Health and Human Services

A blend of perspectives on the comprehensive health industries, from the professors and professionals guiding our master’s degree programs. Here you will find valuable insights to elevate your standard of care, your community’s health and the services you provide.

July 16, 2015

When Caregivers Collide: Behaving Professionally in Difficult Situations

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

Caregiving is hard work and requires a lot of dedication. I write about it so that other caregivers will know that they are not alone; many share or have shared their experiences. One thing all caregivers have in common is that we encounter many different people and personalities during the course of our work. Most…

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June 30, 2015

Caregiving Skills: How to Become A Great People Mover

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

About a year after my husband Bob came home from the hospital after his strokes, he had experienced enough mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks, that he needed help moving from a chair, out of bed, out of a car, and anything else he sat in. Introductory ‘people moving’ To begin with, I thought that if…

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June 23, 2015

Hospice Thoughts: What Caregivers Should Know About Palliative Care

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

You may wonder why I have chosen this topic. My husband Bob, who has dementia, had a very bad week last week. He was so incredibly weak I could hardly move him. Although his energy has come back a bit, he has slipped noticeably from the physical and mental functionality that he had. When a…

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June 18, 2015

When Your Loved One’s Health Changes Rapidly: A Caregiver’s Challenging Day

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

I am not sure yet, but today might have changed my life. Yesterday, Friday, late in the day, I took my husband Bob to the doctor, who diagnosed him with a lung infection and perhaps a urinary infection. Bob has Alzheimer’s disease; these additional ailments made him weak enough to have to use a wheelchair…

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June 9, 2015

Don’t Panic: Negotiating Health Scares With a Loved One Who Has Dementia

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

A few days ago, my husband Bob, who has dementia, developed a very bad cold. At the same time, he seemed to acquire a more serious problem walking and getting out of chairs. He was so tired and listless that it really had me concerned. It took me nearly half an hour to get Bob…

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May 26, 2015

Caregivers: Find Ways to Say ‘I Love You’

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

If it seems that I am always talking about the good side of caregiving, it’s probably because I am. However, meeting the needs of a loved one who needs full-time care can make you forget to say “I love you.” I want my husband Bob, who has dementia, to know that I love him. I’m…

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May 19, 2015

High-Tech Caregiving: Eldercare Medical Technology

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

New technology gives senior citizens more options for staying in their homes as they age. Full-time caregivers can also use tech tools to monitor patients and loved ones who have conditions like Alzheimer’s disease that make them prone to wandering or agitation. New technology caregivers can use to keep patients or loved ones safe at…

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May 12, 2015

Experiencing Everyday Joy as a Caregiver: Makeovers, Dancing and Teeter-Totters

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

A lot of what I do every day as a caregiver has grim undertones. However, I concentrate on maintaining the best possible quality of life for my husband Bob and myself while pursuing multiple dreams. Some people think I’m nuts; others are amazed by my good attitude. Balancing caregiving with joie de vivre Bob still…

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May 7, 2015

Facing Fearful Situations With Elderly Loved Ones

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

This seems to be the week for people to talk to me about their fears about elderly family members. Some people worry about managing care for their aging parents; others keep vigil over extremely sick loved ones. Eldercare includes the possibility of fearful situations for spouses and adult children, and it isn’t always possible to…

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April 30, 2015

Beating Stress by Remembering to Relax and Breathe

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

I had a wonderful surprise the other day: a telephone call from a dear friend I don’t talk to very often. Sarah came back into my life at a perfect time. Until we spoke, I hadn’t realized how much stress I was feeling. Learning to breathe again after a loss Although I had been working…

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