When your older parent refuses help

Q. My mother is a widow and she lives alone. She's starting to have trouble getting around and keeping her house clean. I worry about her eating. She refuses to have help in the house. How can I convince her to let me hire someone part-time to help her? -- Trying A....

What do you wish you had time for?

It's rare for caregivers to have a free moment. The time consuming nature of caregiving means that few of us have the opportunity to get around to the things that are important to us. So, what do you wish you had time for? My husband. I am soul caregiver for my mother...

How to Help A Parent Who Refuses to Bathe or Shower

With advancing age, our parents—or loved one—may be reluctant to shower or bathe. Though disease and illness are often to blame, there are many other reasons we may never understand. Unfolding the Mystery Behind the “Bathing Battle” Here’s a list of some reasons the...

When our world turned upside down again

My son Trammell was paralyzed from the waist down at age of 14. Only a year and 5 weeks after his Dad developed server brain damage from being dead for an hour and twenty minutes due to Cardiac Arrest at the young age of 49. We were just beginning to get a grip on our...

The cancer stories no one wants to hear

During the 11 months when my husband, Ahmad, was dying of bladder cancer, few people wanted to hear how he was truly doing. They wanted to hear about hope, courage, and positivity, not about how Ahmad was unlikely to survive or his ruminations on how to live well...

Must-Read Memoirs and Nonfiction on Aging and Elder Care

The saying is, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” And it’s true. Aging — and caring for aging loved ones — requires an inner strength and resilience many people don’t know they have — or need — until late in life. The aging person discovers things they are no longer...

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By caregivers, for caregivers

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sleep better caregivers

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.

community wisdom

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.

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.

the mighty

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

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