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National Family Caregivers Month

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.

November Is National Family Caregivers Month: The Personal Is Political

Janet Mason | Posted 01.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Janet Mason

The Obama administration has declared that November is National Family Caregivers Month. The proclamation declares that family member, friends and neighbors dedicate countless hours providing care to their relatives and loved ones.

How My Mom Went From 'Failure To Thrive' To 'Ready To Launch'

Judi Freedman | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

"What are you going to do about your mother?" said the social worker at the rehab center. "You know she cannot live alone anymore." My mom was 89 years old and had gone to rehab after a fall and an all-night stay in the bathroom due to her lack of strength and inability to get up.

How To Survive Living In Caregiverville

Jane Heller | Posted 01.13.2013 | Fifty
Jane Heller

Over 20 years, my husband required dozens of surgeries. I started taking notes about Caregiverville because, as Nora Ephron famously said, 'everything is material; someday you will think this is funny.' Not that being a caregiver is a laugh riot. But when there are moments of levity, you either seize them or go mad.

The Invisible Constituency: Who Campaigns for Caregivers?

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheila Moeschen

The persistent invisibility of caregivers and the lack of attention paid to their fiscal, emotional, and medical needs are not just political issues, they are women's issues.

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.

Open Letter: Saving Medicare Is About Being Super

Laphonza Butler | Posted 01.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Laphonza Butler

What is the human cost to what you may be proposing? How does your decision help to promote job creation; hold true to valuing our seniors and disabled; move us closer to our goal of a healthier society?

Sami Peterson: National Family Caregiver of the Year!

Suzanne Mintz | Posted 12.28.2011 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Mintz

Sami Peterson is like most of the family caregivers I've had the privilege of meeting over the years -- hard working, resourceful, optimistic and exhausted.

Discussing Long-Term Family Care During Thanksgiving

April Rudin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Rudin

I feel compelled to alert others to the tsunami of caregiving that will occur as the burgeoning population ages, and this wave will continue for many years to come.

Christmas Light Can Be a Cruel Light

Valerie Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

The holidays bring up many feelings: some happy but some unnecessarily sad.

When Caregiving With A Sibling Becomes A Disaster

April Rudin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Rudin

If I think of family plus care-giving, it always equals a stressful situation no matter how functional a family might be.

A Story of Real Love and Compassion

Valerie Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

On a rainy afternoon, a young man of 19 was driving home from work. His car slid, then went out of control and landed on an embankment. There was no other car involved, and he was trapped for some time.

Obama Administration Recognizes Heroes During National Family Caregivers Month

Valerie Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

Millions of children and their primarily single parent caregivers are facing even greater problems affording the support they need. Their cries and urgent requests for monetary assistance have quadrupled to the Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation.

Real Talk About a "Silent Crisis"

Valerie Sobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Valerie Sobel

I learn that Daniela's two-year struggle has ended. She is the beloved 14-year-old daughter of Bernardine. Her passing reinforces this commitment to give those like Bernardine and Daniela the gift of time together.

Support National Family Caregiver's Month With A $30 Donation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

November is National Family Caregiver's Month, and organizations such as The Andre Sobel River of Life Foundation (ASRL) are doing everything possible...