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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...

Better Expectations

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 12.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Expectancy is a funny thing. It seems the more you focus on a specific outcome, the more attainable that outcome becomes. And nowhere is this mentality more important than it is with regards to improving the quality of life of family caregivers.

What A Caregiver Needs To Do In Order To Help Others

Ray Flynn | Posted 12.25.2014 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

When I returned to Boston from Rome, where I served as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican for almost five years, I was getting older and now had larger family obligations -- 17 grandchildren. But I still found the time and energy to do all the things I had and wanted to do.

What It's Like To Be A Caregiver On The Front Lines

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

He's waiting for my call. I can see him, crouched over on his bed, trying to rouse himself out of his stupor; hoping a call from me will do the trick, maybe give him some reason to wake up. I don't want to call.

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...

Could A Caregiver Corps Solve the Caregiving Shortage?

Hilary Young | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Aging in place has become an important part of aging in America. Whether due to the struggling economy, comfort or deeper personal reasons, people simply do not want to spend their later years in nursing homes or assisted living facilities; they prefer to grow old in their own homes, usually with the help of their grown children.

Caregiving for Mom

Mandy Cantor | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Mandy Cantor

Being a caregiver to my elderly mother has been very challenging for me. I didn't sign up for this job, it has evolved over a lengthy period of time. ...

Why More Americans Need to Talk About Death

Hilary Young | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

Whether due to changes in the economy or the fact that people are now living longer than ever before, there's no denying that the reality of growing older in America is expensive and most people are unprepared to take on the financial burden.

The Supreme Court Doesn't Care for Caregiving Workers

Annette Bernhardt | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Annette Bernhardt

The root of the problem is that because we don't value caregiving work, millions of home care workers earn poverty wages taking care of our loved ones.

Coping With Dementia or Alzheimer's at Home: A Checklist for Daily Rituals

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When someone suffers from Alzheimer's disease, there are a million potential obstacles that can turn simple daily rituals like this one into a real challenge for caregivers.

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.

National Nurses Week Spotlight: Finding Caregiver Balance at Work and at Home

Judy Santamaria | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

At the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York, home care nurses help educate family caregivers about the importance of self-care and finding personal balance in order to coordinate the best care for the patients they serve.