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Family Caregiver

Self-Care for the Family Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

With already too many things on our plates, caregivers often sacrifice their own needs to devote their time to caregiving. Reading a good book, exercising at the gym, preparing a nutritious meal, meeting an old friend for coffee... these are the events that become expendable in the face of care.

The Job Nobody Sees Coming

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

Caregiving is a worthy endeavor. There is no greater joy than to serve another. Even if it involves taking care of one from a not-so-great past relationship. All families have issues. This is an opportunity to forgive and make it right.

Yagana Shah

Caregivers Reveal What It's Really Like To Look After Multiple Friends And Family

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.18.2014 | Fifty

This is the final installment of a three-part series entitled Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving. In honor of National Family Caregivers M...

6 Ways Siblings Can Pull Together For Mom And Dad

Next Avenue | Sue Campbell | Posted 11.12.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Sue Campbell My friend Mary’s mother died in July, and last week over dinner I asked her how she was doing. “I...

11 Inspiring Quotes To Nurture Exhausted Caregivers

Next Avenue | Laine Bergeson | Posted 11.03.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Laine Bergeson Caregivers give and give, but who comforts them in return? To help them avoid depletion, exhaustion a...

National Family Caregivers Month: Your Alzheimer's Caregiving Questions Answered

Jan Dougherty | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jan Dougherty

I encourage all caregivers to remember that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to providing care. Accept that you will make mistakes. Control what you can control and let go of the rest. You didn't ask for this situation, but you are here and stepping up to care for your loved one. That is an amazing undertaking!

Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling | Posted 11.17.2014 | 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...

Better Expectations

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Expectancy is a funny thing. It seems the more you focus on a specific outcome, the more attainable that outcome becomes. And nowhere is this mentality more important than it is with regards to improving the quality of life of family caregivers.

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.

What Every Caregiver Needs To Know About The Healthcare System

Laurie Levy | Posted 10.26.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm a senior trying to care for an even more senior parent. There are lots of us. We are grandparents who are struggling through our "golden years," some of us still working far beyond age 65. Many of us are trying to be good "children" for our parents at the same time we are trying to be present in the lives of our grandkids. It's a tough, multi-generational balancing act.

Why More Americans Need to Talk About Death

Hilary Young | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.

The Talk We -- and Doctors -- May Owe Our Parents

Kate Jones | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Kate Jones

Americans should be carrying out The Talk with increasing frequency. After all, we're living longer, chronic illness is on the upswing, and the demand for long-term care is growing fast.

National Nurses Week Spotlight: Finding Caregiver Balance at Work and at Home

Judy Santamaria | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

At the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, home care nurses help educate family caregivers about the importance of self-care and finding personal balance in order to coordinate the best care for the patients they serve.

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...

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.

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.

Am I a Health Advocate?

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

An advocate is defined as, "One that supports or promotes the interests of another." Given this definition, as a family caregiver, you are the ultimate health advocate, because you are constantly supporting the health interests of your loved one.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

Global Dementia Research: New Treatments on the Horizon

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

These international and national initiatives indicate strong momentum with scientists making progress in the fight to end Alzheimer's. Promising research is underway in the following areas, which gives us hope that new treatments may be on the horizon.

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.

10 Things Caregiving Taught Me in 2013

Nick Norton | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Norton

Hopefully these 10 things I learned from caregiving can help you be more prepared to enter 2014. The sorrow I've seen being around Alzheimer's really has shown me how interconnected we all are.

The Myth of the Caregiver Superhero

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

When you're in the throes of family caregiving and experiencing personal disappointment because you're not living up to your own superhero expectations, remember: We are all flawed when it come to family caregiving.

Reflections on My Role As a Caregiver

Judi Freedman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

As I start to reflect on the previous 11 months, I've been thinking about how my role as a caregiver has changed this year and how it has changed even more during the past several years.

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.

For All That You Do: Giving Thanks to the Caregivers

Judi Freedman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

I know how difficult it is to balance life while caregiving. My sister N and I were caregivers to my mom until she passed away last March at the age of 91. Up until the end of her life, we agonized over multiple decisions we had to make regarding her caregiving.