Q&A: A Conversation with a Long-Distance, Long-Time Caregiver

guest March 21st, 2014, 10:53 AM
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lisahirschandmomA Day in the Life spoke with Lisa Hirsch, author of My Mom My Hero: Alzheimer’s—A mother and daughter’s bittersweet journey, creator of the My Mom My Hero blog, and long-distance caregiver of her mother Ruth, who has Alzheimer’s.

Your mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s more than nine years ago. How has your relationship with your mom changed?
Oh, it’s changed completely. I just fell deeply in love with my mother. She inspires me. Before her illness we spoke maybe once a week. Since her illness, I’ve spoken to her nearly every single…

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Super Kids

smcternan February 2nd, 2014, 3:05 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Here is a question, and think hard…what makes someone truly SUPER? Defining your child to someone may cause you to pause….fine, great, amazing, honest, kind, mischievious, or maybe even a holy terror. Well we all have good and bad days and we hope when we become parents that there will be more Good than Bad. One of the hardest parts of parenting is to set them free. Yes, we take care of every booboo and dry every tear but when is it Ok not to dry their tears and let…

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Bridging the Generations: A Winning Strategy for Family Caregivers

jsantamaria January 29th, 2014, 5:02 PM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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We often refer to the difficulties faced by the “sandwich generation” — those in their 40s and 50s who find themselves caring for elderly family members while they still have children at home. Worrying about driving your elderly mom to the doctor can be especially stressful when you also need to cook a healthy meal for your growing teen. But sandwiched caregivers, take heart: While no one can diminish the stresses you face in caring for both older and younger family members, this may be an opportunity for multiple generations…

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Facebook Roundup: Top 3 Inspirational Quotations

stav January 28th, 2014, 6:00 AM
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These are three of my favorite inspirational quotations.

Do you have any favorite quotations?

Look into My Crystal Ball…

smcternan January 20th, 2014, 10:20 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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What do you see? I see a torrent of change. Where is it coming from-EVERYWHERE! Why is it coming? Well that would truly be a magical skill if I knew the absolute answer- but maybe you do. I am speaking of where the future of health in this nation. Yes, we all WANT and maybe NEED to be healthy, BUT do we know how? My guess is that if you survey most Americans of any age the answers would vary tremendously. Ask a five year old and he will tell…

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Seniors Have Roomies, Too.

jsantamaria January 17th, 2014, 8:33 AM
Judy Santamaria, MSPH
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roommatesHave you ever considered combating loneliness by sharing your living space with someone else?  Brain studies prove that the more social we are, the longer we live—and the better quality of life we enjoy.  In one study, researchers at Harvard Medical School followed nearly 45,000 people who had heart disease or were at high risk of developing it. The four-year study found that those who lived alone were more likely to die from heart attack, stroke or other heart-related problems than those who lived with others.

Many seniors live alone after divorce or…

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Become a Donor

smcternan January 12th, 2014, 9:22 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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As New Years’ resolutions go most have settled into working out, more family time, eating healthy and balancing work and life better. But for those of you who may not have chosen or even consider doing anything new with the New Year I urge you to consider becoming an organ donor. Why? Well for one thing there are so many awaiting organs, estimates are that about 15,000 people die per year that would make perfect donors had they consented to donation. For every person who donates there are multiple recipients…

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How well is your baby sleeping?

smcternan January 2nd, 2014, 3:48 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Sleep conjures images of comfy beds and silence, add a newborn to the picture and that image changes. A tired cranky baby needs sleep but when and how is the best way to assure this? Well research has proven that babies adjust to their home environments rather well after birth. The barking dog, street noise, music and environmental noise pollution was ALL heard in utero. No need to change that once Baby is born, very true-but then why do parents do just that-Baby is sleeping everyone be QUIET!! Well the parental…

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STRESS Less Holiday

smcternan December 26th, 2013, 10:58 AM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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Rushing, running and feeling a little overwhelmed. This time of year can do it to all of us. We try to plan and sudden last minute changes make us spin. How to handle it well and not take it our on your family, friends, pets or pillow!! Well suggestions posed by experts recommend not indulging (food and Wine) too much will help. Well if that is not a contributor to your stress then what can you do to glide through this time of year with less stress. The holidays are…

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My Stomach Hurts….

smcternan December 16th, 2013, 1:24 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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by George Hodan

by George Hodan

My stomach, head, foot, etc…hurts, I can’t go to school. Who hasn’t at some point heard these complaints? Sometimes there is truth behind them, as physical ailments can strike at any time, but if they happen consistently you might begin to see a pattern. Are they always on the morning of a spelling test, or before that after-school activity on Wednesdays? What does it mean and what should you as their parent do? 

First, always listen to your child’s concerns. There may be a hidden message. Second, keep track of…

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