Tips for New Caregivers


Finding yourself as a caregiver for the first time can be scary. Sometimes it is a gradual change, other times you are thrust into it with no warning. Whatever the situation may be, know that you are not alone. As you go through this journey you will learn what works for you and the loved … Continue reading Tips for New Caregivers

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias


Living with, or caring for someone, with Alzheimer’s and related dementias can be challenging and rewarding. These progressive disorders will keep you both on your toes as cognitive abilities decline over time. People diagnosed with dementia will begin to have a difficult time remembering things, especially anything to do with numbers like dates and recipes. … Continue reading Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias

Redefining Your Identity


It begins with a diagnosis, an undetermined future. Families come together and fall into their roles as they help their loved ones through the treatment process. At first, everyone is ready to help, but over time some family members step down from their duties to live their own lives. Often, one person is left to … Continue reading Redefining Your Identity

Protecting Seniors from Scammers


Protecting Seniors from Scammers Imagine, you are sitting on the couch and an unknown number calls you. You answer the phone just to find that it is a robot call telling you that your vehicle warranty is about to expire and you need to speak with a customer service representative to prevent it from expiring. … Continue reading Protecting Seniors from Scammers

Daily Self-Care Apps


As a family caregiver, you spend your days taking care of the ones you love., but are you taking care of your own needs too? Research has shown that some family caregivers struggle with asking for help when they begin to feel exhausted. In essence, asking for some kind of help may feel like admitting … Continue reading Daily Self-Care Apps

Tips For Helping Those Who Refuse Help


The holidays are a time of giving, joy, and helping others. However, what do you do when someone does not want to be helped? This is especially common in aging adults with a “I can do it myself” mentality. Unfortunately, this mindset can prevent loved ones from accepting the help they need. This holiday season, … Continue reading Tips For Helping Those Who Refuse Help

A Caregiver’s Holiday Guide


The holidays are a wonderful time to be with loved ones. The amount of festive and fun activities are endless! However, this can also create added stress on family caregivers. With more responsibilities and people’s time to juggle, the holiday season can become dreaded. Difficult family members step in and have opinions on the way … Continue reading A Caregiver’s Holiday Guide

Kristina Culver #CaregiverAnd Artist


This Caregiver Spotlight features Kristina Culver (45) who is currently a caregiver for her husband, Bill (45). Though not too long ago Bill was in the role of caregiver and it was Kristina who needed support. Kristina and Bill met in their first year of college 28 years ago, having their first daughter shortly after … Continue reading Kristina Culver #CaregiverAnd Artist

Referring Partner Spotlight – Aesha Drozdowski


What is your role at St. Al’s? I am one of the Saint Alphonsous Medical Group’s Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacists. I work within the SAMG 12th Ave Family Medicine clinic in Nampa, ID.  I assist patients, caregivers, staff and providers with medication inquiries, reconciliation and/or access. With a Collaborative Practice Agreement in place, I also have … Continue reading Referring Partner Spotlight – Aesha Drozdowski

Tony Chapa #CaregiverAnd Fisherman


In recognition of November as National Family Caregiver Month, this Caregiver Spotlight is of a man named Tony Chapa (57). For roughly two years now, Tony has been the primary caregiver of his mother Olivia Chapa (83), who is in the late stages of dementia. Tony is a #CaregiverAnd an avid fisherman. Both Tony and … Continue reading Tony Chapa #CaregiverAnd Fisherman