Category: Care of the Caregiver

Acknowledging You Need Assistance

Acknowledging You Need Assistance

As caregivers, we sometimes become so involved in the day-to-day efforts to keep things going we may forget to let others know we need additional assistance with providing care, or just need a break from the work of caring for someone. Some ways to make your needs known include: Work Options. If you are amore>>

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Long-Distance Caregiving: Tips for Success

Long-Distance Caregiving: Tips for Success

Long-distance caregiving presents unique challenges. If you find yourself in the long-distance caregiving role, here is a summary of things to keep in mind. Know What You Need to Know Experienced caregivers recommend that you learn as much as you can about your family member or friend’s illness, medicines, and resources that might be available.more>>

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What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One?

What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One?

The decision this writer made and how she came to terms with it By Jill Smolowe After the death of a loved one, the bereaved face painful “What do I do with …” decisions. What do I do with my spouse’s clothes? (Give them to friends? Relatives? Goodwill?) What do I do with my parents’more>>

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Coping With Lonliness

Coping With Lonliness

Loneliness is a natural part of grief.  And it is one of the more trying aspects of accepting a loss.  When a loved one dies, a hole is left that no one and nothing else can fill.  It is as if no one else can know or understand. The intense and mixed feelings of griefmore>>

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Self-Compassion in Chronic Illness

Self-Compassion in Chronic Illness

By Katie Willard Virant, MSW, JD., LMSW Chronically Me  A dose of kindness for improved health.  It’s easy to like ourselves when things are going well in our lives. We feel competent, friendly, smart and upbeat.  When we’re struggling with illness, though, our self-esteem can plummet.  We may see ourselves as slow, irritable, unlovable and stuck.more>>

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A Late-Life Surprise: Caregiving for Frail, Aging Parents

A Late-Life Surprise: Caregiving for Frail, Aging Parents

Increasingly, people in their 60s and 70s are assisting their moms and dads By Judith Graham  (This article appeared previously on the website Kaiser Health News.) “This won’t go on for very long,” Sharon Hall said to herself when she invited her elderly mother, who’d suffered several small strokes, to live with her. That was five yearsmore>>

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Caregiving: Facing the Challenges

Caregiving: Facing the Challenges

By Johanna Turner With an aging population and a dwindling pool of family members available to care for them, increasing numbers of Americans now find themselves in the role of caregiver. Much has been written about the significant challenges of caring for chronically ill family members or those with dementia, but the realities of caringmore>>

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The Value of Sitting With Your Pain

The Value of Sitting With Your Pain

If pain is inevitable, how can suffering be optional?  By Jill Smolowe  She thought this chapter of her past was closed. So, when an ancient, painful relationship recently roared back into my friend’s life, stirring up old and ugly feelings, she began to worry she was coming unglued. “I swore I’d never be here again,”more>>

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Helping Someone Who’s Grieving

Helping Someone Who’s Grieving

  What to Say and How to Comfort Others Through Bereavement, Grief, and Loss When someone you care about is grieving after a loss, it can be difficult to know what to say or do. You may be afraid of intruding, saying the wrong thing, or making your loved one feel even worse. Or maybemore>>

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7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care as You Age

7 Ways to Step Up Your Self-Care as You Age

 By Patricia Corrigan  How do you cope with aging? I’ve been thinking about that question since first exploring it two years ago on Next Avenue. This time, I was prompted to add to my list after a rather unusual conversation with my doctor. Below are seven of my self-care “do’s.” What are yours? 1. Get off the medicalmore>>

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