The Caregiver

Pamela Spahr, the founder of Inspired Caregivers and the author of the eBook, “Caregivers Survival Toolkit,” is an expert in behavioral and emotional techniques designed specifically for caregivers to those with cognitive impairment.

When her husband suffered several strokes and was diagnosed with dementia, neither her executive roles in high technology nor her communication and training background prepared her for her role as caregiver. Eventually, Spahr discovered several highly effective techniques that became her survival toolkit. Now she coaches caregivers and teaches her techniques to family and professional caregivers around the United States.

October 1, 2015

Making Lists: Caregiver Stress and Short Term Memory Loss

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

I don’t admit this to very many people, but I am getting more forgetful. Nowadays, I have to make lists. Memory trouble after a loved one’s trauma When my husband Bob had a series of strokes three years ago, my short-term memory was trashed. I could not remember what I was supposed to do, or…

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September 24, 2015

Keeping Yourself Well: Caregiving and Depression

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

I’ve been wondering lately if I have sunk into a depression. Between my husband Bob entering hospice and being sick with a cold myself, I have been lethargic and miserable for the past three weeks. The racking cough, the mild fever and the runny nose are all symptoms I’ve experienced three times in the past…

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September 17, 2015

Dementia Caregiving: Good and Bad Days During Hospice Care

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

My husband Bob, who has dementia, has been in at-home hospice care for a while now. I’d been his caretaker for about two years when he got so sick that he fell five times in as many days. One fall required a call to 911, because I did not have the strength to get him…

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September 10, 2015

Eldercare and Companion Animals: Finding Kramer the Cat

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

When I came home to California from the American Society on Aging convention last March, I knew things would change in my caregiving business, but I did not know they would change so drastically in my personal life. My business has been expanding and changing lately in a very interesting way. I seem to be…

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September 3, 2015

Caregiver Resources: Eldercare Professionals Who Can Help

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

No matter what kind of care you are giving, there are many challenges to face. It’s important to know that there are many people poised to help as you embark on your new role as a caregiver. I am my husband’s caregiver. Bob had several major stokes and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about three…

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July 21, 2015

Advance Directives and Other Legal Documents for Seniors and Caregivers

By Pamela Spahr, Contributing Writer | The Caregiver

As my husband Bob’s caregiver, I thought I was covered legally for his end-of-life care as well as my own. But after learning more from legal and healthcare experts about the medical documents everyone should have and what happens after a loved one dies, I realized I was missing some important things. There are several…

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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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