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Being a caregiver of a loved one, part of the sandwich generation taking care of a family member who has a chronic or debilitating disease can take a toll on you physically and emotionally especially when it comes to your joy. more

Sep 26, 2017 12:16 PM Articles

Caregivers who are just beginning their journey may feel adult day care services are for later stages of their loved one’s situation. The sooner caregivers locate and enroll their family member in a program more

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My dad had his own special place on the couch in our living room as I was growing up. Nothing too “Archie Bunker’s chair” about this situation. Just anytime the family was sitting on the couch, that was where he sat. more

Aug 1, 2017 3:25 PM Editor's Pen 2 Comments

Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease (AD) often experience significant stress caused by their daily caregiving responsibilities. more

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

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How many times have you had "the blues?" more

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Now that the summer is in full swing, it is time to consider how to give a break to the most important person in your loved one’s life – you. more

Jul 16, 2017 12:49 PM Editor's Pen

Whether through full-time homecare, regular doctor visits, or long distance care, caregiving has become an all-encompassing part of all our lives. As our caregiving intensifies, so too do our stress levels, more

Jul 10, 2017 5:28 PM Editor's Pen 3 Comments

While friends are essential, it turns out that other primary caregivers who share your emotional and physical roller coaster ride may offer the best source of help. more

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Recharging your batteries is one of the most important ways to help your loved one. more

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Why is it that the words “respite” and “guilt” seem to go hand in hand? Why do caregivers feel we are somehow failing our loved one by admitting that we need help, more

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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. more

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1. Learn healthy ways to manage your stress more

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You have been loyal to your outdoor exercise program for months; walking, even when your muscles ached or biking, even when your arthritis acted up. more

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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. more

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One of the best ways to reduce stress and feel better about your caregiver role is to laugh. more

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

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Because caregiving is such a universal task, faced by nearly all of us at one time or another, I hope you find these strategies helpful. more

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A“Caregiver First-Aid Kit” is a reminder of the special significance caregivers have in their role caring for a loved one. more

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