Category: The Emotional Landscape

Good News for Caregivers: Therapy Can Help Elders with Mental Health Challenges

Sherry has been worried for some time about her father, Malcolm. He’s been sleeping in more lately, and his daily walks have gone by the wayside. When she asks if he’s all right, he shrugs off the topic and focuses on the television again. He doesn’t seem to remember things as well as he used... 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 »

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 »

Is Caregiver Stress Ever a Good Thing?

Not only is April the beginning of baseball season – it’s also National Stress Awareness Month. If you’re a Cubs fan, you may have difficulty distinguishing between the two. If you’re a caregiver, the designation of a month to raise awareness about stress may seem a bit silly. As caregivers, how could we not be... Read more »

The Emotional Stages of Caregiving: Help or Hindrance?

As a psychologist by training, I can poke a little fun at my field of study while still maintaining my respect and dedication to the discipline. Hence my observation after updating an online course on bereavement, which required a study of the literature on grief and loss: Psychologists are obsessed with theories. Not that theories... Read more »

Caregiver Stress: Ten Ways Our Thinking Gets the Better of Us

While working on my Ph.D. in psychology, I was consistently drawn to two seemingly different schools of thought – existentialism and cognitive therapy. On the one hand, I identified closely with existentialism’s angst and search for meaning (which finally provided a framework to explain my many nights lying awake as a small child “thinking about... Read more »