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Family Caregiver

Why We Must Support Caregivers

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2014 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Imagine your day goes something like this: You get up, get dressed, cook breakfast, make bag lunches for the kids, drop the kids off at school, rush...

Let's Celebrate Great Frontline Caregivers

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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.

Am I a Health Advocate?

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 02.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

An advocate is defined as, "One that supports or promotes the interests of another." Given this definition, as a family caregiver, you are the ultimate health advocate, because you are constantly supporting the health interests of your loved one.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

Global Dementia Research: New Treatments on the Horizon

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

These international and national initiatives indicate strong momentum with scientists making progress in the fight to end Alzheimer's. Promising research is underway in the following areas, which gives us hope that new treatments may be on the horizon.

Bridging the Generation Gap in Family Caregiving

Judy Santamaria | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

At home, positive interaction between grandparents and grandchildren is possible, providing benefits for both and easing some of the burdens commonly faced by family caregivers. Here's a seven-step plan for bridging the generation gap for family caregivers.

10 Things Caregiving Taught Me in 2013

Nick Norton | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nick Norton

Hopefully these 10 things I learned from caregiving can help you be more prepared to enter 2014. The sorrow I've seen being around Alzheimer's really has shown me how interconnected we all are.

The Myth of the Caregiver Superhero

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

When you're in the throes of family caregiving and experiencing personal disappointment because you're not living up to your own superhero expectations, remember: We are all flawed when it come to family caregiving.

Reflections on My Role As a Caregiver

Judi Freedman | Posted 02.17.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

As I start to reflect on the previous 11 months, I've been thinking about how my role as a caregiver has changed this year and how it has changed even more during the past several years.

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.

For All That You Do: Giving Thanks to the Caregivers

Judi Freedman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

I know how difficult it is to balance life while caregiving. My sister N and I were caregivers to my mom until she passed away last March at the age of 91. Up until the end of her life, we agonized over multiple decisions we had to make regarding her caregiving.

Why You Should Be Your Own Caregiver

meQuilibrium | Posted 01.24.2014 | Healthy Living
meQuilibrium

November is National Caregiver's Month, and it's an excellent time to take care of your own health so that you can tend to the people depending on you. Here are five ways to get started.

Heal Alzheimer's Disease With Art

Michael Samuels, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael Samuels, M.D.

Anyone can use the healing power of art to reach a loved one living with Alzheimer's disease. The results can be astonishing.

Why I Thanked a Caregiver

Amy Goyer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Amy Goyer

My mother passed away just last month, and once again, Linda has been there. She has been a vital source of strength for me and for our father, who suffers from dementia and requires constant attention. I am so grateful to Linda.

The Policy Challenges Of Long-Term Caregiving

A. Barry Rand | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
A. Barry Rand

As the primary caregiver for my father during the last eight years of his life, I know only too well the personal challenges and rewards caregivers and their families experience. But when we realize that in 2009, 62 million family caregivers provided over $450 billion in care, we see that the personal challenges of caregiving also have significant public policy implications.

Caregivers Live Longer

Judy Santamaria | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Reach out to other caregivers in your situation, and look for opportunities to give and get support. Recognizing that the work you do is important and that you're not alone in your situation will help you reap the most positive benefits from your caregiving.

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.

Who Cares About ALS?

Randy Pipkin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

As Mark and I have gone through this journey and experienced a literal parade of personalities walk into our lives, we have come to realize that no one will ever be perfect. We also know our lives are changed forever and this is the new normal. Plain and simple, caregivers are part of our life now.

How To Confront A 21st Century Epidemic

Paul Hogan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Paul Hogan

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be a sad, lonely and often frustrating struggle. It could be Mom or Dad, or a grandparent or beloved uncle, who begins to lose his or her grip on the world. They may speak and act strangely, forget familiar names and people, wander or get lost, regress to their childhood, or withdraw fully into themselves.

How to Get Paid for Being a Family Caregiver

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

To get paid as a family caregiver, there are various government programs, tax breaks and family payment options that may be able to help you, depending on your mom's financial situation. Here's where to look for help.

The Caregiver's Challenge of Intimacy

Judy Santamaria | Posted 10.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

Many couples in the throes of caregiving find great solace in tender gestures, such as kissing, hand-holding, hugging, and looking into each other's eyes. Emotional support can be further extended simply by being polite and sensitive to each other's needs.

What Caregivers Can Do To Relax And De-Stress

HeartMath LLC | Posted 10.17.2013 | Healthy Living
HeartMath LLC

Caregiving is never an easy undertaking, but if you thoughtfully and heartfully manage the stress that can come with it -- or in making decisions around it -- you can actually enjoy the honor that it is to help that special someone who needs you now more than ever.

When a Loved One Is Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

Judy Santamaria | Posted 09.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

It's important to remember that since Parkinson's disease typically progresses slowly, family caregivers have time to learn about the disease, and prepare for the future.

Addressing Capacity Assessment

Mark Lachs, M.D. | Posted 09.07.2013 | New York
Mark Lachs, M.D.

The fastest growing segment of the American population is adults over the age of 85, and when you carefully test that population you can detect some degree of cognitive impairment in 40 to 50 percent of them. That's not synonymous with loss of decision-making ability, but it places our older loved ones at greater risk!