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Arts and Crafts as Self Care for Caregivers
Ways crafts can be used to enhance your time as a caregiver: destress, create group projects and involve children and elders together.

Why Seniors Need to Stay Dehydrated During the Summer
Caregivers of the elderly and the sick can take action to ensure these vulnerable people get enough water during the summertime and other warm months.

Confrontations: 3 Ways to Avoid Them in Caregiving
Conflict in caregiving rarely results in anything positive. Learn how to avoid or reduce it conflict in common caregiving scenarios.

Crossing the Line In Caregiving: 10 Ways to Prevent It
During caregiving conflicts, we often step over lines. Here are 10 suggestions you can use to avoid crossing the threshold.

9 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Care Facility
We often are forced to select a caregiving facility for our loved one during a crisis. Here are 9 questions to ask before placement is needed.

What Caregivers Should Know About Chronic Pain
Living with chronic pain can result in a grudging acceptance of a less than positive lifestyle or learning how to cope.

Caring for the Cancer Patient
The world of someone living with cancer differs from the world of the people not living with cancer. Learn more about how to care for cancer patients.

Caregiving: What He Says and Means is Different
Caregivers often rely on what their loved ones say as an accurate expression of needs. Often, it isn't so easy to understand what they are trying to say.

Caregivers: You're Doing The Best You Can
Caregivers do the best given the circumstances. There is no reason to feel guilty about being unable to change circumstances beyond our control.

Jimmy Carter's Cancer: Three Important Lessons
Jimmy Carter's revelation he has stage IV cancer provides three lessons, none of which were acknowledged by cable news commentators.

Imagine Being Donald Trump's Caregiver
Imagine you're caring for someone as arrogant and unappreciative as Donald Trump. Worse, this person is your loved one.

How to Discuss Frightening Topics
Difficult conversations become more acceptable when the timing is right. Learn more about how to approach tough topics.

Five ways to help loved ones adjust to Chronic Illness
There are many things caregivers can do to help a loved one adjust to chronic illness. Learn more so you can help during this difficult time.

5 Ways to Decrease Caregiving Worries
Worry is a part of caregiving life, but it doesn't have to be overwhelming. Here are 5 ways to manage your concerns.

Five Strategies to Relieve a Loved Ones' Travel Anxiety
Quickly learn five strategies to Reduce a Love Ones' Travel Anxiety. None are difficult and each will allow your loved ones to feel more in control.

Coping With Anger: Substitute Forgiveness With Understanding
Anger is one of the most destructive emotions. Reduce or eliminate it by substituting understanding for forgiveness.

6 Things Death Can Teach Us About Life
The stigma around death makes it an uncomfortable and scary topic, but looking past that can teach you these valuable lessons about life.

Using Songs to Reach Loved Ones with Dementia
Reaching out emotionally to a loved one with dementia can be difficult; music can help

Selecting a Care Facility: 14 Questions Requiring Answers
Placement decisions in nursing homes are often made during a crisis situation. Search them out before they are needed and ask 14 questions.

When Less is More : Three Strategies for Preventing Caregiver Stress
We want to alleviate the emotional and psychological pain of the person for whom we are caring. The mistake is believing “doing more” is the solution. In caregiving, as in writing, sometimes less is more.

Change: How to Delay Cognitive and Emotional Decline
Cognitive decline and depression can be reduced by constantly changing the stimuli in your loved one's world.

Caregivers as Collateral Damage
Caregivers can become collateral damage for a loved one's anger. Don't take it personally.

Caregiver Abuse: Is It Caused By Illness or Personality?
It's difficult differentiating historical abusive behaviors from ones caused by an illness

Caregiver's Pesky Memories
Caregivers are often haunted by memories of what their life was like before assuming caregiving responsibilities

An uninvited guest makes us uncomfortable as does death
We view death with the same anathema as the strange uncle who comes uninvited to a family gathering.

Disorientation: Why It's More Devastating Than the Loss of Words
We try to parse diagnostic data into fine distinctions, thinking it will result in better care for loved ones with dementia, but it doesn't always. Learn the guidelines for reducing disorientation.

Caregiving and Assisted Death
Witnessing the intractable pain of a loved one is difficult when you know nothing can be done.What will you do if they ask you to help them die?

Comfort Zones: Instant Stress Reduction
Simple comfort zones can be used for instantaneous stress reduction

Five Things to Do When Apologies Won't Work
Sometimes apologies won't work. It's best to think about consequences before attacking.

Caregiving: How to Take the Wobble Out of Our Minds
Simple meditation is a better solution than many typical stress-reducing activities. There is nothing inherently religious or spiritual about meditation. As the Buddhist monk said, “it’s just a tool,” but one more beneficial than most.

Five Caregiving Priorities: Knowing What’s Important
Successful caregiving requires the establishment of five caregiving priorities.

Caregiver Anger, Guilt and Remorse
Caregivers are the recipients of unprovoked outbursts from loved ones. The attacks are not personal, but rather an expression of loss.

Ancillary Services for Your Loved One: When Is Time to Stop?
We often ignore our loved one's daily needs when determining what ancillary services to use.

Conversational Bullying: Unintended Destruction of Relationships
Conversational bullying may win a battle but will destroy relationships. Determine if you are one by analyzing your conversations

A Cancer Diagnosis: A Chaotic Journey
A cancer diagnosis is chaotic; creating more unknowns than knowns. Caregivers should expect chaos rather than stability.

Why Caregivers Need to Adapt
Why caregivers need to adapt to circumstances and aging

How would you handle being a caregiver three times?
Many of us wonder what it would be like to become a caregiver. Rarely do we anticipate doing it for a second or third time.

The Dance of Dementia
Dealing with a relative who has dementia can be painful unless you can retrieve good memories. In her story, Judy Unger shares memories of her mother.

Caregiving: When is it Time to Step Back?
Caregiving involves choices between your needs and those of a loved one. Here are four questions to ask when deciding to become less or more involved

The Goal of Caregiving: Creating a Better Day
Caregivers should choice manageable, small goals rather than grand ones that have little possibility of being met.

Who Goes First? Preparing for a Loved One's death
When a loved one dies unexpectedly, we not only mourn their loss, but also regret what we failed to tell her.

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When the Mind Wonders: Aging, Illness, and Dementia
Cognitive problems can come from many sources: deterioration of the brain, the illness, drugs and emotions.

Why Caregivers Shouldn’t Expect Stability
Caregivers shouldn't expect stability. If they do, they will be continually disappointed. Without the expectation, disappointment is less likely.

Why Caregivers Should Avoid Conflict
Conflict rarely if ever serves a useful purpose in caregiving

Why Change is Difficult for Caregivers
We fear change even though we say it's welcomed. Movement is from what is known to what is unknown

Why Caregivers Should Withhold Judgments
We often judge behaviors without first observing what preceded it, occurred simultaneously, and happened after the event-a formula for distortion.

Why Loved Ones Reject “Good” Advice
Loved ones make disastrous choices despite our input. Poor choices are even more troubling if it involves caregiving. Learn how to reduce the impact.

Caregiving results in benefits to the caregiver
Caregiver experiences contribute much to the knowledge base of how to provide care to loved ones.

Lessons of Caregiving
Some of the best advice on caregiving comes from the experience of caregivers


A Caregiver Speaks: Dee Simon
An interview with the caregiver of a parent with a long history of alcoholism and abusive behavior

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