Caregiver 101

Caregiver 101

  • Emotional Fatigue

    Emotional Fatigue

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, says there are four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those Read more

  • be a caregiver

    Do you have what it takes to be a caregiver?

    The time has come when a family member needs assistance and you’re struggling to understand what will be needed of you as you move into the role of full- or part-time caregiver. Read more

  • Things I Have Learned

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    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 for a few minutes, a few hours, a few days or even months. Read more

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    The Reverse Gift List

    It’s called the “Reverse Gift List” game. It’s easy and fun for the entire family. Here’s how it’s played. The only things you will need are a pencil, paper and a little faith. Read more

  • Positive Aspects of Caregiving

    Positive Aspects of Caregiving

    Caring for a person with a debilitating illness is often challenging. It becomes all the more difficult when the person is in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease Read more

  • im fine

    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 anything other than fine, your legs will come out from under you. Read more


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    Fearless Caregiver Emotional First Aid Kit

    You can find respite from your caregiving in the simplest things. Read more

  • Organizing a Medical History

    Tips for Organizing a Medical History

    A trip to the emergency room made me realize why caregivers are advised to organize heath information. Read more


  • Living With Your Home Health Care Aide

    Living With Your Home Health Care Aide

    You’ve made the decision to let an aide come into your home to assist. That was hard enough. Now you’re getting apprehensive about what to expect when the aide arrives for work. Read more

  • Adult Day Respite

    Respite for Two

    Adult day care centers provide a break (respite) to the caregiver. Read more

  • first time caregiver

    What the First-time Caregiver Needs to Know

    Everyone ages, and there comes a time when older or ailing loved ones need help. Oftentimes friends or family members rise to the occasion to assist them. If you’re one of those first-time family caregivers, you are not alone. Read more

  • New Caregiver

    The ABCs of Caregiving

    Throughout our lives, we each perform a variety of different roles.  For me, I have been a daughter, sister, student, sales clerk, secretary, coach, and a writer.  The one role I thought I would never assume is now the main focus of my life ... Read more


  • Seniors Attending Adult Day Care

    Trust Your Instincts

    Adult Day Care is a community-based program. There are more than 4,000 centers across the country with more than 78 percent operating on a non-profit basis. nursing ho Read more

  • Caregivers Balancing Act

    The Caregiver’s Balancing Act

    In the 1960s, TV celebrity Ed Sullivan featured a Chinese talent artist who demonstrated the careful balance and timing of spinning porcelain plates atop thin, wooden sticks. Read more


  • Caring At Work


    Caring At Work

    Are you one of the 65 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50% of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job? Read more

  • Positive Attitude

    Ten Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude

    1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress Read more

  • 7 Essential do's and don'ts

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    After Caregiving: Picking Up The Pieces

    As a caregiver, we totally commit ourselves to caring for another person who no longer functions as they once did in the normal scheme of life. We move in with them or move them to us. Read more

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    Forty-Eight Mental Breaks for Caregivers

    Caregiving takes a lot of time. Even if you had spare time to daydream in the first place, it’s probably gone now. However you must give yourself a mental break once in a while. Read more

  • Caring for the Caregiver

    Caring for the Caregiver

    Being a caregiver is a stressful and demanding job. There is usually very little, if any opportunity to prepare for a new caregiving situation. Read more


  • Caregiver Journaling

    Top Ten Ways To Care For Yourself

    1. Keep a journal. Start today. Describe your fears as well as your hopes, the reality of what each day is like, Read more

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