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Why Humor is Important When Caregiving

As a caregiver, you face many challenges on a day-to-day basis. You may feel overwhelmed and isolated with how you are feeling. You may also deeply care about the person you are caring for and feel anxious about dealing with the potential heartbreak of loss. These everyday stressors can take a toll on you. Every… Read More

How to Include Anyone this Holiday Season

The holiday season can be the most wonderful time of the year, but many fail to realize the holidays are also a sad time for a lot of people. For some, they may be away from family or grieving the loss of a loved one. If you are caregiving for someone who might be away… Read More

Fun Activities to do this Holiday Season

Looking for fun ideas to do this holiday season with the person you are caring for? Read on to learn more fun ideas from Deanna Hearn. Deanna Hearn, President of the Nevada Caregivers Coalition and former family caregiver, shares how she made the holidays a fun time for her mom. She said the biggest thing… Read More

Safety Tips for the Holidays

The holidays are around the corner. It is an exciting time for everyone – for some, it is the time families and friends celebrate with one another. With the holidays being a time of celebration, sometimes it is easy to forget the potential hazards that can surround it. For family caregivers, the holidays can also… Read More

Home Safety Basics and Home Modifications

The purpose of home modifications is to ensure the safety, security, and independence of the person(s) in their own household. As a caregiver, you will want to make sure the person you are caring for is safe and their household is conducive to their way of living. If the person’s home is tailored to suit… Read More

AB190 for Caregivers

AB190 is the family caregivers sick leave bill. With the AB190 bill having taken effect last month, family caregivers no longer have to fear losing jobs to take their family member to medical appointments.  The AB190 bill was first brought to the Nevada legislature in 2017 and was supported by AARP. The bill was also… Read More

Caregiving and Advocacy for Elders

Advocacy for your family members is important. Families—not institutions—provide the majority of caregiving to chronically ill and disabled persons. These families know the enormity of the burden in caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases, stroke, traumatic brain injury, or other long-term conditions. They also know the challenges in locating appropriate advice, services, and… Read More

Paper Bags and Caregiving Isolation

There is a good reason why all caregivers need their paper bags… For caregivers, there is a different weight that comes with knowing you are responsible for another person’s health and wellbeing, which can result in feelings of stress and isolation. It is important for caregivers to care for themselves to fulfill their caregiving responsibilities… Read More

Caregiving for Veterans with PTSD

At the beginning of my interview with Tod Sherman, he mentioned he was on the phone with me from inside his car. He said he needed a break. Aside from the everyday stresses that come along with caregiving, he was also dealing with a myriad of things that involve taking care of another family member.… Read More

Grief while Caregiving

Everyone experiences grief in his or her life. All of us lose friends and family and it is a heavy task for every one of us. Our best advice is that everyone who grieves show themselves compassion by allowing themselves the time and space to process it all. While grief is inevitable, please remember that… Read More

Caregiving: A life on hold?

Caregiving can be rewarding and challenging. When an individual is diagnosed with a progressive neurological disease like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or multiple sclerosis, it’s staggering, not only for the patient, but also for their family and friends. Many do not know where to start or how to move forward. Caregivers need all the extra support they… Read More

Falls and Fall Prevention Among Older Adults

Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults. Each year, one in three older adults aged 65 and older experiences a fall, and people who fall once are two to three times more likely to fall again. Every second of every day, an older adult (age 65+) falls in the… Read More

Caring for my Father in the time of a Pandemic

Caring for her father during a pandemic, Bonnie read shares her story and why it is important to check on your loved ones daily. Bonnie shares how difficult it was for her to have her father living in an Independent Senior Living Community during a pandemic. She writes: “Thinking of him having no communication except… Read More

Family Caregivers During a Pandemic

Family Caregivers Chris and Maria Ward have been long-distance caregivers for Chris’ sister since March of 2016. They talked to us about the challenges of keeping her safe while combating isolation over the last year. Every caregiving situation is different. Please tell us some more about your role as family caregivers. Chris: We used to… Read More

Supporting Veterans Through Technology

Caregiving for veterans is a very specific, personal, and important topic.  Specific because I have found that only veterans understand fellow veterans. Their DNA and experiences process things differently than others. My caregiving experience for my wife of 40 years is still a learning experience every day. My wife’s disability became necessary for me to… Read More

Perceptions in Caregiving

Particularly in the world of caregiving, I am firmly yet gently advising never to take anything personally. Whether our hurt feelings result from something our loved one said or did or something that any one of the players in our day said or did, i.e., family, friends, doctors, staff, co-workers, we must remain vigilant in… Read More

Losing My Husband from Dementia and COVID-19

I’m writing this on Christmas Day, 2020. It’s my first Christmas without my husband of 43 years. He died earlier this year of COVID-19, but in reality he’d been “gone” for longer, with dementia. He is infinitely better off as, ironically, am I, and I am genuinely happy for him, for his spirit. But if… Read More

Tips for Hiring a Caregiver

Hiring a professional caregiver can stir up a lot of emotions. I have heard everything from relief and a breath of fresh air, to fear of someone in their house or families fighting over how money is spent. My goal in this blog is to help you understand where to look, what to do, and… Read More

Caregiving During the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time to connect with family, friends, and loved ones. The holidays are the time to be joyful. This year, unfortunately, rings different. The luxury of being around family and friends is no longer encouraged due to the pandemic. With the recent surge of the Coronavirus in our community, it is… Read More

Elder Abuse during the time of COVID-19

Another growing concern brought on to us by COVID-19 is the surprising uptick in reported cases of elder abuse during this time. Experts say the reasoning behind this could be the fact that these seniors are quarantined and isolated, therefore making it difficult for signs of abuse to be detected. Unfortunately, there are various types… Read More


Dealing with a parent’s dementia is difficult especially when it has taken a drastic decline. Vic Railton, a caregiver, shares her experience witnessing her mom’s uphill battle with dementia that has taken a turn for the worse. She writes: “For the first time ever since her diagnosis, her confusion and angry outbursts have become an… Read More

Community Foundation 2019 Impact Report

The purpose of the Impact Report is to communicate the significant contributions and the difference we have made in the community. With the mission of the Community Foundation of Western Nevada to strengthen our community through philanthropy and leadership by connecting people who care with causes that matter, it is vital for us to show… Read More

Mental Health for Seniors During COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused uncertainty, fear, and anxiety for a lot of people, which can be detrimental to anyone’s mental health. Now that we are going slowly transitioning back to our new norm with most going back to their regular schedule, there are still residual events from having experienced the world in a pandemic… Read More

Caregiving during COVID-19

The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented time for everyone. People of all ages are at risk of contracting the Coronavirus, with seniors being the most vulnerable and at high risk, which can pose as a serious concern for family caregivers. Our current situation can also prove to be a stressful time for family caregivers in… Read More

Respite Care and its Barriers

Respite is defined as: for family care partners who provide ongoing care to someone with a chronic or disabling condition or for a family facing undue hardship or crisis. Respite means planned or emergency care provided to a child or adult with a special need in order to provide temporary relief to the family care… Read More

Respite Care and Why it is Important

Respite – taking a break from caregiving is so very important and is most effective if it is started early in the caregiving experience and is consistent throughout.  Unfortunately, many care partners wait until they are overwhelmed, exhausted, and/or in a crisis to seek help with their caregiving, i.e.: respite. Definition res·pite /ˈrespət,rēˈspīt/ For family… Read More

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care has been defined as “interdisciplinary care that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients with advanced illness and their families. It is offered simultaneously with all appropriate treatment. It aims to control pain, help facilitate communication among treating clinicians and the communication of clinicians with patients and families. It… Read More

Why Support Groups are Important

Support groups can be helpful if you are facing a major setback in life, or if you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It is important that you do not go through it alone. Studies have shown the impact on caregivers can be detrimental when they are burnt out and could potentially be… Read More

The Cost of Unresolved Grief

The Impact of grief on Society:  While death is a normal part of life, our society doesn’t do well with the complications of grief that follow the death of a close loved-one.  People often feel alone and unable to move forward in their lives, depending on factors such as the closeness of the relationship, the… Read More

Preparing for End of Life and Death

End of life is inevitable. We all die, whether it is expected or not. When we prepare for our own death in advance, we are able to relieve the decision-making burden on those whom we love and create the opportunity for end of life and death that maintains self-control. If you are reading these words,… Read More

One Simple Practice

One simple practice a friend shared with me has kept me from becoming overwhelmed.  It is simply, “Just focus on one thing.  One thing.”  When that feeling of overwhelm starts creeping into my consciousness, I literally say out loud, “One thing, Vic. Just one thing.”  Hearing that simple phrase re-centers my head and my next… Read More

Therapy Intervention is All About Relationships

Therapy is truly beneficial for your mental health. To ensure that you receive the most benefits out of a therapy session, you must consider the relationship you have with your therapist.  It may be that your care partner will need physical, occupational or speech therapy as part of an intervention to improve and maintain the… Read More

Preventing Financial Scams

There are many kinds of financial scams. Strange calls asking for your Social Security Number. A romantic partner controlling your finances. Caregivers exploiting the elderly. Predatory loans. Someone claiming you have been scammed and they need to verify your bank account number. The Community Foundation’s Preventing Financial Scams Initiative was created to help both young… Read More

When “Friends” Become Too Much

When do friends become too much? Following yesterday’s blog, “Authentic Independence,” I mentioned being cautious of certain individuals.  Though they may be friends, be aware and beware of individuals who suck you dry emotionally.  Take inventory of who you are around and what they are doing to you, as well as what they are doing… Read More

Preparing for the Unexpected

Preparing for long-term care should be mandatory due to a lot of unexpected factors that could arise. Health care is expected to remain one of the biggest expenses in retirement. Medicare, along with Medicare-approved insurance plans such as Medigap or Medicare Advantage, may cover a large part of traditional medical expenses. However, it does not… Read More

The CARE Act

The CARE Act passed the Nevada legislature largely with help from AARP in 2015.  It employs three simple things to help family caregivers when their loved ones are hospitalized. First, caregivers are designated in their loved one’s medical record. Second, the caregiver is notified before the loved one is discharged from the hospital. Thirdly, the… Read More

Respite Care for Caregivers

The dictionary describes respite as, “A short period of rest or relief from something difficult.” Being a caregiver for an adult, whether that adult is a parent, spouse, child, other family member or life partner, is one of the most difficult tasks that life hands to people. Caregiving is a 24-hour job, 7 days a week.  Taking… Read More


The dictionary defines grief as, “Deep sorrow, especially that is caused by someone’s death.”   “Grief never ends, but it changes. It is a passage, not a place to stay.  Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith, it is the price of love.” – Author unknown People grieve in many different… Read More

Why Support Groups Are Essential For Caregivers

Many people are born with an innate sense of selflessness; one that motivates people to go out of their way to help others before they help themselves. We all know someone like this; maybe it’s the neighbor who always shovels a pathway through the snow on your driveway the morning after a storm, that one… Read More

Becoming Someone Else’s Hero

The truth of the matter is, when you are a caregiver, you go beyond your job. You go beyond yourself. You become a nurturer and a healer. You learn how to become empathetic and compassionate to those in need. You learn the virtue of being patient. You learn to be flexible with your time because… Read More

Honor Jones: Family Caregiver and Volunteer

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Ride Sharing and Caregiving

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Recognizing When You Need A Break

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Caregiving in the Sandwich Generation

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Caregiving – Do I Include Family and Friends?

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Three Resources to Help Caregivers Facing Social Isolation and Loneliness

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Creating and Expanding Your Circle of Support

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Saying Goodbye

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Community Conversation on Caregivers in the Workforce – Get Your Questions Answered

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Family Estate Planning Series Answers Caregiver Questions

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 3

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 2

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Fraud, Scams, and Tips to Help Protect Yourself: Part 1

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Nevada Caregiver Awards Luncheon

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When Caregiving Ends

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Technology helping us Age in Place

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Welcome to Washoe Caregivers!

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