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Both family caregivers and seniors may benefit from a little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and PTSD that can occur after a parent or spouse passes away.

Dementia-related behaviors can wear on even the most level-headed caregiver. Instead of feeling guilty after lashing out, be honest with yourself and do whatever it takes to ensure it won’t happen again.

Do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burnout and see what resources can help reduce your strain.

Trying to please someone with memory issues can seem like a losing battle. Many caregivers bend over backwards for their loved ones only to have their efforts fail or fall short. Perseverance and attentiveness to their needs are crucial in these trying situations.

It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

Caregivers of aging relatives are inevitably confronted by grief as they look after their loved ones, which is why it's so important to learn how to take care of yourself while grieving.

Many caregivers tend to lose sight of their value during long, difficult stints of providing care for those they love. Learn how to break out of this damaging mindset and assert your worth with these dos and don’ts.

AgingCare's State of Caregiving survey polled more than 3,300 family caregivers to gain insight into the demographics, financial circumstances, living situations and support systems of America's family caregivers.

Difficult emotions like guilt often bubble up when facing the need to hire in-home care for a senior. Fortunately, there are steps family caregivers can take to restore balance in their lives and feel at peace with the decision to hire help.

Even when caregivers have access to help, many still come up with excuses to actively refuse assistance. Opening up to the possibility of accepting support ensures you can have a life apart from the needs of your care receiver.

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.

A story that proves it's normal to have a hard time visiting a loved one in a nursing home--and why it's so important to face your misgivings head-on.

You deserve a break, but how can you avoid spending your respite time worrying about what’s happening at home? Ample planning will ensure your loved one’s needs are met and minimize your anxiety, allowing you to fully disconnect.

I have mixed feelings every time I hear Charlie's cane hit the floor in the morning.

Caregivers and combat veterans face trauma and stress on a regular basis. Their daily challenges, though different, can have a similar emotional impact.

No one wants to feel sad, anxious, afraid, or angry. But this attitude can make it difficult to tease out the advantages of being subjected to these emotions. The first step to finding the positive in the negative.

It's easy for anyone to become consumed by negative thought patterns--let alone someone who spends their days looking after a loved one. Mental cycles of anger, guilt, and sadness can be challenging to handle, but caregivers can learn how to overcome guilt while caregiving.

Those with NPD tendencies are so caught up in themselves that they have a limited ability to love other people, understand their perspectives or value their emotions. Accepting this reality will help you come to terms with your uniquely difficult caregiving role, alter your expectations and set boundaries with your care recipient.

The next generation of long term care options are transforming the way nursing homes and assisted living communities approach the issue of long-term care for the elderly.

The decision to put your parent in a nursing home makes caregivers feel guilty and makes caregivers start to wonder if putting their parent in a nursing home was the right decision. How do you cope if you think putting your parent in a nursing home was a mistake?