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Hiring caregivers: An agency versus an independent

By Doug Peck Taking care of an elderly parent or relative is never an easy task. There is an endless of number of critical decisions to be made and most are made while under a considerable amount of distress. If you are helping the person either remain in his or her own home, or to […]

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Taking your medication can save money, hospital trips

Patients not taking medicine as prescribed cost the U.S. healthcare system roughly $290 billion a year in extra treatment and related costs, research shows. One study estimated those patients pay about $2,000 a year in extra out-of-pocket medical costs.

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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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