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What To Do When Caregiving Is Not Enough  •  September 9, 2014  •  Issue #747

Today's Caregiver eNewsletter



Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief

An Interview with Rosalynn Carter

Mrs. Carter spoke with Editor-in-Chief Gary Barg about her life as a family caregiver and the ongoing work of the Rosalynn Carter Institute.

Gary Barg: Could you talk a little bit about the goals of the Rosalynn Carter Institute?

Rosalynn Carter: Our main goal is to reduce the burden and depression among caregivers, and try to help them have some quality of life. What we want them to do is to take care of themselves; because if caregivers don’t take care of themselves, the quality of the caregiving is diminished. But also, besides that, we work on policy efforts. We have programs across the country. We work with different organizations and world corporations ...more




An Interview with
Rosalynn Carter


When Caregiving Is
Not Enough


Caregiver Guilt
and Finding Balance


Diet and Nutrition Tips




When Caregiving Is Not Enough
Finding Good Homecare

By Leah M. Pavela, LCSW

Home health care, also known as domicilary care, is care provided in one’s own place of residence. This can include skilled nursing services, speech-language pathology, physical and occupational therapy, home health aide services, as well as medical social services and the provision of durable medical equipment such as wheelchairs or walkers for use in-home  ...more



Caregiver Guilt and Finding Balance

By Sheryl Leary

How do you find the balance? Is there a balance? Am I doing the right thing? Should I be doing more? These are important questions for a caregiver. They can dominate a caregiver’s daily thoughts. The experts all talk about balance. How do we find the balance when we are so busy doing the things that upset the balance? ...more



Diet and Nutrition Tips

Make dining social. Elderly people often fail to eat well because they don't like to eat alone. 

Take notice of food content in their loved-one’s home. Keep their refrigerator well stocked and watch for and remove old or spoiled food in the fridge. 

Serve finger foods or food that is already cut up. It’s easier for less dexterous hands ...more


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From D.:

Having gone through five years of part- and full-time eldercare myself, I found it necessary during a recent visit to point out to a dear friend, who is caregiving for her 86-year-old mother, that my friend is increasingly exhibiting signs of frustration, resentment and being overwhelmed. My observations/criticisms were not appreciated and my friend got defensive, argumentative and curtailed her visit.   

At this point, I think the best thing I can do is suggest external, professional support, although she seems loathe to seek personal therapy. I was hoping that there might be a caregiver support group in her area. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I'd appreciate any advice and recommendations you might have. Thank you.  


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