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How to survive bringing an elderly parent to live with you

By Douglas Peck Few things can be can be more stressful and disruptive to a household than having an elderly parent move in. Eating and sleeping times may change. Menus become altered as new likes and dislikes are accommodated. TV programs are different and even the volume is now at a record level most of […]

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There are many benefits when providing care for a loved-one

By Jeannette Sheehan At some point, you may find yourself becoming a caregiver for a spouse, parent or other loved one. Some people might worry that the pressure of their own daily life combined with being a caregiver might shave years off their life. Interestingly this nurturing may actually have the opposite effect and extend […]

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Two generations share roof, but live separate

When it came time to live closer to his in-laws, Siegle had trouble finding something that he could adapt or expand to fit his needs. Instead, he found a suitable subdivision close to Traverse City, designed a house, had it built and moved in last summer.

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You, too, may become a caregiver

By Douglas Peck Who do you think of when you hear the word “caregiver”? A doctor? A nurse? A Red Cross or disaster aid worker? For most of this century we have tended to think of caregiving as a profession, an occupation that people with certain talents and inclinations choose as their life’s work. That […]

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The importance of companion care cannot be underestimated

By Douglas Peck When we think of elder care we often think of doctors, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and even hospice workers. We have an intuitive understanding of what each of these professions does and we know — often from personal experience — how important they are to keeping all of us healthy. We generally do […]

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Living alone with Alzheimer’s tough choice for all

Elaine Vlieger is making some concessions to Alzheimer’s. She’s cut back on her driving, frozen dinners replace once elaborate cooking, and a son monitors her finances.

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