Caregiving Articles

  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a caregiver, 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 the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Caregiving Tips from the ‘Horse Whisperer of Dementia’

    Five dementia caregiving tips from Teepa Snow, acclaimed dementia care authority and the newest AgingCare.com Expert.

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  • 4 Caregiving Essentials

    Those who are caring for a loved one, including home health aides, registered nurses and social workers, witness some of the patient's most vulnerable moments. These are a few essential points professionals may see that could easily fly under the radar for family members, friends or even a routine checkup.

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  • Strategies for Getting (and Staying) Organized While Caregiving

    Elder care is a continual learning process, but a few simple organizational techniques can help caregivers relieve stress and use their time more efficiently.

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  • How to Make Tough Decisions as a Caregiver

    A veteran family caregiver outlines several strategies for how to make tough decisions as a caregiver and maintain your sanity while doing so.

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  • The Difference Between Helping and Enabling an Elderly Loved One

    Whether dealing with a difficult personality or addiction, how can you tell the difference between helping and enabling an elderly loved one? A caregiver outlines her strategy for deciding if the assistance being provided is truly helping.

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  • Caregiving Needs to Be a Team Effort

    Family caregivers can't do everything on their own. Putting together a care team that includes doctors, family members, neighbors, friends, and even outsiders can help a caregiver provide better care, build a network of support and avoid burnout.

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  • 11 Things You Should Never Say To a Caregiver

    Even well-intentioned comments and questions can be hurtful when they come from someone who doesn’t understand what caregivers are going through.

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  • LOL: Reduce Caregiver Stress with a Good Laugh

    Caregivers desperately need to decompress and lift their spirits. One way to go about meeting these needs is to teach yourself how to laugh despite the everyday challenges of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Five Questions Family Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

    Is caring for aging parents the right fit for you? How do you know if you can handle the responsibilities and time commitments of caregiving while keeping your own sanity and protecting your other relationships?

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  • The 4 Most Challenging Caregiver Situations

    Caring for aging family members throws many challenges our way. Explore strategies for helping an aging loved one with toileting, bathing, dining out, and navigating public outings as they become part of your regular care routine.

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  • 10 Government Resources Every Caregiver Should Know About

    Federal, state and local governments offer many programs, services and benefits for seniors and their caregivers, but few people know these resources exist or how to access them. This is your go-to guide for getting assistance.

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  • Wise Words from Mum on Living with Dementia

    Caring for Mom: Mum has been steadily declining and is struggling with how to enjoy life despite her growing limitations. Depression and dementia go hand in hand, it seems.

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  • A Caregiver’s Tips: Taking a Vacation When Your Loved One Has Dementia

    Caregiver's need respite, but as our departure date got closer, I became increasingly worried about spending the time away. Based on the success of our experience, I came up with five tips for dementia caregivers who are planning a holiday.

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  • Repetition & Dementia: Navigating Mum’s Question Loop

    Like many other dementia patients, my mother repeatedly asks a handful of complex and emotionally charged questions. This is how I try to set her mind at ease.

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  • When Is it Time to Hire In-Home Care?

    Family members are often responsible for providing seniors with supportive care, but the ability to recognize when it is time to hire outside help is beneficial for everyone involved.

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  • A Caregiver’s Tip: Coping with Dementia Behaviors on Outings

    Memory problems and changes in behavior due to dementia can get you into some sticky situations. As a caregiver, I’ve discovered a simple solution to make outings more successful.

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  • Care Plan 101: Set Yourself Up for Success as a Caregiver

    Get advice on how to discuss long-term care planning, form your care team, create a caregiving strategy with a printable care plan template, get real care plan examples, and find elder care professionals who can help you execute your plan.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    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.

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  • Sex in the Time of Caregiving

    Women are often the primary caregivers for their aging parent(s) or spouse. These responsibilities can weigh heavily on a woman's emotional health and have physical effects as well. Coupled with menopause, intimacy can become especially challenging.

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