Is It Safe for Mom to Live Alone?

Helping Mom Take Her Medicine

It’s not easy coming to terms with the fact that a parent’s health is declining. Parents often are reluctant to admit they may need help or that they can’t continue to take care of themselves and the house the way they once did. If you notice mail piling up, dishes stacked in the sink, or…

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5 Signs You May Need to Talk to Someone

Woman comforting a caregiver

Caregivers are among the most compassionate and dedicated people we know. The very characteristics that could make someone great at caregiving could also place them at risk. Why? Because caregiving is not only physically demanding, but it also can be mentally draining. And many times caregivers are so caught up in caring for their loved…

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4 Ways to Help Struggling Caregivers

Help a stressed caregiver

As the U.S. population continues to grow older and live longer, many people find themselves providing for the caregiving needs of aging parents, children with disabilities, or even family friends. As this trend increases, so does the amount of stress that family caregivers face each day. According to a recent AARP report on the state…

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Millennials Are Stepping Up as Caregivers

Daughter Bringing Groceries to Older Mom

The profile of caregivers is changing, and more young people are stepping up to care for aging parents and grandparents. A 2020 AARP survey found that 1 in 4 family caregivers are millennials.

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Caregivers’ Mental Health: Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Caregiver Stress and Anxiety

There’s a reason flight attendants tell us to put on our oxygen masks first before helping others. The simple fact is, if we run out of oxygen, we’re not going to be able to help anyone else. It’s a great metaphor for caregivers to follow. Too often caregivers put the needs of everyone else before…

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Do You Trust Me?

Daughter Having Serious Conversation with Senior Mother

When Caregivers Have to Make Difficult Decisions for Their Parents When was the last time you were faced with making a tough decision? What do you remember feeling? Were you nervous? Tense? Anxious? What about hesitant? Whether the decision is about a change in career, a long distance move, a financial investment, or grappling with…

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The Importance of Touch

Importance of Touch

Have you ever thought about the importance of touch? Author Paula Cocozza states, “The pleasantness [of touch] encourages us to keep touching, nourishes babies and binds adults, and threads wellbeing into the fabric of our being.” We don’t think twice to hug our children when they’re crying, and it’s therapeutic to pet our dogs when…

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Communication Tips for a Loved One with Dementia

Communicating with person Dementia

Communication—both verbal and nonverbal—is intrinsic to the human experience. Effective communication, however, far from being an innate trait, is a learned skill. Throughout our lifetime, social environments (i.e. parents, teachers, friends, jobs, and other life experiences) shape our understanding of the world and determine the ways in which we express ourselves. These thoughts and patterns…

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Millennial Caregivers Among Most Stressed, Study Finds

Millenial Caregivers

Many of us – in fact, most of us – will feel the effects of caregiving at some point in our lives, regardless of our background, socioeconomic status or location. We may find ourselves caring for a loved one, or we could end up relying on our loved ones to care for us. Though this…

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10 Tips From Experienced Caregivers

Tips Experienced Caregivers

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experiences,” wrote American physician and author, Oliver Wendell Holmes. What does this have to do with caregiving? Well, similar to an abstract painting in an art gallery, Holmes’ quote encourages us to think. It’s a conversation piece. Just as an abstract painting isn’t bound to one meaning,…

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