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Family Caregiver

Repeat After Me: 'Hospice Means More Care, Not Less.'

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

It is a practical and tangible way to help people continue to live at home and in the community, to live life to its fullest with dignity and comfort, to live more connected to family, friends, and faith, to live more reflective on one's history and more intentionally about one's legacy.

Family Caregiving Isn't Easy: Emotional Management Tips

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

If you're already experiencing emotional struggles and feeling distressed, you should promptly seek help from a primary care or mental health professional. If things are generally going well and you want to prevent or reduce the impact of potential emotional challenges, here are some tips for coping:

The Big Campaign Issue That Has Yet to Pick Up Steam

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

We as a society need to go long on one especially critical issue that we seem to be in political and policy denial about -- the need for long-term services and federal policies which promote them.

5 Resolutions Family Caregivers Must Make -- And Keep

Laura Dixon | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

New Year's resolutions get a bad rap, and that's understandable, considering the high rate of failure. As a caregiver for a senior loved one, you may be tempted to forgo the resolutions this year. After all, why add more to your already substantial to-do list? But this isn't such a good idea.

Navigating the Holiday Season After a Loved One's Death

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Here are a few strategies that our counselors recommend for anyone looking for a little guidance in how to manage grief this holiday season:

Thankful for Caregivers

Jason Resendez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.

Alzheimer's in God's House: The Empty Pew

Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dale Susan Edmonds

A common locus of invisible need is found in the families struggling with Alzheimer's. One single person may have the disease, but the impact is felt by an entire family. And the ripples alter an entire faith community.

The Unfinished Business of Women and Work

Aspen Institute | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Aspen Institute

A recently released major study on women in the workplace shows that the gender gap continues to persist in corporate America, and for some heretofore unexplored reasons. Some of those nuances -- and many other gender issues -- were explored during a comprehensive discussion titled Women and Work at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.

10 Ways to Tell You Are a Member of the Sandwich Generation

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Lisa Ancona-Roach

Dealing with the challenges of caring for people at opposing ends of the life spectrum may or may not be the situation you are in... yet. But if you have kids and parents in your life, you just may need some examples to help you recognize what that will look like.

Absent Effective Treatments, Good Care Is the Best Medicine for Alzheimer's

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 09.25.2015 | New York
Lou-Ellen Barkan

For those of us who have cared for someone with Alzheimer's or a related dementia, we know that it's relentless, exhausting work. It's a job that that takes you away from sleep, from work and from the simple things in life that provide joy.

Harnessing Technology to Understand the Burdens of Caregiving

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.18.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

The ACP will outfit 12 families with body cameras that will transmit photos throughout the day showing how caregivers spend their time and focus their efforts.

When a Caregiver's Role Ends: What's Next?

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

The family caregiver role is one of the toughest ones a person can hold, both physically and emotionally. And when it ends, the sense of loss can be quite profound, particularly when he or she has been caring for a loved one for many, many years.

Caregiver Overwhelm: 7 Strategies to Lower Stress and Increase Resilience -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

It is now week seven for me as primary caregiver to my 82-year-old mother who has dementia and is nearly blind. It has been challenging, stressful and...

Preparing to Let Go -- Caring for Mom: Day 0 -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Tomorrow I will take over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory.

Memory Loss Sucks! Caring for Mom: Day 18 -- One Alzheimer's Caregiver's Experience

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Eighteen days ago I took over caring for my 82-year-old mother who is challenged by stiff, achy joints, severely limited vision and an unreliable memory. She's not always sure where she is, what year it is, or that the conversations on the TV aren't actually happening in reality.

AARP: Family Caregiving Surpasses Medicaid Spending By $21 Billion

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Anyone questioning the need to address America's mounting caregiver crisis need only look at AARP's most recently released study to understand its severity and magnitude.

A Look Into The 2015 White House Conference On Aging

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Discussing everything from retirement security and healthy aging to long-term services and elder justice, the conference also gave due consideration to caregiving issues and the importance of establishing support systems for the nation's 50 million professional caregivers.

In Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiving May Be Just As Trying As the Disease Itself

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 07.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

When most of us think of Alzheimer's disease, our first thought isn't usually of the quiet caregiver alongside the patient, devoting their time to helping someone living with the disease. But caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is often a full-time job, taking its toll on the caregiver.

America's Mounting Caregiver Crisis

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

As the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of our senior population, elder care concerns will impact more and more families. It's a global trend in dire need of solutions. While we are beginning to see positive steps, we still have a long way to go.

Keeping the Family Caregiver Emotionally Healthy

Rena McDaniel | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

There is nothing about Alzheimer's that is easy. Not for the person who has the disease, nor the person caring for them. Changes are happening sometimes at lightning speed and at other times seems to creep slowly forward like lava from a volcano. Swallowing everything in its path.

Have You Had the Alzheimer's Conversation?

Rena McDaniel | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

While I don't think that there is any way to prepare yourself for Alzheimer's Disease, I do think there are ways to get ahead of the game... just a little.

Alzheimer's Support Groups: Tips for Success

Jan Dougherty | Posted 06.16.2015 | Fifty
Jan Dougherty

Caregiving for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be tremendously discouraging and stressful.

Keeping the Summer Safe and Fun for Those With Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.12.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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."

Gender And Family Relationships Affect Caregiver Strain

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty

By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For both men and women, caring for a sick or disabled spouse or child is more stressful than carin...