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How To Build The 'Village' You Need As A Caregiver

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 10.09.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

"I think with a lot of geriatric dementia patients, the caregiver is just as important as-- and sometimes even more important than-- the patient who is on your schedule," she says. "I don't know if I would have fully appreciated that without living it myself."

I Yelled At My Dying Husband, And I'm Still Mired In Shame

Debbie Weiss | Posted 11.12.2016 | Fifty
Debbie Weiss

Two and a half years after my husband George died of cancer, I am still mired in shame and regret because I was such a poor caregiver to him. Images of me angry, yelling at him, continue to haunt me.

Resolutions for Dementia Caregivers

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

For a person who bears the onerous responsibility of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, the new year always brings a heavy emotional burden.

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.

10 Heartbreaking Challenges Caregivers Of People With Disabilities Face

Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact

By Dana Brown Ritter, The Mobility Resource I’m married to a handsome, funny, caring man who happens to be a c5/6 quadriplegic. Our life isn’t...

The Caregiver's Challenge of Intimacy

Judy Santamaria | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

Many couples in the throes of caregiving find great solace in tender gestures, such as kissing, hand-holding, hugging, and looking into each other's eyes. Emotional support can be further extended simply by being polite and sensitive to each other's needs.

When a Loved One Is Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

Judy Santamaria | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

It's important to remember that since Parkinson's disease typically progresses slowly, family caregivers have time to learn about the disease, and prepare for the future.

The Shocking Number Of Family Caregivers In America

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2013 | Fifty

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON, June 20 (Reuters) - Four in 10 U.S. adults are now caring for a sick or elderly family member as more ...

How To Find The Humor In Caregiving

Next Avenue | Posted 02.23.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Heller For caregivers, life is filled with gut-wrenching moments that are best treated with a healthy dose of h...

Mom, You're Hired! As My Cancer Caregiver Extraordinaire

Amanda Nixon | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Amanda Nixon

With November being National Family Caregiver Month, I am immediately reminded and in gratitude for all that my mom did to take care of me during my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

What Will Obama Do For Caregivers?

Next Avenue | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sherri Snelling In the next four years, the country's 65 million family caregivers must speak out for the policies t...

Being a Successful Caregiver: Getting the Support You Need

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 01.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Receiving the news that a loved has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related form of dementia is often life-changing. As our population ages, more and more of us are faced with the difficult reality that our loved ones are experiencing increased memory impairment.

Childhood Cancer: Can Your Marriage Survive It?

Leann Reynolds | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Leann Reynolds

When a family learns that one of their own has cancer, it can bring them together or tear them apart. This is even more of a challenge when it is a child who has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease that will at the very least interrupt this time of innocence in their young lives.

Turning Wheelchairs Into Hot-Rods

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Loreen Arbus has made it her mission to honor the work of the caregiver, 'the unsung heroines," whose kindness comes in all manners of form to help transform lives, yet who are still so severely unappreciated.

Caregiving During The Holidays: 6 Considerations For Families Of Alzheimer's Or Dementia Patients

Nataly Rubinstein | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nataly Rubinstein

Don't push yourself too far or beat yourself up for not living up to "how things used to be." If you remain positive and adaptable, this season can still be full of celebrations to cherish. Here are six things to keep in mind if visiting someone with Alzheimer's or dementia in the coming weeks.

Sustaining A Caregiver's Hope Through A Loved One’s Recovery From Traumatic Brain Injury

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

Some people criticize the decision made by Rep. Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, to return to work, but every family must decide for themselves the best way to heal.

5 Steps To Take After A Traumatic Diagnosis

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

The crisis that begins with a terminal or potentially terminal diagnosis like breast cancer indeed marks the first step down a long and winding road.

Letting Mom And Dad Live On Their Own Terms

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

Parents age, especially when we're not looking, and most especially when we live far away from them. All of a sudden, we may be witnessing our parents in steep decline, and it raises all kinds of questions.

An Unexpected Gift: The Beauty In Every Age

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Plummer

As I watch my Mom get weaker and older I know there is beauty in every age. It is an unexpected Christmas gift.

'Tis The Season To Celebrate The Joys Of Caregiving

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

When we think of family caregiving, the burdens and potential burnout associated with caring for someone on an often daily basis come to mind.

Caregivers Need The Gift Of Respites

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Family caregivers are truly heroic, but they are regular people with limits. Everyone needs and deserves breaks from stresses in their life.

Reclaiming Your Life Post-Caregiving

April Rudin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Rudin

Caregiving is an honorable commitment. Yet, it does a number on the professional life and in many cases derails it all together.