Self care is not something you buy

Self care is not something you buy

When did self care become something to buy? Face masks, luxury goods, expensive classes, week-long retreats — that’s not what self care is about. You don’t need to open your wallet to take care of yourself. Self care is something that can be...
Ivan & Marcia

Ivan & Marcia

Ivan opens up about his 20-plus year journey as the primary caregiver for his wife following her Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. On top of his newfound caregiving duties, he delves into the difficulty of facing and channeling his anger, confronting his own notions of...
Mari Andrew on grief

Mari Andrew on grief

If you’re on Instagram, you may have already discovered Mari Andrew. If not, she’s an amazing artist who captures grief (and so many other aspects of being human). Here are some of my favorites: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mari Andrew...
Breaking a promise

Breaking a promise

So many of us have promised our parents that we’d never put them in a home. And then, one day, we do. Putting a loved one in residential care is an incredibly difficult decision for anyone. It’s even harder when doing so breaks a promise we’ve made....
Healthy holiday treats

Healthy holiday treats

The holidays are a time for indulgence, but not all of us are at liberty to indulge. Don’t skip the holiday fun! Try one of these healthier options to celebrate the holidays. Snowman porridge Porridge plus blueberries, chocolate chips, and strawberries. Or...
Taking a personal inventory

Taking a personal inventory

As caregivers, we so often forget about ourselves. Sometimes it’s helpful to take a few minutes to take a personal inventory. Reflecting on today How did the day go? What challenges did I endure? What success did I experience? What did I do for myself today?...
Learning to forgive myself

Learning to forgive myself

Do you feel like you’re doing the best you can, all the time? No matter how hard I try, it gets to me sometimes. Love alone isn’t enough for me to not lose my cool. Maybe it should be. Maybe it is for you. (is it?). But the pressure mounts…the bills...
Become a home care champion

Become a home care champion

America needs more caregivers for our rapidly aging population, but we don’t provide them with a living wage or adequate workplace protections. Low wages lead to high turnover and poorly trained staff. Stressed out workers come to work sick because they have no...
The Care for All Veterans Act

The Care for All Veterans Act

Right now there’s a major oversight in the programs available through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their family caregiver program only covers members of the Armed Forces or veterans who are seriously injured or became ill on active duty after September...
Seniors & chronic conditions

Seniors & chronic conditions

4 out of 5 seniors suffer from at least one chronic condition, according to AARP. We’re here to help our loved ones manage their conditions to they can continue to live a fulfilling life — so we can, too. As part of our coverage for Grandparent’s...
What do we owe abusive parents?

What do we owe abusive parents?

Every year over 500 children in the US are murdered by their parents. In fact, that number is a low estimate. Other organizations say over 1,500 children died of abuse or neglect in 2012. 80% of murdered children are under the age of 7. Half were beaten to death....