Caregiving Blog

December 13, 2017

Free Respite Opportunities for Caregivers

Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often experience significant stress caused by their daily caregiving responsibilities. Some caregivers who feel the need for respite may be able to rely on family or friends to […]
December 12, 2017

Some Things I Have Learned

I have learned to learn about the illness. In my case, I have learned about 11 illnesses, only to find that any one of them may crop up and have symptoms at any time and last […]
December 11, 2017

More Than a Hug: How Caregiver Peers Can Support Each Other

Friends arrive with extra meals or share a coffee, meeting them for a stolen hour, somewhere close to home in case of another emergency. You part with a hug and the friend offers words of encouragement. […]
December 8, 2017

Coots and the Christmas Gulls

That’s my dad with his beautiful snow-white curls framed by the lake. He still knows me, but the last stroke left him in a wheelchair, in an adult family home, and with dementia. His love of […]
December 7, 2017

4 States Are Recognized for Improving Older Adults’ Lives

A national nonprofit dedicated to preserving the dignity and independence of older adults has recognized four states for their “progress made in improving the lives of older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers.” The SCAN […]
December 6, 2017

Charting Your Course With Parkinson’s Disease Care

Caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s disease at home can be like sailing a ship through uncharted waters. Currents, wind shifts and changing weather patterns all influence the ship’s course on a daily basis. The […]
December 5, 2017

How Can Massage Therapy Relieve Your Anxiety?

A lot of my friends are spa freaks. One thing they just cannot stop raving about is massages. Every single time one of them gets a full body massage they go on and on about how […]
December 4, 2017

Adult Day Care for Someone With Alzheimer’s

Adult day care is a form of respite care that’s provided outside the home by professionals (as opposed to in-home respite care). It’s designed to benefit both the person using the services and, especially in the […]
December 1, 2017

The 7 Deadly Emotions of Caregiving: How to Cope

Nobody would ever choose a smiley face as the perfect symbolic emoticon for a caregiver. Caregiving for an ailing loved one is just too stressful — often triggering damaging emotions that can not only undermine your […]
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