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 [...]

Exercise for Caregiver Health and Well-being

Family Caregiver Alliance

Sally provides regular care for her who suffers from  Multiple Sclerosis. Between doctor’s visits, helping with personal hygiene, and worrying about  growing  problems with walking,  Sally has found herself suffering from an increased number of headaches and  extra weight. Before her partners health decline, Sally attended weekly exercise classes and ate [...]

Caregiver Wisdom: Emotional Care + Physical Care

Family Caregiver Alliance

The first Year after I started caring for my wife (two strokes at age 39 and 43 yrs) at home I thought that she was the same person I knew before the issues occurred.  I would become angry with her for “doing this to me”, when, in fact, she wasn’t doing anything  consciously.

I [...]

Caregiver Wisdom: Reaching the “End of the Road” with Peace & Dignity 

Family Caregiver Alliance

Deciding on the right kind of care for your situation

I get very upset when one kind of caregiving is seen as “better” than other kinds. I have seen person after person (including myself) agonize over a decision to place their loved one in a SNF (skilled nursing facility) with some others expressing pride [...]

Caregiver Wisdom . . . on Control

We Caregivers Are Not the Ones in Control…

I have learned in Caregiving that we Caregivers are not the ones in control.  There is no such thing as control for us.  We don’t make people sick or well, we only help them as they go through either.  So, all we can possibly do is the very [...]

Lessons Learned: Coordinating Physicians and Providers

Family Caregiver Alliance

Last week, Miguel’s father was referred to a physical therapist to help him regain his strength and flexibility after hip surgery.  Miguel added the physical therapist to his growing list of providers who would need to be contacted for additional appointments.  Between making appointments for the primary care doctor, urologist, home care provider, [...]

Caregiver Wisdom: The Really Good Caregiver

Family Caregiver Alliance

From the voice of a family caregiver

Dear Caregivers,

I feel there is a tendency to think that only caregiving at home from the beginning of an illness to the end of someone’s life is the best care.  And somehow that your devotion and love for someone is only measured by how long you can [...]

Caregiving On The Road

Family Caregiver Alliance

In two weeks, Tom and his wife will be hitting the road  to spend a week in their favorite mountain cabin, located a couple of hours away from home. While Tom is excited to get a break from his everyday routine, he still has not decided whether or not his widowed, [...]

The Sandwich Generation: When Caregiver Seems to Be Your Only Role

Family Caregiver Alliance

Brenda has been a stay-at-home mother since she had her first child nearly 10 years ago.  Since her mother’s death last year she has also taken on the role of caring for her 83-year-old father who has been diagnosed with dementia. Between managing the household while her husband works, helping the [...]

Caregiver Health: Can a Change in Lifestyle Help Prevent Dementia?

Family Caregiver Alliance

A few months ago, Amy’s mom passed away after living with Alzheimer’s for nearly five years.  Since the day of her mother’s diagnosis, Amy has lived in fear of one day receiving a dementia diagnosis of her own.  While Amy took pride in being able to care for her mother as her memory [...]