Category Archives: Family caregivers

Understanding men and women in their old age

depression-in-the-elderly-290x217A recent article in the Times of India talks about how men tend to get depressed in their old age while women tend to get more adventurous.

This is something we have also noticed on our trips to old age …

Understanding and dealing with faecal incontinence

Any form of incontinence, though may not be fatal, can surely rob the life of the affected.

faecalIncFaecal Incontinence (FI) is basically lack of control over defecation leading to involuntary loss of some or all of the bowel contents. This …

Workshop on Incontinence

The management of Old is Gold Store; Prithvi, Jaya and Sanjay felt the need to address the long neglected topic of understanding and managing incontinence (bladder weakness) among the senior citizens of our community. This led to the idea of …

What is caregiving?

0314_SeniorCaregiving_LeadShotCaregiving is the process in which one individual (caregiver) looks after another individual (care recipient) who is in need of special support to go through their day. In the context of this book, the care recipient is a 60+ years …

The Non Resident Care Giver

caregiver-picture-300x221Every family has one and if you’re not so lucky, several.  Who is a non resident care giver? Usually a blood relative, a sibling, a cousin, an aunt, an uncle living elsewhere could be Mylapore, Mumbai or Minnesota. Absence maketh …

May be it is not as bad as it seems

notbadThe two sisters came in looking for something for their dad. From their conversation with each other, one could make out that their dad was not keeping well, was stubborn and inflexible (like some seniors who have been fiercely independent …

Of remote caregivers and happy endings…

caregiverMr. P came to our store yesterday. Since his mother’s passing 6 months ago, he had not had any reasons to come to our store, so it was a bit of a surprise for us.

More surprisingly, instead of the …

Special parents

CompanionshipServicesI grew up in a time when people were not very politically correct or overly sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. It was very common to address people based on some physical characteristic that was prominent. The short …

Life-life balance

life-balance-elephant1People are fond of talking about work-life balance. Basically what this phrase means is that one’s life should not be all work and there must be time allocated for self, family, friends and recreation and hobby,  so that there is …

A little guilt is a good starting point.

caringforcaregiverWhen your parents get old and need to be cared for, one of you (among the children) will end up looking after them for the majority of the time. We wrote about that here.

However, just because you are …