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Family Caregiving Isn't Easy: Emotional Management Tips

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.22.2016 | 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:

Navigating the Holiday Season After a Loved One's Death

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 12.28.2015 | 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:

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 ...

What Other Countries Can Teach America About Caregiving

Sherri Snelling | Posted 11.25.2015 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

Many of the great tips, inspirations and empowering stories about caregiving come from lands far and away. Since most caregivers do not typically get a chance to take vacations -- especially to exotic international locales -- I thought I would share my caregiving global tour.

What Wrinkles Have To Do With Dementia

Mary McDaniel Cail | Posted 11.06.2015 | Fifty
Mary McDaniel Cail

As a culture we seem overly concerned, at least the baby boomers among us, with wrinkle prevention. We have the soft approach: creams, scrubs and lotions. We have the serious stuff: lasers, botox, fillers, surgery and some ominous sounding choices.


Jane Marks | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Jane Marks

This morning, my mother shed tears and said she wanted to go back to her home. But in this place, where she now resides, wounds have healed; medicines are given properly and in a timely manner; equipment she needs is ready at hand; and the extra human hands we need are nearby as well.

A Gift For My Future Caregivers

Jane Marks | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Jane Marks

Once again, I was feeling tense with a knot in my stomach. I was preparing to leave town to speak at a conference. I was doing my utmost to ensure my mother had everything she might need.

The 5 Most Unexpected Challenges Of Caregiving

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

Every single one of us -- because we are alive and we are human -- runs the risk that at some point in our lives something will happen to us, making it impossible for us to take care of ourselves. This something can be any one in a long list of disabling events.

4 Myths That Make The Burden Of Caregiving Even Worse

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

In the middle of August, I woke up in a cold sweat, anxious about my many pre-vacation obligations, checked my email and found this message from another mom, 'Fighting the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.'

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.

When a Caregiver's Role Ends: What's Next?

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

The family caregiver role is one of the toughest ones a person can hold, both physically and emotionally. And when it ends, the sense of loss can be quite profound, particularly when he or she has been caring for a loved one for many, many years.

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.

Keeping the Family Caregiver Physically Healthy

Rena McDaniel | Posted 07.13.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

The physical toll of Alzheimer's can be quite high if you are not prepared for it. Being a caregiver is both a physical and emotionally challenging role. Keeping yourself healthy is one of the best things you can do for you and your loved one.

What Comes After the Alzheimer's Conversation

Rena McDaniel | Posted 07.10.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

This is what to do after you have had that all important conversation with your loved one. Once a primary caregiver has been named then it is time to start getting things in order. If that primary caregiver is you then here is a list of things you will need to know immediately.

Use the Good Dishes!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

As a young kid, I could've cared less if I was eating off fine china, ceramic dishes or even paper plates. But even as a child, I couldn't understand why, if our special china dishes gave my mom such joy, she only used them occasionally.

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 ...

Coping With Caregiver Grief and Alzheimer's Disease

Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Fifty
Kenneth J. Doka, M.Div., Ph.D.

Grief and loss often accompany the journeys of caregivers, sometimes for years in the case of Alzheimer's or related dementia. Family caregivers experience losses not only of the person they love, but losses of their own familiar roles and dreams for the future.

10 Emotions, One Day: The Life of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Rena McDaniel | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I can't help feeling angry sometimes, no matter how much I try to fend it off. What has my life come to? Why can't things just be a little easier? Why is she so mean sometimes? Why did my mother get this horrible disease in the first place?

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.

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.

Did I Ever Have a Choice?

Rena McDaniel | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Rena McDaniel

I get asked a lot of questions about Alzheimer's Disease and caregiving. I love to answer questions, although, I am definitely learning by trial and error and error and error! I am not an expert by any means. I am just trying to get through this one day at a time and to trying to give my mother everything she needs, just like she did for me every day of my life.

What Life Is Like With A Husband Who Suffers From Parkinson's Disease

Frédérique Lanneau | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Frédérique Lanneau

When it comes to Parkinson's disease, the body is the main focus. It slows down, changes, becomes clumsy and deformed, sweats, tires out quickly, and it no longer obeys its owner when it comes to tremors or dyskinesia...

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.

11 Inspiring Quotes To Nurture Exhausted Caregivers

Next Avenue | Laine Bergeson | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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...

Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling | Posted 01.06.2015 | 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...