Caregiving

Concordia Senior Living is building out a dedicated resource library to help you and your loved ones with the aging process. If you’re a family caregiver looking for information and caregiver support, click on any of the links below to read articles about family caregiving.
 

A caregiver and an aging loved one enjoy time togetherTop Signs of Caregiver Burnout

There’s no doubt that caring for an aging loved one can be a rewarding experience for everyone. Making a positive difference in the life of someone you care about can give you a sense of purpose, allow you to grow …Read More

 
 
 
 

signs of dementiaRecognizing the Signs of Dementia

Dementia is defined as chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes and impaired reasoning…Read More

 
 
 
 

avoiding caregiver guiltAvoiding Caregiver Guilt

Family caregivers are responsible not only for meeting the healthcare needs of an aging family member or friend facing a chronic condition, illness or disability, but also for providing emotional, physical and often, financial support…Read More

 
 
 
 

caregiver supportChallenges Facing Family Caregivers

According to the National Center on Caregiving, over 34 million Americans have provided unpaid care to a loved one age 50 or older in the last 12 months. These family caregivers generally assist their loved one with activities of daily living, like dressing, eating and…Read More

 
 
 
 

how to reduce caregiver stressHow to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Recent research shows that over 44 million Americans provide unpaid care to elderly loved ones or a disabled adult. Of these caregivers, an overwhelming majority (one out of three) reports their stress levels as high, and that their…Read More

 
 
 
 

moving elderly parentsHelping Aging Parents Move

For anyone, relocating to a new home can be an emotional process. Leaving behind a house that has been the backdrop for years of memories is likely to bring about feelings of nostalgia…Read More

 
 
 
 

stages of caregivingThe Stages of Caregiving

Too often, our aging loved ones believe that aging in place means living in their homes indefinitely. This can lead to the need for in-home health care, or in many instances, a family member ends up being the primary caregiver…Read More

 
 

 

Caregiver Support from Concordia

Mel Roberts, LCSW

mel roberts thumbnailMel Roberts graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Since that time she has become licensed as a Clinical Social Worker, and has received an Advanced Certification as a Social Work Case Manager. Mel has devoted all of her years of practice, and many years prior to receiving her degree, to the service of elders. She worked several years for Catholic Charities in Senior Adult Ministry. She also worked at Edmond Medical Center in their in-patient geriatric evaluation center. In the last several years she has worked for Elder Care Solutions as a Geriatric Care Manager. For five years, Mel facilitated a support group for people with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. In her spare time she loves to volunteer at her church in several different capacities; spend time entertaining family and friends; and playing golf (which she doesn’t do very well) with her husband, Cliff. Working with elders feeds her spirit.
 

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