I went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes this past weekend and it occurred to me that my maiden Caregiverlist blog post was about the first Planet of the Apes movie (James Franco, not Charlton Heston, thank you very much): Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
In August of 2011, that movie was the subject of my blog post because its premise dealt with the search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease (and please don’t let the ensuing movie’s cluster-franchise discourage future Alzheimer’s and dementia research.) This sequel bypassed the whole Alzheimer’s angle but for one sentence in the exposition, so I can’t use this movie for blog fodder. However, I thought I’d look back on my last three years of contributions and highlight my top five posts, out of the hundreds I've written, based on number of eyeballs.
#5 Does Your Power of Attorney Include a HIPAA Release?
15. July 2014 19:17
This is a recent post in which I discuss the importance of legal due-diligence as it applies to medical issues. It all boils down to the fact that information is power. When it comes to the ones we love, we want to make sure no one tells us they can’t give us pertinent medical information because necessary paperwork wasn’t processed. Process that paperwork!
#4 Become a Certified Senior Caregiver
2. July 2014 16:09
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? Caregiverlist provides an at-a-glance look at the growing need for caregivers for an elderly population, caregiver skills and senior caregiver job descriptions, and caregiver salary and benefits. It also outlines the steps to becoming a professional senior caregiver. And it’s pretty.
#3 Caregiver Pay: Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck?
19. April 2014 11:18
It sure is nice to know you are not alone, especially when you feel like you are living at the end of your rope. C.N.A.s are essential to society in helping the elderly age with comfort and dignity. Unfortunately, those who help others often find themselves on the short end of the recompense stick. HBO’s Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert spoke to many of you who are trying to make a life while making a difference.
#2 Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: What's the Difference?
24. June 2014 08:18
I’m not above admitting it—Bradley Cooper’s face would make me click on any link too. When I wrote about Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness as a cause celebre, the popularity of the post was proof. It just goes to show that these diseases touch all, regardless of wealth or station—no one is immune to memory loss devastation.
Bradley Cooper proudly promotes purple to #ENDALZ.
#1 Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers
24. August 2013 06:22
Caregivers, especially caregivers for the infirm and seniors, experience a tremendous amount of stress. It’s why Caregiverlist has made it’s mission to "care for the caregiver" especially. It’s no wonder then that my preeminent blog post was one that gave inspiration to the senior caregiver. Culled from a variety of sources, these inspirational quotes speak to why caregiving is the ultimate humanitarian calling. The takeaway: “They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
If there is any topic that you would like to see me tackle in future, feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!