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The Unspoken Side Of Caregiving

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

With the growing number of Americans reaching the age where illness becomes more prevalent, much attention has been focused lately on the important ro...

What Its Like To Be A Caregiver

Kathi Koll | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathi Koll

The following is a Q&A with Suzanne A., a Southern California-based caregiver. Suzanne is a caregiver to her husband Gil, who suffered multiple stroke...

The Discrimination Caregivers Can Face In The Workforce

Anthony Cirillo | Posted 02.19.2017 | Fifty
Anthony Cirillo

Call it the elephant in the closet. Family caregivers in the workforce. Six in 10 caregivers are employed while caring for a loved one. Among them, 56 percent work full time.

How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent With Video Monitoring

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.11.2017 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are lots of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it's OK with your mom first. Many seniors find this type of "I'm watching you" technology to be an invasion of privacy, while others don't mind and even welcome the idea. With that said, here are some top monitoring devices for keeping tabs on your mom.

Observations From Below: Teach a Man to Fish

Bryan Dooley | Posted 12.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

People with disabilities want to be seen as human beings with likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and most importantly, individual goals and dreams. They want to have choice.

What Other Countries Can Teach America About Caregiving

Sherri Snelling | Posted 11.25.2016 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Many of the great tips, inspirations and empowering stories about caregiving come from lands far and away. Since most caregivers do not typically get a chance to take vacations -- especially to exotic international locales -- I thought I would share my caregiving global tour.

The Challenge of Telling a Parent They Need a Caregiver

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 10.28.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

In the passage of parenthood there are two conversations that are invariably the most challenging and difficult. One is having the first discussion with an adolescent child about the "birds and the bees." The other is convincing a parent they need a caregiver to safely remain in their homes.

The 5 Most Unexpected Challenges Of Caregiving

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.30.2016 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

Every single one of us -- because we are alive and we are human -- runs the risk that at some point in our lives something will happen to us, making it impossible for us to take care of ourselves. This something can be any one in a long list of disabling events.

4 Myths That Make The Burden Of Caregiving Even Worse

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.22.2016 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

In the middle of August, I woke up in a cold sweat, anxious about my many pre-vacation obligations, checked my email and found this message from another mom, 'Fighting the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.'

Managing Financial Turmoil in the Face of Alzheimer's Disease

Jan Dougherty | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Financial turmoil and Alzheimer's disease are inextricably connected. The mishandling of finances can be one of the first signs of cognitive impairment, and can have a monumental impact on people with Alzheimer's that must be addressed early on.

Keeping the Summer Safe and Fun for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

With the unofficial start of summer underway, many of us are eagerly anticipating all that this fun-filled season has to offer. There are so many thin...

How to Tell When a Household Member Is Impeding Your Loved One's Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."

5 Game-Changing Tech Tools For Caregivers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty

Many mid-lifers are the caregivers for elderly relatives who are struggling to stay independent. While nothing will likely ever replace driving over t...

Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty

We are the nation's caregivers. We have stepped up to the challenge of caring for our aging relatives and loved ones -- providing services that, if pa...

What It's Like To Be A Caregiver On The Front Lines

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

He's waiting for my call. I can see him, crouched over on his bed, trying to rouse himself out of his stupor; hoping a call from me will do the trick, maybe give him some reason to wake up. I don't want to call.

5 Tips to Communicate With a Loved One Experiencing Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Kate, a 45-year-old working mother of three, has been providing care for her mother, Mary, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago. W...

Is Innovation in Memory Care Overrated?

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

As the world continues to search for that magic bullet, one approach that will never be out of style is to take a person-centered approach with the person who has to navigate the world of memory loss.

Why We Must Support Caregivers

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Imagine your day goes something like this: You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush...

3 Things I Would Like Health Care Workers to Know About Hospice Caregiving

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While caregivers may be extremely successful in other areas of their life, very little prepares them for the responsibility of caring for their loved one. Few caregivers have done this before. It is an emotional marathon.

Bridging the Generation Gap in Family Caregiving

Judy Santamaria | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

At home, positive interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is possible, providing benefits for both and easing some of the burdens commonly faced by family caregivers. Here's a seven-step plan for bridging the generation gap for family caregivers.

Helping Older Adults Cope With Lifestyle Changes

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

During the holidays, some families may notice changes in their senior loved one's cognitive or physical health, prompting them to consider that it may be time for them to move to a senior living community. When that time comes, some may take it for granted and assume it's a natural transition.

Caregivers Live Longer

Judy Santamaria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Reach out to other caregivers in your situation, and look for opportunities to give and get support. Recognizing that the work you do is important and that you're not alone in your situation will help you reap the most positive benefits from your caregiving.

7 Lessons Learned After Mom Fell

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Sometimes the very ground you walk on can feel pretty shaky when your stable life is marred by a fall.

3 Tips for Taking Care of Both Your Loved Ones and Yourself

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Sometimes, in menopause, hormones aren't the problem at all. Sometimes, the real issue is the role we play in our own lives and families--and for increasingly more perimenopausal and menopausal women, that role is sandwiched between two slices of responsibility.

Find Your Anchor: Alzheimer's Support Groups Are Empowering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.