Is caregiving an act of love or obligation?

Is caregiving an act of love or obligation?

We talk a lot about how fulfilling it can be to support a loved on, but we also discuss how difficult caregiving can be. Is caregiving something we're doing out of a sense of obligation and duty, out of love for our caree, or a mix of both? Caregiving is an obligation...

Medication management for seniors

Medication management for seniors

If you help care for an aging loved one, or are advancing in age yourself, you are probably aware of the importance of medication management. As people age, they can develop multiple chronic conditions, which may require several long term prescriptions. In fact,...

Tips to Deal with a Controlling Aging Loved One

Tips to Deal with a Controlling Aging Loved One

As people age, it’s not uncommon for their personalities to change and for them to become more controlling.  It’s usually the result of medication, pain, the frustrations of having difficulty doing things that were once easy and changing family dynamics.  While it can...

Cancer survivors are more likely to use opioids

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer. This was true even among survivors who were ten or more years past their cancer diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a...

Why Veterans Make Exceptional Caregivers

A great caregiver can come from almost any background. But when you’ve spent twenty years in home care, it becomes clear that some professional backgrounds do really prepare caregivers for working with seniors. At Visiting Angels, some of our most successful home care...

How to Manage the Never Ending Paper Trail

It hardly seems fair that as soon as we pay bills, review statements, manage family calendars and school cubbies for the month, all of this ironing out will inevitably become all bunched up again when next month’s paperwork requires the same attention. When it’s our...

When betrayal is freedom

For fifteen years I cared for him. His accident was days after our engagement. My mother pulled me aside and said I could still walk away if I wanted. I knew it would be a hard road of nursing him back to health. No one knew if he'd recover or what recovery would...

Want to Prevent Pressure Ulcers? Help Is Here

If you are caring for a loved one who is bed or chair-limited for most of their waking hours, this post is for you. You may be lucky enough to not have dealt with a bedsore (pressure ulcer) yet, or maybe you have. The most frustrating thing about bedsores is that...

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By caregivers, for caregivers

Our online magazine has real advice from real caregivers. Want to feel understood? You'll find yourself reflected in stories from other 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.

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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Only another caregiver can understand what it’s like. The Caregiver Space is a place created by caregivers, for caregivers.

Our articles are written by other caregivers. We’re sharing our personal experiences: what worked, what didn’t, how we feel, and what happened. Every situation is unique, so the advice we share may not always be relevant to you.

Don’t see your story in these articles? This is a community project, so we encourage you to share your experiences here. Find your voice.

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