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Family Caregivers

In Defense of People Who Need Caregivers: Disability Should Not Erase Dignity

Emily Ladau | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

Parents of kids with disabilities have an immense presence on the Internet. Not a day goes by during which I don't come across stories from their perspectives, often sharing the experiences of caregiving for their children.

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.

Am I a Health Advocate?

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.28.2014 | 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.

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.

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.

The Myth Of Multitasking

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

The truth is, effective multitasking is an oxymoron. Research has shown that your brain can only process one activity at a time. But what the brain is extremely good at is rapidly switching from one task to another.

Caregivers for the Ill Need Care, Too

The Rev. Sue Wintz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
The Rev. Sue Wintz

Spiritual distress arises when a person finds it difficult to discern meaning, find comfort and draw upon a source of spiritual strength in order to cope more effectively. It speaks to what gives meaning, purpose, and comfort to a person's life.

Get Up and Go for Brain Fitness

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Enter the "brain fitness" industry. It's grown by leaps and bounds lately, but it didn't pop up by accident. In fact, the marketing formula was incredibly simple: Gigantic Population + Fear = a BIG business opportunity.

White Lies: When Fibbing Is... Therapeutic?

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 08.04.2013 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

When it comes to caring for your loved ones with Alzheimer's or dementia, honesty may not always be the best policy.

Assisted Living or Assisted Existing? Help Make the Difference!

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

If you are in the process of selecting an assisted-living facility, expand your investigation and really dig into the social programs being offered. Are they designed to truly add to a person's life? Are they stimulating and engaging? Or are they just given to pass the time of day?

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.

The Weight of the 'Wait'

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

As caregivers, there is nothing that we can do to influence the results. Yet waiting for the outcome can weigh so heavily on us. No doubt about it, the sheer weight of the situation equals stress, and potentially a lot of it.

You Can't Choose Your Family, But...

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

How do you take care of someone you may love but who you just don't like? It's nonsense for anyone to tell you to just block out the past and make today a fresh start. So let's take a look at several steps.

How To Turn Even The Crankiest Medical Personnel Into Buddies

Jane Heller | Posted 11.08.2012 | Fifty

Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You’re taking your loved one to the doctor. Or maybe you’re visiting him or her at the hospital or assis...

Is It Ever OK For A Caregiver To Cheat On A Sick Spouse?

Jane Heller | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty

In 2010, on the day my husband Michael was hospitalized for the fourth time in four months, I got an email from an old boyfriend. Talk about irony. Talk about timing. Talk about temptation.

The Gift of Caregiving

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

It is a great service to show up for someone and go with them through the last chapter of their lives. And though at the time, it feels as if your own life got lost somewhere, it eventually turns up again.

Family Caregivers: Choose to Be Happy

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 11.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Working with family caregivers, I see a wide range of attitudes and emotions that exist within this large community of very special people. What I find especially interesting is that some family caregivers, faced with similar responsibilities, are happier and have a more positive attitude.

Paying for Nursing Home Care with Medicaid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are somewhat complicated and will vary according to the state you live in. With that said, here's a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify, along with some resources you can turn to for help.

Putting the 'I' in Caregiving

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 10.02.2012 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

Family caregivers need to learn to put the "I" in caregiving -- and keep it there! As a family caregiver, it's so easy to put your needs on hold.

Alzheimer's Caregivers: Smart Ways to Decrease Your Distress

Marie Marley | Posted 09.09.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

One secret to reducing your emotional distress is to remain aware that your loved one probably lives only in the present.

Turning Wheelchairs Into Hot-Rods

Lori Sokol | Posted 06.04.2012 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Loreen Arbus has made it her mission to honor the work of the caregiver, 'the unsung heroines," whose kindness comes in all manners of form to help transform lives, yet who are still so severely unappreciated.

Caregiving: The Dance Between Guilt And Resentment

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lustbader

When an older family member needs help, many people struggle to find the time to provide assistance to their relative amidst the many other commitments crowding their lives. Often, it is hard to figure out just how much help is really necessary.

40 Steps to Making a Bed... And Other Lessons in Caregiving

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

A task so simple, mundane -- and essential -- as making a bed for someone who cannot do it themselves strikes me as a great lens through which to view caring for others.

Holiday Burnout

Leann Reynolds | Posted 02.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

The holidays can be a time of joy, togetherness, gratitude and renewed faith for many Americans. However, they can also be a busy time that creates longer to-do lists and increased stress and anxiety -- especially for family caregivers.

Caregiving During The Holidays: 6 Considerations For Families Of Alzheimer's Or Dementia Patients

Nataly Rubinstein | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nataly Rubinstein

Don't push yourself too far or beat yourself up for not living up to "how things used to be." If you remain positive and adaptable, this season can still be full of celebrations to cherish. Here are six things to keep in mind if visiting someone with Alzheimer's or dementia in the coming weeks.