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Family Caregiver

You have options and keeping your loved one at home, where they want to be, might be the best one.

Ellie Hollander | Posted 11.15.2016 | Impact
Ellie Hollander

Caregiving runs through my veins. I've cared for my mom, my sister and my dad, all through the last days of their lives. I know the stress, the agony,...

'I Thought I Was Prepared To Be My Mother's Healthcare Proxy But I Was Not'

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 09.21.2016 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I was uncomfortable about making this decision for her, even though her healthcare provider and I had met with her some months earlier to reaffirm her advance directives and to have her sign a new form that consolidated her directives.

Our Short-Sighted Approach To Alzheimer's Funding

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 08.19.2016 | Impact
Lou-Ellen Barkan

Today, with no prevention or cure in sight, the U.S. healthcare system is unprepared to withstand the extraordinary pressure of so many people ill with dementia and needing care. Make no mistake.

In Sickness And In Health: The Critical Role Of The Caregiver

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

I count my blessings that my husband's vow, in sickness and in health, has withstood the caregiver challenge he promised to me nearly forty-two years ago.

The Family Caregiver Bill Of Rights

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 06.27.2016 | Fifty
Liz O'Donnell

Caregiver, nowhere it is it written that your life, your health, your dreams and goals, come last. But so many caregivers feel this way. We feel selfish putting our needs first, or even having needs at all, when we are caring for a sick or aging family member.

Two Stories from the Frontlines of Millennial Caregiving

Jason Resendez | Posted 06.25.2016 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Alzheimer's and brain awareness month comes to close, I want to highlight two powerful stories connected by trends that deserve our attention: the ...

Sometimes I Hate My Mother -- But I Care For Her Anyway

Laura Dixon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

'I love my mother -- but sometimes I hate her, too.' Saying those words out loud -- or even to yourself in your head -- can be a painful acknowledgment that even late in life we can't always make our relationships with our parents work out the way we want them to.

What Matters Most To Seniors? Q&A With Shelley Lyford, CEO Of West Health

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

What matters most to seniors? In my work as a family physician and geriatrician, and especially as an administrative leader and CEO, I sometimes wonde...

What Matters Most to Seniors? Q&A With Shelley Lyford, CEO of West Health

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Steve Landers MD,MPH

What matters most to seniors? In my work as a physician and CEO I sometimes wonder how those of us in "the industry" can continually improve our focu...

Do You 'Fess Up Or Cover Up Your Fears Of Getting Dementia?

Vicki Tapia | Posted 06.20.2016 | Fifty
Vicki Tapia

It starts small. Misplaced keys that turn up in odd places. Forgotten appointments you're sure you didn't make, until someone points them out on your calendar. Other odd happenings disregarded, still niggling in the back of your mind.

Are the Elderly at Risk of the Zika Virus?

Laura Dixon | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

While most of the focus of the disease has been on how it's affecting pregnant women and infants, the elderly are also at risk, according to the CDC.

Caring for Our Wounded Warriors

Dave Singleton | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Dave Singleton

Military veterans who've suffered an injury have more than done their part. They've made enormous sacrifices. What can we do to make sure we honor the struggles they -- and their families -- face?

Honoring Our Parents: 10 Things the Next President Can Do to Help People Age 85 and Older and Their Families

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

The 2016 Presidential primaries are winding down, and the crucial national strategic issue of the growing population of people over age 85 hasn't yet received much attention.

Caregiving: Why We Have to Talk About It

Donna Richardson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Women
Donna Richardson

I was a caregiver for 13 years for one of the most important men in my life -- my father, Papa JR. Like many caregivers, I experienced the joy and the heartbreak of caring for a parent at the end of his life. It was an honor to care for him and it was a blessing to share daily life with him. But there were challenges, too.

Caring for the Caregiver

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

With Mother's Day approaching and May being Older Americans month, I started thinking about caregivers at the beginning and at the end of life, for those young and old.

5 Practical Ways To Beat Caregiver Stress

Laura Dixon | Posted 04.17.2017 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

When you're the main caregiver for a loved one, it's easy to become completely absorbed by all of your caregiving responsibilities. As your day moves along, you're so busy from one moment to the next that before you know it, the sun is setting and you never even stopped for lunch.

#TalkToMe: Grandmother and Granddaughter Share Memories -- And an Extra Foot Bone

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 04.06.2017 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

In the context of a long and full life, the best reward is spending time with my grandchildren. And it's not just freedom from responsibilities of diaper changes and homework and boyfriend trouble; it's the joy of sharing exactly these same things, knowing that the wisdom of a lifetime is valued.

Holy Screw-Up, Batman... This Could Happen to You!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 03.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Bear in mind: An educated family caregiver and patient are appreciated by the vast majority of physicians. You have every right to drive the process that keeps your loved one safe and healthy! Help yourself. Help others.

CaringKind - the heart of Alzheimer's caregiving

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 03.05.2017 | Impact
Lou-Ellen Barkan

In December 2015, the organization I lead (formerly known as the Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter) broke away from the National Alzheime...

Make Family Caregivers Matter More: Measure Them

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Early in my medical training a sage family physician, Jack Medalie, reminded us students that there's often a "hidden patient whose suffering goes unnoticed." Medalie was referring to family members who may be struggling as much or even more than the person that is being directly cared for by the doctor.

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

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.08.2017 | 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 01.19.2017 | 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 01.06.2017 | 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 01.07.2017 | 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 12.28.2016 | 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: