* Stress Relievers

April 11, 2018

Time Management Techniques for Minimizing Caregiver Stress

There have been many systems devised and suggestions made to help caregivers manage the stress they feel while taking care of their loved ones. Many of them are useful and work; it is just a matter […]
April 6, 2018

Releasing Resentment

Caregivers love to help people. It is a good feeling to comfort and give aid to someone in need. This support can also take its toll. There is a great responsibility and at times a burden […]
March 21, 2018

How to “Unplug” from Caregiving

BY CAROL BRADLEY BURSACK You’re a long-term caregiver for your parents and you are getting more than a little burned out. A friend tells you that her family is unable to use a five-day beach home reservation […]
March 19, 2018

BREATHE

“Mom, can you hear me?” This is usually how the conversation goes when it is clear my mother has either not caught what I said on the phone, or is otherwise distracted by something more interesting […]
March 15, 2018

Cost, Uncertainty and Stress Plague Long-Distance Caregivers

$8,728 a year. No vacations. No retirement savings. 23 hours a week and up. This is the not-so-secret code of the long-distance caregiver: $8,728 is the average annual out-of-pocket cost; 47% stopped taking vacations to make […]
March 8, 2018

Reading: the Antidote to Loneliness

They don’t ask for much – just a good story now and then. Sometimes, a lot of the time, they may not be able to ask, but you can see it in their eyes. Tired eyes […]
February 21, 2018

I’m Fine, Thanks

That is the life of a caregiver. You are always fine because the focus is always on the person that you care for. You are “just fine” because if you think of allowing yourself to be […]
February 20, 2018

5 Ways to Find Happiness as a Family Caregiver

The role of family caregiver is not unlike other important roles we may play in life — bride or groom, mother or father — except for one thing: It doesn’t come wrapped in happiness. You don’t […]
January 23, 2018

Laughter: Medicine for the Heart

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” —Kurt Vonnegut Laughter is like a breath of fresh air that we […]
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