A Working Family Caregiver’s Day in the Life of Elder Care

guest July 27th, 2015, 10:00 AM
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Carol cropped 1This guest blog is by Carol Marak, aging advocate and editor at Seniorcare.com. She is an experienced family caregiver and writes about aging issues, senior care concerns, and the family’s role throughout the journey. She’s passionate about ending society’s barriers that obstruct aging with dignity. Her work appears in senior health outlets.  Follow her at @Carebuzz and @SeniorCareQuest.

My elder care advocacy launched from the experience of helping parents while working full-time. I did what could be done from a distance while my sisters did the bulk of everyday tasks. Our…

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From a Young Mother Graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership

guest May 4th, 2015, 9:00 AM
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The following is from a young mother who completed VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program:

I found out I was pregnant in October 2011. I was 19 and a sophomore in City College. I felt as though my world had come crashing down. I couldn’t bear the thought of being considered a statistic who didn’t finish school and got pregnant at a young age.

I initially heard about the NFP program during my second trimester, through my prenatal visits at Morris Heights Health Center. Within a week of calling the program, I was…

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Summertime Skin Protection: Sunscreen is Not Just for the Young

guest July 9th, 2014, 7:54 AM
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Adults and seniors need sun protection too. Wear sunblock!This guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for eight years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in administration at Adelphi University.

We are out in the sun a lot in the summer. My kids go to summer camp; we go to the parks, the pool and the beach; and I always make sure I am slathering my children with sunscreen to protect them from getting too much sun or a sunburn. But…

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The Alzheimer’s Caregiver

stav May 13th, 2014, 9:20 AM
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Last week, I attended the Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, lecture “Who Am I Now? The Existential Dilemma of Caregiving.” Jed Levine, the Executive Vice President and Director of Programs and Services, led a panel discussion with author Alix Kates Shulman, who has been a caregiver to her husband with dementia since 2004; Daniel Kuhn, who is also an author and a social worker; and Sharon Shaw, a social worker and psychotherapist who leads caregiver support groups.

Every panelist had their own insight on caregiving – specifically giving for those with…

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Smiles or Sorrows

smcternan April 27th, 2014, 7:50 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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On a good day we are all smiles…on a bad day we are?  Everyday we choose our mood based on any number of things. The good side of the bed the wrong side of the bed. A great night sleep or a poor night sleep.We all need rest but some of us may need more than others. Well when all things are considered some children are naturally happy temperaments and others not so much. What is a mom or dad to do if their child is all smiles or all…

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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
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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
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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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