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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  • 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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  • Five Questions All Caregivers Should Ask Themselves

    Is caring for mom and did right for you? What should you know about caregiving? 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Take Care of Yourself While Grieving

    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.

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  • How and When to Update a Senior’s Care Plan

    Once a care plan has been established, it should be reviewed and updated periodically in order to ensure its effectiveness for both the senior and their caregiver.

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  • Hiring Home Care: 5 Qualities to Look for in a Professional Caregiver

    The first step in hiring in-home care is to research, consult with, and select a reputable home care company. When it's time to screen professional caregivers, include these 5 important attributes in your search for the right match.

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  • “Elderspeak” Can Be Detrimental to Seniors’ Mental and Physical Health

    Most caregivers who use elderspeak do so with the goal of enhancing interactions with their elders, not degrading them. However, “endearing” pet names and juvenile turns of phrase can erode a senior’s self-esteem and breed resentment.

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  • Adult Day Care Guards Against Caregiver Stress

    Adult day care is an often underused service by those taking care of elderly loved ones. For dementia caregivers, utilizing adult day care services may help significantly reduce caregiving stress.

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  • Is Using Validation for Dementia Calming or Condescending?

    People in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often live in an altered reality. Validating a loved one’s perceptions via “therapeutic fibbing” can be the kindest, most respectful way to handle hallucinations and delusions.

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