Posts tagged "stress"

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 »

Caregivers’ Coping Skills Impact Dementia’s Rate of Decline

What? That sounds like a pretty daring claim. Does this mean that caregivers actually have some degree of control over how fast their loved ones’ dementia progresses? According to an impressive study at Utah State University, yes. But before you begin to either jump for joy or tremble with panic, let’s look at the study... Read more »

A Caregiver’s Credo for 2013

If you’re a caregiver, I doubt you’ve had time to even begin formulating any New Year’s resolutions for 2013. While each caregiver’s experience is unique, there are common bonds that join you in your journey. Those common bonds are the foundation of this Caregiver’s Credo, which I offer to you as you look ahead to... Read more »
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Successful Caregiving is in the Eye of the Beholder

Let me guess – as a caregiver, you’re kind of hard on yourself. You’ve set some pretty high expectations that you wouldn’t expect anyone else to be able to meet, yet you believe that you should be able to achieve them, even when crises come down the pike and things don’t go at all as... Read more »

Caregivers Providing Complex Medical Care: A Growing Trend

We already know that family caregivers provide personal care such as helping their loved ones with bathing, dressing, grooming, eating, and going to the bathroom. We also know that family caregivers are often involved in household tasks such as cleaning, cooking, paying bills, doing laundry, and providing transportation. But did you know that 46% of... Read more »

Six Easy Steps to a Self-Care Plan for the Holidays

Let’s face it – the holidays aren’t always bright and cheerful, especially if you are a caregiver. While some aspects of the holidays can bring comfort and connection to those who are caregiving, the holidays also require a lot of energy – something in short supply in a caregiver’s life. Holidays can also invoke memories... Read more »
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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 »

Working Mothers Caring for Those with Dementia: A Startling Report

We know there are more women than men with dementia, namely because women live longer and dementia is more likely to occur in older people. But do we think enough about the fact that the majority of dementia caregivers are also women? Let’s take it a step further. Among women caregivers, do we realize that... Read more »
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New Adult Day Care Service in Gurnee Shows Creativity in Eldercare

Before I burst forth with excitement about the new adult day care service in Gurnee, I should offer a disclaimer: I attend the church I’m about to mention. It provides me with a caring, supportive environment to celebrate and strengthen my faith and to explore who I am truly meant to become. In this way,... Read more »