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Stepchildren Challenged with New Family Dynamics

Many stepchildren now try to care for parents who were not their original father or mother. Sometimes, like in Emma’s case, relationships can be tense and even nasty.

Emma’s father died when she was young and her mother then married Edward. His three daughters did not become close with Emma and her four siblings. Now, three decades later, the tension continues. It was exacerbated when Emma’s mother died in 2006.

“When she passed, Edward was devastated. We took care of him. All my nieces and nephews call him grandpa,” Emma said.

Problems began when Edward decided to move to an assisted living community in Massachusetts where he, Emma, and her siblings all live.

Read more of Emma’s story and ideas from a licensed clinical social worker on what families can do to avoid similar problems.

The Answers to Help MS Patients

MS-PhotoMultiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness that typically strikes people between 20 and 40 years old.

The complications of the condition can affect the entire family. However, by answering some common questions, it can make a big difference in a person’s life.

To learn more about the questions you and your loved one should ask, and the answers you should be looking for, click here.

Ideas to Help With Arthritis Symptoms

For the 50 million Americans with a form of arthritis, it is more than just aches and pains.

While the term arthritis covers more than 100 conditions, disorders and diseases, three forms are the most common:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Juvenile arthritis

While each type of arthritis has unique properties, the steps you can take to help limit pain are often similar.

Click here to learn more on what those with arthritis can do that could mitigate the severity of the symptoms.

National Caregiver of the Year: How Teresa Helped Jo & Blair

2012 National Caregiver of the Year Teresa McCoy

2012 National Caregiver of the Year Teresa McCoy

When Teresa McCoy cares for people, she doesn’t think about it, it’s automatic for her to be considerate and understanding.

“I’m a caregiver by heart. I’ve always cared for other people. It’s my niche and I think it’s the best thing in the world,” she said.

Teresa works for the Denver Homewatch CareGivers office. She began working with them in 2011, and recently earned Homewatch CareGivers National Caregiver of the Year Award for 2012. Homewatch CareGivers selected Teresa from among more than 5,000 caregivers, who provide more than 4.8 million care hours around the world.

As she always does, Teresa goes above and beyond every day in the care she provides for others. This is especially clear when you hear the story of Jo and Blair.

Click here to read more.

Keeping the Body Healthy May Help Brain Health

Regular exercise may not just benefit seniors physically – some experts say the activity can also help with cognitive issues.

According to a 2008 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a six-month workout program provided a modest level of improvement in memory-related issues.

However, people living with a chronic condition, such as seniors helped by elder home care services, often view any new type of exercise as a daunting task. Their fears are not unfounded and every older person should talk to a health care provider before starting a new exercise routine.

Click here for safe exercise options for seniors.