Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | En Español

Diabetes Medications and Seniors

By Nina Rios on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

In 1993, almost half of people diagnosed with diabetes were older than 65, making type 2 diabetes a common occurrence in elderly patients. 

Elderly patients pose unique cases, as self-management of diabetes comes with greater difficulties once age impairs cognitive functions and  inhibits the ability to safely make changes in exercise and diet. Additionally, identifying and responding to hypoglycemia, which medication may cause, becomes more difficult with age.

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Latino Caregivers: ¿Cuidadores?

By Nina Rios on Sun, Jul 15, 2012 @ 03:00 PM

Caregivers come in all ages, shapes and sizes, but what they don’t come with is a universally accepted one-word Spanish translation for the word “caregiver.”  Strange?  Not really.  In the Latino culture caring for someone, particularly an aging parent or spouse is a responsibility not taken lightly and one steeped in tradition with words filled with promises and commitments to the elders.  It is not unusual to learn that words such as coping or stress for a caregiver are not used since it would imply a burden, instead of the kind of duty that is carried out obediently and respectfully.

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Why me as the Caregiver? Caring for an aging parent.

By Nina Rios on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 @ 08:03 AM

If you are the caregiver for a parent or other aging relative, you have probably asked yourself this question a few times, “Why me?”  Caregiving is not something you plan for. You don’t just decide one day to be a caregiver simply because you have always wanted to see what it’s like. No, you usually fall into this role, quite literally, because there is no one else that is able or willing to do it.  Sometimes it just sneaks up on you and most folks are never quite prepared for what can be a long and very demanding journey.

If and when you join the ranks of this courageous group of folks who take on the role of caregiving, be prepared to stretch your patience, to add those extra hours to an already long and perhaps stressful day, to smile, when you feel like crying and most importantly, to learn to take care of yourself.  Easier said than done, I know. 

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