Editor’s note: We couldn’t think of a better way to conclude 30 Days of Caregiving than hearing from family caregivers themselves. We asked family caregivers from FCA’s online support group to write and share their insights, and they generously shared their experiences below. We also took the liberty of putting their posts into wordle- a [...]
November 29, 2011
By Lucy Lazarony
I don’t remember when my mother forgot who I was. But I know she did.
Somewhere along the slowly sloping path of Alzheimer’s disease, she forgot I was her daughter. She forgot what “daughter” meant.
And so I became a friend. A friend that never stopped calling her “Mom.”
It wasn’t always easy to [...]
November 28, 2011
By Sarah Wells, Executive Director, National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
It can be hard to ask for help. I know this first-hand. I’m one of those people who tend to always say “yes”, never “no,” and really want to do things myself. I find it incredibly hard to imagine that someday I [...]
November 27, 2011
By Jenya Cassidy, Labor Project for Working Families
My 92-year-old grandmother recently fainted while walking to get her mail. She fell forward so hard she fractured bones in her face and arm. The fall and the low blood pressure that caused the fall disoriented her to the point where she forgot where [...]
November 24, 2011
By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist, Family Caregiver Alliance
Have you ever wondered why before each plane takes off, a flight attendant prepares adult passengers, in part, by instructing them to put oxygen masks on themselves first and then on children in their care? One reason, of course, is if an adult passes [...]
November 20, 2011
By Liam O’Sullivan, Executive Director, Care Alliance Ireland
While there has been significant progress made in the past 20 years in the provision of state supports for caregivers in Ireland, we know little about the experiences of caregivers after their caring has ceased or changed in nature.
A recent report from Ireland on the [...]
November 22, 2011
By Greg Link, Aging Services Program Specialist, U.S. Administration on Aging
Are you concerned about the well being of a family member or loved one? Do you assist a friend or family member with tasks like bill paying, transportation, grocery shopping, house cleaning, or more complex hands-on care? Do you need help [...]