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Family Caregiving

How To Build The 'Village' You Need As A Caregiver

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 10.09.2016 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

"I think with a lot of geriatric dementia patients, the caregiver is just as important as-- and sometimes even more important than-- the patient who is on your schedule," she says. "I don't know if I would have fully appreciated that without living it myself."

My Father's Long Goodbye

Karla Araujo | Posted 09.22.2016 | Fifty
Karla Araujo

My father's eyes are starting to flicker and soon he's breathing deeply again. The gurgle is from a lifetime of nicotine, the damage becoming obvious as he rounds the bend toward 90 years of age. He's asleep once more and I can only hope he's waltzing with Julie, or Audrey, or perhaps my mother.

The End of Caregiving

Marian L. Knapp | Posted 07.19.2016 | Fifty
Marian L. Knapp

This article was originally published on I sat down today and figured out that I was a caregiver of older loved-ones for varying...

What Its Like To Be A Caregiver

Kathi Koll | Posted 07.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Kathi Koll

The following is a Q&A with Suzanne A., a Southern California-based caregiver. Suzanne is a caregiver to her husband Gil, who suffered multiple stroke...

A Gift From Jack

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

This morning, I was sitting in the courtyard next to our home working on my computer. The weather was terrific, clear and breezy. I was focused on a d...

Are the Elderly at Risk of the Zika Virus?

Laura Dixon | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

While most of the focus of the disease has been on how it's affecting pregnant women and infants, the elderly are also at risk, according to the CDC.

Thanking Our Armed Forces When They Need It Most

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 06.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Psychologists agree that the straightest path to achieving happiness is through helping others in need and cultivating a spirit of gratitude. Reaching out to our special neighbors will be a wonderful gift for all involved.

Caring for Our Wounded Warriors

Dave Singleton | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact
Dave Singleton

Military veterans who've suffered an injury have more than done their part. They've made enormous sacrifices. What can we do to make sure we honor the struggles they -- and their families -- face?

Balancing the Checkbook, and Much More, For an Aging Parent

Michael A. Whitehouse | Posted 05.10.2016 | Fifty
Michael A. Whitehouse

Settling the affairs of a parent who recently has died presents a family with emotional and practical challenges. Primary among those is attending to the family finances.

Caring for the Caregiver

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

With Mother's Day approaching and May being Older Americans month, I started thinking about caregivers at the beginning and at the end of life, for those young and old.

Did You Feed the Dog?

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Beverly Booher

"I fed the dog, mom", I bantered, as I paced passed her into my office. Within a moment, I heard her bellow from her cushiony throne, "Did you feed the dog?" "Yes, mom, the dog's been fed!!"

Holy Screw-Up, Batman... This Could Happen to You!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Bear in mind: An educated family caregiver and patient are appreciated by the vast majority of physicians. You have every right to drive the process that keeps your loved one safe and healthy! Help yourself. Help others.

Make Family Caregivers Matter More: Measure Them

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 02.23.2017 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

Early in my medical training a sage family physician, Jack Medalie, reminded us students that there's often a "hidden patient whose suffering goes unnoticed." Medalie was referring to family members who may be struggling as much or even more than the person that is being directly cared for by the doctor.

Learning From Joan Lunden

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 02.22.2017 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

We all have our struggles, that's just part of being human. But how we handle what we're dealt is strictly up to us. I have always said that the great equalizer is between our ears...our choices, thoughts and responses. In many ways, we are our answer!

Family Caregiving Isn't Easy: Emotional Management Tips

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 01.19.2017 | 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 12.28.2016 | 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 11.24.2016 | 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 11.25.2016 | 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 11.06.2016 | 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 10.16.2016 | 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 10.04.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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 09.17.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | 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.