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Sherri Snelling, CEO and founder of the Caregiving Club and author of A Cast of Caregivers - Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, is a nationally recognized expert on America’s 65 million family caregivers with special emphasis on how to help caregivers balance self-care while caring for a loved one. Sherri is a caregiving contributor for the Huffington Post, PBS/Next Avenue, ThirdAge, Alzheimer’s Association, MORE,, wowOwow,, EmpowerHER and others. She is also creator of the Me Time Monday℠ weekly videos in support of the non-profit Healthy Mondays Campaign. Sherri was recently recognized as one of the Top 10 Influencers on Alzheimer’s by Sharecare, the online health and wellness experts site created by Dr. Mehmet Oz. She is the former Chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving, the leading caregiving advocacy non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.

Entries by Sherri Snelling

Caregiving Is A Small World After All

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 6:57 AM

I grew up in Southern California and this meant annual birthday trips to Disneyland. To this day it still ranks as one of my happiest places on earth. One of my favorite rides at the famed theme park is It's a Small World. Watching all the internationally dressed dolls dancing...

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Joan Lunden On Challenges, Grief and Caregiving

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 7:00 AM


By Sherri Snelling

When she stepped onto the stage at a recent AARP convention, Joan Lunden looked as sunny and radiant as she always has. Famous as the 17-year co-host on Good Morning America in...

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Why The Alzheimer's Epidemic Hits Women Hardest

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:21 AM


By Sherri Snelling

More than 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and a new report by the Alzheimer’s Association shows women are hit especially hard.

After age 60, women...

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Want To Live Longer? Author Says: Have More Sex And Smile

(2) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 6:33 AM


By Sherri Snelling

We boomers are living longer. In fact, one in every 25 will live to 100 and many of us will see age 85 — almost double the average lifespan expected in 1900....

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Mars Vs. Venus: Are The Sexes Different When Battling Caregiver Stress?

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Some believe it all started with a tennis match in the 1970s but the battle between the sexes has always existed -- it just gets updated for today's modern dilemmas: who gets paid more at work for the same job, who is a better driver, who controls the remote at...

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How To Manage The Sandwich Generation Juggling Act -- 8 Childish Things Caregivers Should Do

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2013 | 8:20 AM

A recent Pew Research report showed the Sandwich Generation -- those 24 million Americans squeezed between caring for children and aging parents simultaneously -- may be getting younger. Previous studies and research have identified a typical Sandwich Generation member as a baby boomer -- however Pew found while...

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Solving The Alzheimer's Mystery: Rizzoli & Isles Creator Is on the Case

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 6:52 AM

She is the perfect blend of the two characters she created in her best-selling crime novels: smart and exacting like Dr. Maura Isles, and tough and uncompromising like Detective Jane Rizzoli. Tess Gerritsen, the medically-trained author behind the top-rated "girl-buddy" crime drama, Rizzoli & Isles on TNT, is focused on...

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Let the Caregiving Movement Begin with the Caregiver Bill of Rights

(4) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 2:18 PM

Celebrating American Independence Day brings to mind how dependent we are on our nation's 65 million caregivers. Over the next 20+ years, the next civil rights issue we will face is a growing older population with more seniors needing care -- whether diagnosed with a disease, disorder or living with...

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Caring for Those Heroes With Invisible Wounds

(3) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:29 PM

When a wounded warrior returns home, friends and family gather around the hero with the missing leg, the paralyzed spine or the badly burned and scarred face. But for those veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), the wounds are invisible. As a society, we celebrate...

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Caregiving's Lost Generation: The Nation's Children

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:26 PM

When we think of the typical profile of a family caregiver, we think of a baby boomer woman in her early 50s caring for her 75-year-old mother. We don't picture a child of 8 years old or an awkward teenager, but as our society buckles under the increasing number of...

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8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America's Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers

(4) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 7:45 PM

As we officially commemorate National Volunteer Week, I am giving a shout out to those 65 million family caregivers nationwide -- most of them caring for someone over age 50 -- who essentially have volunteered to care for a loved one who is sick, getting older, or has a disorder...

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Creating Company Culture That Cares About Caregivers

(3) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 3:55 PM

"If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation."
-- Don Draper, AMC's "Mad Men"

As America tunes in for another season of TV's "Mad Men," I thought about the '60s and approaching '70s workplace changes being played out in the series over the last five seasons: women...

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An Essential Caregiver Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 4:11 PM

In the classic children's story from the Brothers Grimm, a beautiful princess sleeps her way to an enchanting life with a handsome prince. If it were only that easy. For many of the nation's 65 million family caregivers, sleep is an elusive luxury and a true fairy tale. In fact,...

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Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 1:26 PM

I recently attended an event for The Judy Fund, a Los Angeles-based group created by Elizabeth Gelfand-Stearns who lost both her grandmother and her mother, Judy (the fund's namesake), to Alzheimer's disease. Her heartfelt passion is finding a cure for the disease that took her loved ones. To date, the...

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Caregiver RX For Stress -- 3 Steps To Me Time Monday

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 12:46 PM

Stress seems to be a constant companion for many of us these days but if you are one of the nation's 65 million caregivers -- those caring for an older parent, an ill spouse or a child with special needs -- your stress levels can be off the charts. We...

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Caregiving Goes To The Oscars

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 6:12 PM

As more than 1 billion viewers gear up to watch the annual Academy Awards this Sunday, it struck me that we have two Oscar Best Picture contenders and one movie overlooked by the Academy but chock-full of Oscar gold players and a first-time director which represent some of the most...

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