for Jewels.
- Highlight: Doesn’t stop or change
A wife writes about her husband’s struggles with Alzheimer’s until his death on October 5, 2012, following a coma. They were married 49 years, and the photos and uplifting comments might break your heart – or heal it.
- Highlight: I Had a Dream
A daughter’s journey with a father inflicted by Alzheimer’s disease is complicated by an aunt (AA) who recently becomes a burden. This is a brutally honest and helpful journal for other caregivers to read.
- Highlight: Even more AA–or why should I do this again?
The Alzheimer’s Association focuses on news about this organization, but also provides stories about caregivers and others who work with this disease. This organization is a fantastic resource for entire families.
You have a chance to get to know Joe through his blog. He was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s in 2007, but he still offers plenty of helpful resources, ideas, and articles about this disease for families and caregivers.
This wife of an Alzheimer’s patient spends her time coping with her grief and frustration while compiling an amazing list of helpful links and resources. It’s easy to like Joan’s honest approach to frustrations.
The eldest daughter of five to a woman with Alzheimer’s shares her perspective on how this disease has changed their lives. If you don’t believe Alzheimer’s disease can alter relationships, spend some time with this excellent writer.
- Highlight: The Firestorm Begins
A spouse write for her husband as he struggled through a five-year span of Alzheimer’s before he died earlier this year. She continues to struggle with the losses in her life created by this disease in a way that can help others who are coping with loss.
- Highlight: It’s my road and mine alone…
A woman with Parkinson’s disease battles doubts with her faith and with the medical community. Learn how she copes through her faith and through various methods to combat her disease as she struggles on with her life.
- Highlight: Memories Allowed
This simple yet encouraging blog offers information and support as well as realism and optimism for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Although this blog is barely off the ground, the information offered already has garnered attention.
A Parkinson’s disease patient embarks on a worldwide tour to meet other people who have this disease. This author will journal travels from Argentina to Mumbai, then on to Singapore with many more stops.
- Highlight: Restless
This blog not only serves as an information clearinghouse for the Anchorage, Alaska, Parkinson’s Disease Support Group — it also provides discussions and experiences for those across the globe who suffer from this disease.
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) funds scientific research while supporting those afflicted with this disease by offering educational programs and services. This blog is just one example of the services provided by this foundation.
A 60-year-old woman who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 14 years ago provides her insights and inspirations in this blog. She shares a lot — including her love of accordion jazz.
- Highlight: Her Passion for Life is Contagious
The Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies serves the Rocky Mountain community with direct care services; but, it also has expanded throughout the state and the country with its positive outlook and creative ideas for life health and maintenance, especially through its “community voices. “
- Highlight: Cognitive Changes: What Was I Thinking?
This community is filled with patient-driven content that informs others about all stages of Parkinson’s disease. Utilize the blogs, webinars, polls, debates, and other tools that bind this community together.
Originally diagnosed with Lupus, this Parkinson’s disease patient finally received the correct diagnosis in 2004. Sherri can educate, uplift, and spark your creativity through sharing her thoughts on this blog.
- Highlight: Melanoma and Parkinson’s disease
John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at age 80. Since then, he swears meeting the challenges provided by this disease has enhanced his life — and that 2010 was the best year ever. He continues to make life better for others through his writing.
- Highlight: Avoid Falls: Balance Exercises for Seniors
Alzheimer’s is most often characterized by memory loss and dementia, which can be very difficult for the relatives of someone with the disease. However, with care and kindness, someone with Alzheimer’s can still live a comfortable and rewarding lifestyle, as demonstrated in many of the sites below.
Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder that can lead to tremors, difficulty swallowing, and a host of other difficulties. While it can be fatal in the long term, it is possible to live a wonderful and fulfilling life while keeping the symptoms at bay for many years.
These sites run the gamut, from managing family relationships during tough transitions to dealing with cancer as a family. Caring for the elderly always brings surprises, and reading the sites below can offer the beginnings of preparation and understanding in difficult and uncertain times.
What happens to a successful woman who is thrown some massive curveballs in life? This person takes those hits and curves her life around them. Gain inspiration from this blog and you can learn more about Frontotemporal Dementia as well.
- Highlight: The More Painful Side to My Story
An author, mother, and grandmother has written about surviving five children. Now, her focus is on cancer, and she’s dedicated to women with this disease until there’s a cure.
- Highlight: Do You Know What Mesothelioma is?
This is one of the best sites around for staying informed about how to protect the rights of low-income older adults. The underlying mission is based upon dignity, safety, and independence through economic security.
Are you part of the “Sandwich Generation,” caring for elder parents and younger kids or grandkids? You can find advice and support at this blog, helping you to face your daily challenges.
Her Mentor Center helps families with all kinds of transitions. Any family in flux, including those struggling with the difficulties of aging family members, can find advice, support, and comfort here.
- Highlight: Politics and a Lesson in Communication
This site provides in-depth information and answers to any questions you may have on Mesothelioma. It offers assistance, information and quality care that you may be looking for when dealing with this horrible disease.
- Highlight: Mesothelioma Symptoms