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Caregiver Tips

Learning How to Create Balance Through Life Challenges

Madinah N. James | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Madinah N. James

A caregiver's life is packed with grooming, doctor or therapy appointments, exercises and food preparation -- often all before noon. Here are seven practical ways to find some time during your day to look after yourself, as well as your loved one.

Only a Breath Away: Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Caregiver Stress

Judy Santamaria | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

We've all been given the advice "take a deep breath" when experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety, and while that usually does the trick, many o...

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 05.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Getting to know a person with memory loss enables us to discover their unmet need in order to know how to respond and is one of the keys to providing excellent memory care.

3 Things I Would Like Health Care Workers to Know About Hospice Caregiving

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

While caregivers may be extremely successful in other areas of their life, very little prepares them for the responsibility of caring for their loved one. Few caregivers have done this before. It is an emotional marathon.

10 Ways to Help Someone With Cancer

Stephanie Madsen | Posted 04.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Madsen

When someone around us gets diagnosed with cancer, it is often difficult to think of how to react and respond. Do we send a card, text, or email? Do we avoid, ignore, and disregard? Rather than asking the patient what you can do for them, be proactive.

Precautions and Care Tips for Alzheimer's Patients During Cold Weather

Eric J. Hall | Posted 03.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While most people face certain weather-related challenges during the winter when going about their everyday lives, for those with Alzheimer's disease, the complications can be even more severe.

'We Made This Family': End-of-Life Care in the LGBT Community

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 03.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The health care team's sensitivity to identity -- of individual and family -- can mean the difference between achieving a "good death," in which a person's wishes are followed to the end, and a death that is especially difficult, painful, prolonged or leaves a great deal of unresolved feelings in its wake.

'Tis the Season to Be Lonely: Tips for Connecting Over the Holidays

Marki Flannery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The holidays can be a particularly difficult time for older Americans living alone, especially if they are in poor health or without family or friends...

Helping Older Adults Cope With Lifestyle Changes

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

During the holidays, some families may notice changes in their senior loved one's cognitive or physical health, prompting them to consider that it may be time for them to move to a senior living community. When that time comes, some may take it for granted and assume it's a natural transition.

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.

Just Keep Breathing: Coping With the Loss of a Young Adult Child to Cancer

Pat Taylor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Pat Taylor

What I did to keep breathing is different from what someone else will choose to do. I think that is the key word: choose. We can either choose to follow our child into the grave or learn to live without them. Live or die? Cancer stole their young lives... will it steal yours, too?

Find Your Anchor: Alzheimer's Support Groups Are Empowering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

For any caregiver who has felt that they needed their anchor, and motivation, to push through challenging times, the following are five benefits of attending a support group.

Understanding Dementia: What to Expect With Sundowning

Eric J. Hall | Posted 10.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Sundowning is one of the many side effects of dementia that experts have yet to fully understand. However, many professionals believe that dementia may cause damage to the body's internal clock, which is why sundowning is so common.

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

The Benefits of Volunteering

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Rita Altman, R.N.

Volunteering not only provides us with the opportunity to get involved in a cause that we are passionate about, but also provides the chance to look beyond our own circumstances and appreciate what others are experiencing.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Try a Walk to Help Reduce Stress and Benefit Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 06.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Caregivers need to find ways to decrease their stress levels in order to remain physically healthy and maintain their emotional welfare. Getting outdoors and taking a walk every day can be a great way to reduce stress.

Why Your Loved One's Dementia Doesn't Have to Be a Death Sentence for You, Too

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Remember that as close as you may be to your spouse (or parent), his or her death sentence is not your death sentence. Protect yourself from undue stress by staying strong and remembering that you have a choice in how you choose to react to your loved one's illness.

Speak Up and Be Counted!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

While there's a fine line between being involved and being overbearing, it's necessary for you, as a family caregiver, to foster open lines of communication -- and this includes questioning decisions concerning your loved one's health.

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.

How To Find The Humor In Caregiving

Next Avenue | Posted 02.23.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Heller For caregivers, life is filled with gut-wrenching moments that are best treated with a healthy dose of h...

Valentine's Day: The Perfect Day to Show Your Love to Someone with Alzheimer's Disease

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 04.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

One of the most basic human needs is to feel loved, and Valentine's Day presents the perfect opportunity for caregivers to meet this need for someone with Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia.

Who Cares For The Caregiver?

Hollye Harrington Jacobs | Posted 04.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Hollye Harrington Jacobs

As a nurse-turned-patient, I can say with 150 percent confidence that being a caregiver involves some of the hardest work in the world. In fact, I can't overstate how difficult being a caregiver is. It is painstakingly difficult, physically, emotionally, socially, psychologically and, it must be said, financially.

13 Resources To Help Caregivers Reduce Stress During The Holidays

Huff/Post50 | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.21.2012 | Fifty

For Tory Zellick, the holiday season used to mean a table full of savory turkey, ham and stuffing, and a delighted mother who gladly prepared each dis...

The Truth About Caregiver Burnout, From Dr. Gail Saltz (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

Taking care of an elderly loved one can be taxing, especially when you're with them every minute of every day. Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz spoke about...

From Spouse to Caregiver: Understanding Your Loved One's Intimacy Needs and Memory Loss

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

One particular aspect that is often affected, but seldom openly discussed, is how memory impairment affects the sexual expression of a person with Alzheimer's disease or related form of memory loss.