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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