Entries by Matthew J. Gallardo

Podcast #11- Benefits Of Using At Home Services

  The Coach’s Corner has a new podcast for the new year! Listen and learn more about Messiah Lifeways At Home and how home care helps family caregivers gain some peace of mind and balance in their lives. Home care plays a vital role in assisting older adults and the disabled to “age in place” in the […]

Relieve caregiver stress during the holidays

Lighten your load as a caregiver this holiday season Ah, the holiday season. It’s the most wonderful time of year- right? As we all know it can be a very busy and stressful time too. Between the shopping, cooking, and traveling it gets hectic. This is especially true for those who serve as a primary […]

Adult Day Services: Enriching Lives & Supporting Caregivers

Caring for an aging parent or ailing spouse while trying to fulfill the promise of helping them age in place can be a struggle. This is especially true for a growing segment of caregivers who have a parent or spouse they’re caring for, while simultaneously still raising kids or even grandkids. Known as the “sandwich […]

Autumn: Pumpkins, Football and…. Medicare Open Enrollment?

 For most, the fall season is synonymous with football, the beauty of autumn and everything and anything pumpkin flavored or scented. However, fall now includes a new seasonal tradition- shopping for the right Medicare plan during open enrollment season, which now runs each year from October 15 through December 7. Medicare provides health insurance benefits […]

The Right to Make Bad Choices

As an aging parent or loved one begins to decline or falter, naturally we want to help. That help could be as simple as cutting their lawn or driving them to doctor appointments or errands. If needs increase, your help could consist of cooking or cleaning for them, or hiring a home care agency to […]

Senior Centers: Masters of Aging!

September is National Senior Center Month! This year’s theme is Senior Centers: Masters of Aging! Across the country, more and more people are beginning to recognize their local senior center isn’t what it used to be – it’s a lot more! According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), there are 11,400 senior centers across […]

Coach’s Corner Ep. 9: Aid & Attendance Benefit for Veterans w. guest Neal Delisanti

There are number of benefit programs available to Veterans, but half the battle of accessing them is knowing they exist. One such lesser known program is the VA Aid & Attendance Benefit for war vets and surviving spouses. Listen and learn as we talk with Neal Delisanti, Director of Cumberland County Veterans Affairs, as he […]

Caregiving and Curbing Sibling Discord

Serving as a caregiver for an ailing parent or parents can be extremely challenging. It can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. One of the first suggestions or ideal situations as a caregiver is to share the responsibility. Naturally much of this starts with the adult children, especially if both parents need assistance, or the […]

Making Home Care More Affordable

Non-medical home care services are a great way to help aging loved ones or those with a disability live more independently and safely in their own home. It also gives primary caregivers a break from providing assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing, as well as chores like cooking and housekeeping. […]

Comfortable Communication Eases Dialogue on Death

Last summer, Gerontology Professor Glen Dunbar served as our speaker for one of my most interesting and unconventional Coaching workshops to date. His presentation was entitled “Planning Your Own Memorial Service: Putting the ‘Fun’ in Funeral.” Truthfully when Glen first approached me about presenting, I was a bit uneasy about the title and how people […]