Don’t Let Me Be, Forgotten

Don’t Let Me Be, Forgotten

The Art of losing isn’t hard to master, so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Lose something every day. Accept the fluster of lost door keys, an hour badly spent. The art of losing isn’t hard to master. Then practice...

Create a Medications Management Checklist

Create a Medications Management Checklist

My mother was getting forgetful and I was worried sick about her. On the phone, my mother’s conversation was confused and fragmented. Finally, I flew to Florida to assess her physical and mental health. One morning my mother said she wasn’t feeling well. She walked...

What does caregiving feel like?

What does caregiving feel like?

When people talk about overcoming disease or disability to live an incredible life, so often the caregivers are left out of the story. Many caregivers don't identify as caregivers -- we're so absorbed in the needs of whoever we're caring for, we forget what it's like...

Creativity and Dementia

I recently visited my husband at the long term care facility where he now resides and I was impressed by his latest creative work of art. This time he had all of the things out of his bathroom cupboard, his mouthwash, hair brush, plastic glass, soap and toothbrush...

Is there a better term for caregiver burden?

You've heard the term "caregiver burden", right? It's the stress and strain that comes with caring for someone who is ill, elderly, or disabled. Lots of people don't really like it, since it can easily seem like the person you're caring for is a burden. I was thinking...

What does it feel like to be me?

What does it feel like to be me? The first word to come to mind is "full". Frustrated is a close second. My 91yr. old mother has lived with me for six years. Her dementia has stolen her reasoning, memory, logic and ability to track what I'm saying. Some have told me...

Terminal Determination

The saga began Wednesday morning in March 9. Hours of screaming. Calling for the ambulance. Emergency room admission. Morphine drip for the pain. CT scan. Calls to calm his hysterical mother. Five-hour surgery I’d been told would just be a couple of hours. Surgical...

How did we become family caregivers?

A few weeks ago we were talking about how we became caregivers on the Facebook page. I was surprised by how many professional caregivers said they didn't have a choice in the matter, it just happened. I was also surprised by how many parents and spouses said they...

Caregiving and resentment

Resentment seems to be a regular companion for caregivers.  It comes in flash points when we feel presumed upon, undervalued, and unappreciated. That resentment, however, cripples us as caregivers far more than it negatively affects others. A pianist for even longer...

How to Help Parents Stay at Home Longer

As aging parents creep past retirement age and into their 70s and 80s, adult children are faced with the same conundrum: how can they enable their mothers and fathers to stay in their homes longer, rather than send their loved one to a retirement home or similar...

Second guessing family ties

When my boyfriend came out to his family, his father attacked him. That was nearly 20 years ago now. For a long time he'd make attempts to get in contact with his siblings or his mother every couple years. They never went well. They were only willing to welcome him...

Combating Compassion Fatigue with Technology

Caregiving is a rewarding activity, but it can also be very emotionally and physically draining. Compassion fatigue among caregivers is common, which can lead to burnout, depression, and exhaustion. Not only are these symptoms draining on the caregiver, but over time,...

Is becoming a caregiver a choice?

Becoming a caregiver just happened I was 23, had a five year old and a 2 month old. My mother was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer, and her "husband" decided he didn't want to clean up crap, and I was already an "expert". Sadly, she passed away 2 months later, and...

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Sleep is especially elusive for caregivers. Here's how to actually get some rest when you have a chance.

life after caregiving

Life goes on after caregiving ends. Here's how other caregiving alumni have returned to their old lives or built new ones.

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Some of the best advice pops up in the forums, on social media, or in our support groups. We gather it here to make it easy to find.

nourishing the spirit

Caregiving is a spiritual experience for many, although it can also lead to spiritual neglect. Here's spiritual nourishment from any and all faith traditions.

nutrition for caregivers

We do our best to feed our patients healthy meals, but we may forget to feed ourselves. Here's how other caregivers do it.

notes from the problem child

This is what happens when the black sheep comes home to take care of his parents.

the kitchen widow

Tembi knew she'd lose her husband to his career as a chef. She didn't expect to lose him to cancer.

journaling for caregivers

Journaling is a rewarding reprieve for so many of us. Even when no one else cares, the page listens.

caregiver profiles

Go beyond the profile picture and get to know some of our community members.

phys ed for caregivers

Phys Ed, personal trainer to the stars, gives us tips on how to stay fit -- and safe -- while taking care of everyone else.

faith and grieving

Every religion looks at the dying and grieving process differently. We interview faith leaders to get their take.

because of annie

Bob took care of his wife as she battled cancer. Now he's fighting the battle himself.

the mighty

One of our partner organizations, The Mighty shares positive stories about caregiving and living with a disability, disease, or mental illness.

navigating the healthcare system for alzheimer's caregivers

Dave and his team help caregivers in the US and Canada get the best care for someone you love who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

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