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Family Caregivers

The Positive Power of Active Listening

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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?

The Perfect Three-Step Plan For Stressed Caregivers

Sherri Snelling | Posted 04.27.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Since Me Time is not about achieving a goal, it needs to become a lifestyle staple - something you work into your busy life and the Monday concept gives you 52 chances during the year to find your Me Time.

The Weight of the 'Wait'

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

As caregivers, there is nothing that we can do to influence the results. Yet waiting for the outcome can weigh so heavily on us. No doubt about it, the sheer weight of the situation equals stress, and potentially a lot of it.

You Can't Choose Your Family, But...

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

How do you take care of someone you may love but who you just don't like? It's nonsense for anyone to tell you to just block out the past and make today a fresh start. So let's take a look at several steps.

How To Turn Even The Crankiest Medical Personnel Into Buddies

Jane Heller | Posted 11.08.2012 | Fifty

Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You’re taking your loved one to the doctor. Or maybe you’re visiting him or her at the hospital or assis...

Is It Ever OK For A Caregiver To Cheat On A Sick Spouse?

Jane Heller | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty

In 2010, on the day my husband Michael was hospitalized for the fourth time in four months, I got an email from an old boyfriend. Talk about irony. Talk about timing. Talk about temptation.

The Gift of Caregiving

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

It is a great service to show up for someone and go with them through the last chapter of their lives. And though at the time, it feels as if your own life got lost somewhere, it eventually turns up again.

Family Caregivers: Choose to Be Happy

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Working with family caregivers, I see a wide range of attitudes and emotions that exist within this large community of very special people. What I find especially interesting is that some family caregivers, faced with similar responsibilities, are happier and have a more positive attitude.

Paying for Nursing Home Care with Medicaid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are somewhat complicated and will vary according to the state you live in. With that said, here's a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify, along with some resources you can turn to for help.

Putting the 'I' in Caregiving

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 10.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Family caregivers need to learn to put the "I" in caregiving -- and keep it there! As a family caregiver, it's so easy to put your needs on hold.