THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Surprising Things I Learned About My Mom When She Moved

It seems like my Mom has been moving for months. It feels like over the past while, my sister and I have been operating in semi-crisis mode with our mother. She moved out of her apartment a few weeks ago, but we didn’t know if her new residence would be a good fit. So yesterday ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Ancient Wizardry of Caregiver ‘Touch’

When Nick was very small and I was cutting my teeth as a disability Mom and advocate, I went to my first family caregiving conference. Two days in another city was respite for me – Jim looked after Nick at home during my short stay away. But some parents brought their small children to the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Ancient Wizardry of Caregiver ‘Touch’

When Nick was very small and I was cutting my teeth as a disability Mom and advocate, I went to my first family caregiving conference. Two days in another city was respite for me – Jim looked after Nick at home during my short stay away. But some parents brought their small children to the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What I’ve Learned About Myself Caring For My Mom

For many years I was the primary caregiver in our family for our son who has severe disabilities. Nicholas needed a lot of therapy and was often ill enough to be in the hospital. Those were fraught and exhausting times. Now our son lives in a wonderful care home near our house and his health ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: What I’ve Learned About Myself Caring For My Mom

For many years I was the primary caregiver in our family for our son who has severe disabilities. Nicholas needed a lot of therapy and was often ill enough to be in the hospital. Those were fraught and exhausting times. Now our son lives in a wonderful care home near our house and his health ...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 ...