How I keep going

Resilience. Tenacity. Strength. Toughness. Whatever you want to call it, caregivers need it. It's that thing about your personality where shit is exploding all around you and you just roll with it. Roll up your sleeves and get to it, every day, no matter what. Inner...

Elder Financial Abuse Hurts Caregivers, Too

The emotional and monetary consequences of elder financial abuse take a toll on caregivers as well as seniors directly victimized, Allianz Life said Monday in releasing findings of a new study. A vast majority of both active and prospective caregivers reported that...

How do we cope with anger as a caregiver?

We all recognize that caregiving is a complex task. It can bring a new closeness with the person you are caring for. It can inevitably bring a flood of emotions including compassion, nostalgia, gratitude, devotion, frustration, grief, sadness, love, guilt, and anger....

About to burn out? Try this.

When we first become caregivers or when there's a new emergency, we go into super hero mode. You know what I mean: you do it all, without stopping, at the same time. Nothing can stop you, until you can't keep it up. It's unsustainable. You can only suck it up and...

Hey, doc, what will that cost me?

No matter how great your physician is, there is one question he or she is unlikely to answer: "How much will that cost?" It is not really doctors' fault. Medical schools and residency training programs have traditionally shied away from teaching costs. For the most...

Guilt vs. Grace

In the face of overwhelming odds, we put ourselves in an often impossible situation, and keep doing it armed with little else than love—while spending blood, sweat, and treasure. I wouldn't hang around somebody who treats me the way I treat myself, and I’ll bet you...

This is why you can’t catch up on lost sleep

After a long week of barely any rest, it’s tempting to want to stay in bed all weekend, but is it possible to catch up on hours of missed sleep? Unfortunately, most research and experts say no. Sleep debt, like credit card debt, is a real thing, except with sleep, you...

Laughing Until You Die

Humor May Be Antidote For Pain Of Death For Patients, Survivors Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness. But that didn’t stop Rapp from wanting to do one...

The ‘Troops’ Who Support Our Troops

In 1983, a ground-breaking white paper by then-Chief of Staff of the Army General John A. Wickham Jr. on the importance of increasing support to the Army family put into motion the Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP. General Wickham asserted that a healthy family...

What Hospitals Waste

ProPublica Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate What Hospitals Waste The nation’s health care tab is sky-high. We’re tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away. by Marshall Allen, ProPublica Photos...

How life insurance can pay for long-term care

Even as aging Americans revel in the splendor of their well-earned retirements they still harbor plenty of worries, such as outliving their savings. Near the top of the worry list is the fear their health will deteriorate so much they’ll be forced to seek long-term...

Death Doesn’t Have To Be So Scary

Since he watched his mother drop dead, Richard Bridgman’s fear of death has left him emotionally paralyzed. It was right around Thanksgiving — nearly 45 years ago — and Bridgman was sleeping overnight on his mom’s living room couch. “In the middle of the night, she...

The End of Regret

Unfortunately for many of us, the pain of losing somebody we love, or people we have had a mixed relationship with, can be made worse by the presence of regrets. Mourners can be left struggling with thoughts like, “What could I have done differently?” “I wish I had...

Too many notifications?

Our private Facebook groups are pretty active, so you might find they take over your Facebook news feed. Don't worry, there's an easy solution. Find a post from the group that's taking over your news feed and click on the little triangle in the upper right corner to...

Let’s Stay Connected

Our lives are so busy these days; we’re cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, planning parties, and working. Not to mention all the time we are spending at the gym. With our fast pace lives, this leaves little time for family. How many times have we seen someone...

Psychosis in Parkinson’s

Now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope. One night without warning, Jay Sagen leapt from his bed and grabbed the quilt, then...

No one here cares how you voted

We have a huge, vibrant community of caregivers. People are experiencing a whole range of emotions about the changes happening to the health insurance landscape in the US. Regardless of who you voted for (if you voted), I bet you want affordable, quality health care...

Managing Conflict Between Siblings

Caregiving requires a lot from a person and takes its toll on everything, including family relationships. No one knows this more than the siblings tasked with the care of Mom and Dad. From sibling rivalries to dividing tasks, caring for one’s parents with one’s...

How healthcare is really practiced in the US

Introducing Vital Signs, from ProPublica ProPublica has accumulated a wealth of data about how medicine is really practiced in the U.S. We’ve got millions of data points on things we believe everyone should know about his or her providers, like whether they’ve been...

Talking about eldercare

Are you thinking it's time to schedule a family meeting to talk about your aging parents? Don't do it. via GIPHY I'm really comfortable talking about caregiving and I love my family, but the thought of sitting down with them all at once to discuss it stresses me out....