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Family Caregiver

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...

A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Liz O'Donnell

It's normal to look at other middle-aged daughters who accompany their parents to the doctor's office and wonder how they could let themselves go. It's normal to look in the bathroom mirror and realize you have let yourself go.

80 Minutes That Can Brighten Your Life

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 05.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

I have always been a proponent of periodic journaling as a tool to help reduce stress: "personal" journals, "gratitude" journals, "why I can't make a ...

Top 10 Scariest Facts About the Home Care Industry

Kyle Hill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Kyle Hill

Today almost half (47 percent) of seniors aged 75+ live alone. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases. Loneliness contributes to cognitive decline, risk of dementia, arthritis, impaired mobility and depression.

Tips for When a Friend or Relative Has Dementia

Alana Rosenstein | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Alana Rosenstein

In over a decade of working with people living with Alzheimer's disease and related forms of dementia and their caregivers, I have learned much from these remarkable individuals. I have found the following 10 tips to be helpful for family and friends when someone they know has dementia.

How To Deal With Aging Parents When You Live Abroad

Ana McGinley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

Every year the number of people embarking on exciting expat assignments increases. For many expats this excitement is dampened by the loss of family we leave behind. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it is difficult to deny the poignancy of saying goodbye to aging parents.

Brushes With Cancer

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Kristin Meekhof

Jenna Benn Shersher is an unstoppable force of nature. In 2010, she was just 29 when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer- grey zone lymphoma. During medical treatment, Benn Shersher was determined not to throw herself a pity party and instead threw herself a dance party of sorts.

Tips for Staying Healthy While Being a Caregiver for Someone Else

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

One of the most difficult aspects of being a caregiver for another person is finding time to take care of your own needs. Caregiving is an unpredictable, chaotic and continuous task so it can feel impossible to create a schedule that includes time for self-nurturing and rest.

10 Things To Consider When Hiring A Nanny

Posted 03.13.2015 | Dr. Phil

In early 2014, former live-in nanny Diane Stretton made headlines when she refused to move out of her former employer, Marcella Bracamonte’s, home. ...

The 'In' and 'On' of Family Caregiving

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

A saying I often repeat is, "If you don't know where you're going, you'll never know when you get there." So here are my ABCs to help you find and implement a family caregiver path that works for you.