Caregivers of the elderly bear many responsibilities and are often isolated, which can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and other health and mental issues. Caregivers often feel lonely, overwhelmed and burned out. This website shows how the problems that caregivers face can be alleviated.
Articles About Caregiver Stress
- Maybe It's Not Dementia After All
After my father fell, his dementia seemed to progress rapidly. I learned firsthand that delirium can be a puzzling side effect of hospitalization in people of all ages.
- Top 6 Reasons Caregivers Need Sleep
There are a multitude of reasons why a caregiver needs to prioritize getting a solid amount of shut-eye. Here are 6 reasons why you need to get sleep now.
- Beat Bad Habits By Suppressing Your Stress
Stress can up your chances of developing unhealthy habits. Learn how to be more mindful of the pressures in your life and break bad habits from stress.
- 5 Steps to a Better Night's Sleep
Are you letting stress or worry keep you up at night? Bringing your stress problems into the bedroom can have disastrous results if you're not getting the sleep you need. These tips will help you chase the stress away, and enjoy a restful night of slumber.
- 8 Ways to Stop Stressing Now
Taking care of a parent adds to the stress of daily life and caregivers find themselves burned-out, overwhelmed and looking for an escape.
- It Takes a Village
Remember the saying "It takes a village to raise a child"? That is how I feel about living with a victim of Alzheimer's and dementia.
- 5 Ways to Overcome Mid-Life Regret
Caregivers can be hit especially hard by mid-life regret because of the life-altering decisions they have to make, both for themselves and their loved ones.
- 6 Reasons Why Caregivers Are In a ‘League of Their Own’
Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis,whose career inspired the movie, "A League of Their Own," recently died. She inspired an entire generation of women.
- All Caregivers Have Angry Days
As a caregiver, I know I'm allowed to have an 'angry day' now and again. During those times, I try to remind myself of the little things that Charlie does that I really love.
- The Stress-Management Strategy Dementia Caregivers Should Adopt
What if there was something you could do to simultaneously reduce your stress and slow down the mental decline of your loved one with dementia?
- An Army of One
Look around. Whom do you see? All across the world, in every country, we are there. We are the caregivers. Yet we are alone.
- Thoughts Caregivers are Reluctant to Admit, Even to Themselves
The longer you spend as a caregiver, the more likely you are to experience emotions and thoughts that you're reluctant to admit, even to yourself.
- The Dangers of Broken Heart Syndrome
This rare but dangerous cardiac event often mimics a heart attack. Learn how to better manage strong emotions and stress to avoid serious damage.
- 5 Tips for Keeping Your Brain Healthy While Caregiving
Two brain experts offer important information and tips for keeping your brain healthy while caregiving.
- Find Your 'Stress Busters'
From one caregiver to another, you must develop ways to relieve your stress. Here's how to find what works best for you.
- The One Vehicle I Never Wanted to Drive
Taking my husband to the cancer center for the first time made the disease seem much more real--and terrifying. Still, there was no way to truly prepare for the battle before us.
- 10 Tips for Saving Time and Money
Everyone could use a bit more time in their day, and money in their pocket. Here are 10 simple strategies for making your life less expensive and more streamlined.
- Why Caregivers Lie
Why caregivers lie to their loved ones is the question that a new survey of family caregivers sought to answer. Learn more about the surprising results of AgingCare.com's caregiver survey.
- Where-Oh-Where Has My Filter Gone?
Recently, things have been slipping out of my mouth that are better left unsaid. I am asking myself if we all lose our filter as we age—the filter that keeps hurtful things from coming out at unexpected times.
- Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver: Part I
Navigating my father-in-law's health care over the past few months had been like riding a roller coaster. It seemed like things were getting better, but why was I still so tired, frustrated and hurt?
- Caregivers and Combat Veterans Share a Common Emotional Enemy
Caregivers and combat veterans face trauma and stress on a regular basis. Their daily challenges, though different, can have a similar emotional impact.
- Confessions of an Imperfect Caregiver: Part IV
When someone you love is mentally ill, it can be challenging to figure out who they truly are. I thought I knew my father-in-law after all these years, but a mistake with his medication for schizophrenia left me second-guessing myself.
- 5 Caregiver Relaxation Tips from Nurses in the Know
Here are 5 relaxation tips from nurses who know how to avoid burnout while caring for multiple people with multiple ailments.
- How to “Unplug” from Caregiving
You deserve a break, but how can you avoid spending your respite time worrying about what’s happening at home? Ample planning and a few back-up measures will ensure all your loved one’s needs are met and minimize your anxiety so you can fully enjoy your time away.
- 5 Shirley Temple Songs to Lift Your Spirits
Acclaimed actress, beverage namesake, diplomat; the late Shirley Temple Black wore many hats during her 85 years of life.
- A Book on Caregiving You Won’t Want to Miss
The much-anticipated book arrived a few days ago. Two hours later, I was well into this wonderful series of stories and poetry about caregiving.
- The Special Calendar Every Caregiver Should Keep
Everyone has an emotional calendar that influences how they feel about and approach certain times of the year. Awareness of these connections can allow you to break negative emotional patterns and develop and promote positive ones.
- This Personality Trait Could Double Your Risk of Alzheimer’s
A new study has found that women with certain personality traits may have double the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
- Mixed Feelings in Children who Contribute to Caregiving
Family caregivers have to deal with a variety of different emotions. Both child and adult caregivers may move between positive and painful emotions as they progress along their caregiving journey.
- 13 Theme Songs for Family Caregivers
Tap into the healing power of music with these 13 Theme Songs for Family Caregivers, hand-picked by the heroic men and women caring for elderly loved ones.
- Where the Truth Lies
Dealing with "Al" can be so overwhelming; sometimes I just want someone (or something) to blame for Bob's disease.
- School-Age Kids Face Challenges as Caregivers
Have you seen the commercial that says, "When you are worried about things at home, it's impossible to think about anything else?" This is especially true for school-aged family caregivers.
- Taking a Moment to Celebrate the Good Things about Caregiving
I, like most caregivers, need a sounding board to let off steam. It's either sound off to some anonymous computer screen or sound off to our loved ones. I choose the computer, and you, as the lesser of two evils.
- This Caregiver Needs a Break
I haven't been away from Charlie for more than two hours at a time since July of 2013, but this caregiver needs a break.
- Learning to Ask for Help When Dementia Care Becomes Too Much
I had trouble learning how to ask for help when Charlie's dementia care became too much for me to handle.
- 7 Ways Caregivers Can Make Time for Happiness
Caregivers can make time for happiness, even if they're looking after a loved one with constant care needs. Here are 7 ways to honor your need for happiness.
- Are Caregivers at Higher Risk for Fibromyalgia?
Caregivers are under a tremendous amount of physical strain and stress. Does caregiving lead to fibromyalgia, a painful condition that causes long-term, body-wide pain?
- 10 Signs of Caregiver Stress
Learn to recognize these signs and discover coping strategies for controlling stress while caring for your loved one. If you don’t care for yourself, who will?
- Yoga for Caregivers: The Natural Way to Relieve Stress & Pain
Yoga can help caregivers relieve their stress and ease the pain you have from taking care of an elderly parent daily.
- 6 Surprising Ways to Instantly Lower Stress
Do you feel stressed out? Here are some surprising (and quick) ways to instantly let go of stress.
- Sick with Worry: How Thoughts Affect Your Health
Worrying causes serious health problems. Here are 15 health conditions that are caused by too much stress.
- Anxiety Busters: 5 Ways to Overcome Your Anxiety
Can caregivers get anxiety from too much stress? Yes, anxiety can occur when you feel stressed, worried or overwhelmed. Here is how caregivers can recognize the triggers of anxiety, stop worrying and reduce stress in daily life.
- 6 Secret At-Home Stress Relievers
De-stress at home. No need to spend tons of money or time to de-stress. Here are six things that are probably lying around your house right now, that can help you unwind and de-stress.
- Sharpen Your People Skills and Become a Better Caregiver
Developing good people skills helps caregivers communicate more effectively with medical professionals, care providers, siblings – and especially elderly parents who have their own ideas and opinions about their lives and care.