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Family Caregivers

One Can Help Many

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Every November we acknowledge the special services our nation's 43 million family caregivers contribute to their loved ones and our country. Family ...

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.

A 6-Year-Old's Guide to Leading a Happier Life

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 09.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Victor Imbimbo

Out of the mouth of babes the saying goes, and I have never seen a more profound example of this than through a recent segment on CBS's Sunday Morning...

How do We Take Aging Issues Out of the Closet?

Carol Marak | Posted 07.17.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Do you believe we need to address the general public's misconceptions of aging? They are real, and the challenge of swaying the majority in favor of it should be our priority.

Training For Family Caregivers Is A New Focus In Some States

Stateline | Susan Milligan | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

THIS Is Why So Many Boomers Are Delaying Retirement

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 06.11.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

If you're a boomer who feels as if you're stuck at the threshold of retirement but can't quite cross it, welcome to the Threshold Generation. Why are so many boomers delaying their retirement? Here are clues to the answer.

Combating Caregiver Isolation: Respect, Recognition and Reciprocity

Kim Samuel | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kim Samuel

I learned that, paradoxically, caring for someone you love can be an intensely lonely road; simultaneously a time of near constant togetherness and a time of profound isolation. And I believe this isolation can be as devastating to the caregiver as any affliction is to the person being cared for.

Does Your Child Care Provider Have at Least a High School Diploma?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 05.20.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

The science is clear; Children begin learning from birth, developing their vision, hearing, language, and cognitive functions very fast in the early years of life and especially in the first year (as seen below).

What It Takes To Age Well

Stacey Gordon | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

As a member of her team, I helped Ethel live the rest of her life in the way she had envisioned for herself and detailed in her Life Plan.

The Positive Power of Active Listening

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

We all have important conversations ahead of us. But by practicing active listening we can help ensure that everyone walks away feeling truly heard and therefore appreciated.

How Medicare Covers In-Home Care

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Medicare covers a wide variety of intermittent in-home health care services (usually up to 28 hours per week) to beneficiaries if you meet their specific requirements. Here's how it works.

Count Your Lucky Stars

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

In my opinion, being happy is not easy or hard and shouldn't be viewed with a pass/fail mindset. It's an emotional state that you can develop and incorporate into your daily life... but it doesn't just happen.

Taking Charge of You

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 02.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

As a family caregiver you may not always control the circumstances that come your way, but you can fully control their meaning to you and the way you react to them. And remember, if the weather looks a little threatening don't spend your precious time worrying about finding a way to change it.

10 Things I Learned From Caring For My Mother During The Final Days Of Her Life

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

As my mom lie naked from the waist down, I lifted up her legs like a toddler, while my sister slid a pad under her hips. I got a diaper out of the package left by the hospice nurse, and placed it on my mom. Never having children, this was foreign to me.

Rita Wilson: We Are Seeking Stories Of Inspiring Caregivers

The Huffington Post | Rita Wilson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Fifty

Dear Readers, When we launched Huff/Post 50 in 2011, we made clear our generation was not ready to "go gentle into that good night." Our belief is th...

In Defense of People Who Need Caregivers: Disability Should Not Erase Dignity

Emily Ladau | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

Parents of kids with disabilities have an immense presence on the Internet. Not a day goes by during which I don't come across stories from their perspectives, often sharing the experiences of caregiving for their children.

Timeout or Burnout

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

When I speak with family caregivers, especially in support groups, they often equate burnout with failure. Never mind the ramifications that burning out can have on a caregiver's health and well-being.

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.

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.

Alzheimer's Disease Is Devastating to the Entire Family

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Neale Godfrey

If you don't have a family member who has been stricken with Alzheimer's disease, the odds are good that you know someone or some family that has been.

The Myth Of Multitasking

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

The truth is, effective multitasking is an oxymoron. Research has shown that your brain can only process one activity at a time. But what the brain is extremely good at is rapidly switching from one task to another.

Caregivers for the Ill Need Care, Too

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

Spiritual distress arises when a person finds it difficult to discern meaning, find comfort and draw upon a source of spiritual strength in order to cope more effectively. It speaks to what gives meaning, purpose, and comfort to a person's life.

Get Up and Go for Brain Fitness

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Enter the "brain fitness" industry. It's grown by leaps and bounds lately, but it didn't pop up by accident. In fact, the marketing formula was incredibly simple: Gigantic Population + Fear = a BIG business opportunity.

White Lies: When Fibbing Is... Therapeutic?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, honesty may not always be the best policy.

Assisted Living or Assisted Existing? Help Make the Difference!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

If you are in the process of selecting an assisted-living facility, expand your investigation and really dig into the social programs being offered. Are they designed to truly add to a person's life? Are they stimulating and engaging? Or are they just given to pass the time of day?