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Family Caregiving

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.

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.

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.

New Year's Resolution for Caregivers: Reclaim Your Life!

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

The new year is right around the corner. For caregivers, it brings an opportunity to reflect on caregiving so far and to set the stage for a newly fulfilling life -- an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of how your caregiving may turn out.

Tips to Ease Holiday Stress for Caregivers

Hilary Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Hilary Young

For many people, what may have once been their favorite time of year quickly becomes a dreaded event when weighed down with the added responsibility of caring for a loved one.

Why The Best Years Of My Life Were The Last Of My Parents' Lives

Peggie Walsh | Posted 12.25.2013 | Fifty
Peggie Walsh

I made a commitment. I told my husband I was going to make my parents a top priority in my life. He agreed. On my mom's 80th birthday in 1999, we physically moved my parents to a new home less than a mile from our house.

Step Up, Speak Out About Alzheimer's

Dr. Amy D'Aprix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Amy D'Aprix

Alzheimer's disease is not and should never be a personal problem. Not for those who have Alzheimer's or the people caring for them. Nor is it just a national problem for individual governments to manage.

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.

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.

Manage Anxiety While Caring For a Loved One

Hilary Young | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Hilary Young

For those of you out there who want to try to avoid using pharmaceuticals to manage your stress, here are some all-natural tips for getting back to a place of calm.

The Caregivers' Guide to Summer Travel

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Summer is upon us, and vacation is in the air. But the prospect can be daunting for someone limited by illness, disability or age, as well was for the 65.7 million family caregivers who help a loved one get through the day safely.

Summer is Here! Discover the Healing Power of Nature

Judy Santamaria | Posted 08.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Judy Santamaria

For many family caregivers getting personal "alone time" is a real challenge, but getting outside is an easy way to give yourself a bit of a break, even when time is limited.

A New Hub for Family Caregivers

Judy Santamaria | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Most people find it comforting to know that, as technology improves, more and more illnesses and conditions can be managed outside a hospital or nursing home setting, and that they can remain in their homes for a longer period of time.

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

Caring For the Family Caregiver

Judi Freedman | Posted 08.18.2013 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

During the past five years, after losing my spouse, selling my house and emptying out my nest, I've tried to make an extra effort to take better care of myself. It hasn't been easy but I've learned a thing or two along the way.

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.

Defeating Denial in Cancer Caregiving

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

Denial for a short period can help caregivers and patients to cope. Yet when prolonged denial begins to stand in the way of the patient's treatment, comfort, or well-being, it's no longer helpful to anyone.

What Two-Thirds Of Americans Are In Denial About

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD and JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty

WASHINGTON — We're in denial: Americans underestimate their chances of needing long-term care as they get older – and are taking few steps...

Caregiving Tips With a Humorous Twist From Bestselling Author Jane Heller

Stacey Gualandi | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Stacey Gualandi

Jane started out as a publicist representing authors. Now, 13 very humorous romance books later, she is an acclaimed writer herself. After reading her guide, I am amazed at how she has kept her sense of humor while being her husband's caregiver for many years.

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.

Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head

Sherri Snelling | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Snelling

As a caregiver, you use your heart to provide compassionate comfort and support to a loved one. Now use your head -- if you become ill or too exhausted to continue to care, what will become of your loved one and of you?

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.

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...

Why Living Between Two Slices Of Bread Was What I Expected

Mary Novaria | Posted 04.01.2013 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

I was furious about all of it -- my mother's incapacity, my daughter's teenage angst -- and the fact that I couldn't fix any of it. I am the oldest child, after all -- the hero, the one who tries to fix everything.

What To Do When Someone You Love Becomes Someone Else

Next Avenue | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Heller Caregivers learn firsthand that illness and medication can cause scary changes in their loved ones. Here...