Blended Families and Caregiving

Family Caregiver Alliance

Bonnie has known life in a blended family since her parents first divorced when she was just seven years old.  Today at age 45, Bonnie has four parents, her biological mom and dad, as well as her step-mom and dad all of whom she worries about as they age and begin to require [...]

Caregiver Wisdom: Answering Endlessly Repetitive Questions when Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's

(Letter to the husband caregiver of a wife with Alzheimer’s Disease) 

Family Caregiver Alliance occasionally posts blogs on “Caregiver Wisdom” . . . words sharing heart-felt thoughts and experiences from family caregivers. Thanks to those caregivers from the Link2Care program offered by FCA and California’s Caregiver Resource Centers for providing some of these. We invite [...]

Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care

Family Caregiver Alliance  -  Kathy Kelly, Executive Director

Home Alone:  Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care is the title of a new study released today that profiles the results of a population-based survey on the type of nursing/medical tasks performed in the home by family caregivers.   The study–one of the first of its kind–surveys families to [...]

Caregiver Isolation and Loneliness . . .

. . . the Impact on Caregiver Health & Strategies for Staying Well

Family Caregiver Alliance

Just eighteen months ago, Kelly felt like she was a different person. At the time, her career and her husband were her top priority.  Kelly was able to spend long days at her job and relaxing weekends away in [...]

Caregiving for a Spouse – social, emotional and physical issues

Family Caregiver Alliance

Abby and Earl have been married for nearly 40 years, raising children together and enduring the struggles and triumphs of a long life together. Now, at 65 years of age, Earl has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. While Abby has always made sure Earl had home-cooked meals, clean clothes and plenty of love, [...]

Navigating Travel With a Loved One who has Alzheimer's Disease

Family Caregiver Alliance

With the holidays just a few months away, Patty is beginning to contemplate her family’s  plans. Her sister in Oklahoma City has extended an invitation to join in her annual celebration, however, Patty is hesitant to accept the invite. As the primary caregiver for their father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s [...]

Balancing Career and Caregiving

Alternatives to quitting work for Family Caregivers

Family Caregiver Alliance

Karen is passionate about her career. For nearly a decade she has worked with the same local law firm as a legal aide and truly enjoys contributing to the business. However, since Karen’s mom was diagnosed with dementia last year, she has found herself needing to spend [...]

Caregiver Wisdom: Don’t Take it Personally

Family Caregiver Alliance

As a caregiver, you may learn that things change in the relationship between you and the loved one for whom you care. For example, you may learn that the father you’re caring for is more willing to engage in activities when they involve other people, and less willing to do so when they [...]

10 Tips for Hiring In-Home Help

Family Caregiver Alliance

Recently, Sandy’s 82-year-old mother has agreed to having a helper come into the home a few times per week to help with meal preparation, grocery shopping and some light housekeeping. As age and arthritis affects her ability to comfortably complete these daily tasks, Sandy and her mom realize that hiring an in-home caregiver [...]

AARP Launches 3 Year Ad Council Campaign on Family Caregiving

Family Caregiver Alliance

AARP has launched a three-year public awareness campaign on the issues surrounding the growing number of family caregivers in the U.S.  Anchored by an Ad Council media campaign, the goal is to both raise awareness and to provide caregivers who may be struggling with care issues a way to find services [...]