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Family Caregiver

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.

The Secret Life of a Teenage Caregiver

Michelle Hanson | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hanson

I hated the anger I felt towards him, hated the way I treated him in his moments of weakness. I hated the doctors that gave him the opiates that eventually took over his life, and I hated the disease that robbed me of the father that had taught me to play baseball and make the best ice cream sundaes in the world.

Self-Care for the Family Caregiver

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 01.19.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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...