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Caregiver Stress

5 Problems Associated With Caring for a Mid- to Late-Stage Alzheimer's Patient at Home

Marie Marley | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Placing a loved one in a nursing facility is a highly controversial issue. Many people would rather die than do it. But in some -- not all -- cases, such placement may actually be the best solution for the patient.

7 Tried-And-True Ways To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty

Is there anything more stressful than taking care of a sick or dying loved one? It's a burden, no matter how willingly borne, that often comes with a ...

People With Alzheimer's May Be Stumped By the Simplest Things

Marie Marley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's may have great difficulty figuring out the simplest activities. The following story illustrates that poignantly.

An Alzheimer's Journal: 'I Want to Go Home'

Marie Marley | Posted 10.28.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Even though he had forgotten about the move, the sound of his voice asking to go home reverberated in my head and troubled me for days.

Life After Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

As I'm sitting here writing this, nearly 15 years have passed since that fateful evening Ed was found driving on the wrong side of the road. Since that first sign that something serious was wrong with him. I was only 50 then; now I'm into my 60s. The years have gone by slowly.

7 Things You Can Do When Someone You Love Has Cancer

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Kathleen Buckstaff

You have them right in front of you. Savor them. When you know someone you love has cancer, you are on notice. Fight hard to take advantage of each moment spent together.

How To Find Strength During Your Parent's Slow Descent Into Dementia

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 10.18.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I open the door to step back into the room, and he is already asleep again. Sitting in the chair by his bed. The effort to get dressed and move to the chair was too much. He is spent. His lungs are filled with fluid, and he no longer has the physical strength to cough it up. They are giving him medicine designed to help, and he tries, but he just can't get it out anymore.

10 Ways to Parent Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 08.09.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People who have Alzheimer's disease will gradually lose the ability to manage their own affairs and carry out routine activities of daily living. When this happens you will need to step in and help out. In effect you become the parent, caring for them as they cared for you when you were growing up.

Don't Believe These 6 Excuses That Add Stress to Alzheimer's Care

Paula Spencer Scott | Posted 05.25.2014 | Fifty
Paula Spencer Scott

You're right. Nobody can replace you. But you're not looking for a replacement. All you need is somebody to relieve you, for a little while.

Caregiver Skills, Emotional Bond and Safety Are Keys to Satisfaction with Long-Term Care

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

While cost will likely remain as a top tier issue in delivering long-term care, quality from the person's perspective matters, regardless of who pays for the care

7 Ways To Beat Back Caregiver Stress

Sherri Snelling | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Some believe it all started with a tennis match in the 1970s but the battle between the sexes has always existed -- it just gets updated for today's modern dilemmas: who gets paid more at work for the same job, who is a better driver, who controls the remote at home, who gets kicked off the reality TV program island and on it goes.

6 Scary Signs That Prove Stress Is Taking A Toll On American Women

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 10.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Taking an inventory on several health risks for American women in 2013 paints a picture of pain: of overdosing, caregiver burnout, health disparities, financial stress and over-drinking.

What Caregivers Can Do To Relax And De-Stress

HeartMath LLC | Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Caregiving is never an easy undertaking, but if you thoughtfully and heartfully manage the stress that can come with it -- or in making decisions around it -- you can actually enjoy the honor that it is to help that special someone who needs you now more than ever.

Regrets From the Last Days With My Mother

Lauren Kahn | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Whether we're able to consciously or subconsciously reason away our regrets or not, it's best to be prepared to experience them when we're dealing with a loved one's end of life. No matter what, there will be regrets.

The Alzheimer's Reality: A Nation in Diapers

Deborah Swiss | Posted 09.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Like many diagnosed with Alzheimer's, my mother was angry and hostile in the early phases. Four years later, she's helpless and docile. The woman who managed a busy medical practice has no idea what day or year it is.

My 3 Biggest Regrets As an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I struggled alone to find my way as a caregiver, to find solutions to what seemed like an endless parade of difficult issues.

Bringing Joy to a Person With Alzheimer's: The Little Beep Game

Marie Marley | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Just seeing him smile and hearing him laugh had become more than enough to make up for losing our previous relationship. My heart had changed forever. Our love had endured, even despite Alzheimer's -- the last and most daunting obstacle it would ever face.

10 Critical Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Marie Marley | Posted 07.23.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Being an Alzheimer's caregiver is hard work that requires a lot of knowledge and many skills for getting along and for connecting with the person. Here are some tips to help you out on your caregiving journey.

5 Ways To Deal With A Loved One's Embarrassing Behavior In Public

Marie Marley | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It isn't unusual for people with Alzheimer's to behave inappropriately in public at times. And often that leads to embarrassment for the caregiver. Here are some ways to deal with that embarrassment.

5 Things Alzheimer's Caregivers Should Never Do

Marie Marley | Posted 06.02.2013 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Let's face it. Caring for a person with Alzheimer's is hard work. You may have to deal with personality changes and difficult behaviors. What I want to achieve in this article is to offer some ideas about five things Alzheimer's caregivers should never do.

The Perfect Three-Step Plan For Stressed Caregivers

Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Since Me Time is not about achieving a goal, it needs to become a lifestyle staple - something you work into your busy life and the Monday concept gives you 52 chances during the year to find your Me Time.

The Weight of the 'Wait'

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

As caregivers, there is nothing that we can do to influence the results. Yet waiting for the outcome can weigh so heavily on us. No doubt about it, the sheer weight of the situation equals stress, and potentially a lot of it.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Smart Ways to Decrease Your Distress

Marie Marley | Posted 09.09.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One secret to reducing your emotional distress is to remain aware that your loved one probably lives only in the present.

Nursing Home Placement for Alzheimer's Patients -- It Can Be the Most Loving Choice

Marie Marley | Posted 04.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Marie Marley

When you reach the point where you're physically worn out and emotionally spent the majority of the time, stop and give some serious consideration to placing your loved one in a high-quality long-term care facility. It isn't a copout. It can be by far the most loving course of action.

Caregiver Stress: The Other Side of the JetBlue Freak Out

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrea Chalupa

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gave us a meme we couldn't get enough of. Now that the jokes have been exhausted, it's time to focus on an issu...