Posts tagged "family"

Working Family Caregivers Needed to Try Online Tool

Are you caring for a family member while also working? If so, trying to manage your family member’s care might feel pretty overwhelming. Here’s an opportunity to advance research in caregiving while also benefiting from an online care management tool that can help you stay organized. Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging is looking for volunteers... Read more »

Caregiving Overload? Four Tips to Get Family Members Involved

Kendra was at her wit’s end. Although she has a brother, she has been the sole caregiver for her mother for the past two years while holding down a full-time job and fulfilling her roles as a wife and mother. At a recent holiday gathering, Kendra’s aunt and cousin remarked that they didn’t know why... Read more »

Dance for Dementia on June 23

If you live in Chicagoland and are caring for someone with dementia or simply care about this cause (in which case, many thanks and blessings), you might want to check out this innovative social event and fundraiser. Dance for Dementia, coordinated by North Shore Dance Therapy in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association, strives to connect... Read more »

Community Care Programs in Illinois are Safe – For Now

I would guess that a slew of caregivers who read this blog know all too well the value of community-based care. If you’re not sure what that is, think of the home health care and adult day care services that have allowed your family member to live at home instead of move into a nursing... Read more »

Recommended: “How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick” on April 22

If you’re a caregiver, you may have heard of the “Best Friends” approach to Alzheimer’s care. It’s a creative approach to caring for a person with dementia that’s based on the assumption that above all, we should be a friend to a person who is ill. After all, don’t love, acceptance, and support go a... Read more »

The Time We Have Left: A Theory for Caregiving and Self-Care Alike

I recently began adjunct teaching for a local college. Given that my father, uncle, grandma, and grandpa were all educators, I felt a sense of history and continuity as I embarked on my first lecture, making sure to emulate a few of my dad’s signature gestures along the way. Though the experience connected me to... Read more »

Why National Family Caregivers Month Matters (Even on Election Day)

If you have not voted yet, stop reading this now! Please go vote and then come back to my blog. There – I’ve done my civic duty by urging you to vote (and yes, I voted at 7:30 AM). In case I wasn’t persuasive enough, perhaps this little dude Truett can convince you (Oh, and... Read more »

“Ruth & Erica” Doesn’t Hold Back About the Perils of Caregiving

I’m not really a YouTube junkie, so I was skeptical when I heard about a slick new caregiving series airing online. Yet “Ruth & Erica” has gotten my attention, and I plan to watch it in its entirety. Why? Because it’s painfully real. The show – created by Amy Lippman for the woman-centered WIGS channel... Read more »

Neighborhoods Can Partner in Caregiving through “Lotsa Helping Hands”

During these hottest of hot days of summer, I find myself thinking about my old neighborhood in Woodstock, Illinois. We lived on a quiet street right behind the library and a short walk from the Dairy Queen. As a child, summer days were spent with friends pondering whether to walk to the town square and... Read more »

Share Your Opinion on the Stigma of Dementia with Alzheimer’s Disease International

Calling all caregivers and persons with dementia! Have you ever felt stigmatized because you or your loved one has dementia? Do you feel that your family is treated with respect, dignity, and acceptance in the context of your loved one’s disease? Do you have adequate opportunities to access the resources you need to provide dementia... Read more »