Marriage & Caregiving Articles
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.9 Comments
My Wife’s Alzheimer's Transformed Our 40-Year Marriage
When my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, we thought our life, as we knew it, was over. But we've encountered some unexpected blessings along the way.4 Comments
Caregiving's Toll on Marriage: A Personal Story
Taking care of a husband with cancer while raising three kids younger than ten was a future I never expected when we first said "I do."6 Comments
The Best Ways to Support a Caregiving Spouse
When a spouse becomes a family caregiver for an aging or ill loved one, it can affect the marital relationship. As you brave this adjustment together, use these tips to show your husband or wife what you’re made of and how much your marriage means to you.4 Comments
11 Ways to Keep Your Marriage Healthy While Caregiving
The strain of caring for an aging parent can take a serious toll on caregivers’ relationships with their significant others. These tips can help keep your relationship strong and keep caregiving from overwhelming the both of you.5 Comments
My Husband Has Dementia: Another Day With Charlie
My husband has dementia. I have mixed feelings every time I hear his cane hit the floor in the morning. I dread the day that I can no longer cope and he has to go into long-term care.5 Comments
Dementia Poses Unique Intimacy Challenges for Spousal Caregivers
Caring for a spouse with dementia forever changes the nature of your relationship. How do you cope when your husband's personality has changed, or your wife doesn’t remember you or your life together?0 Comments
Thoughts Caregivers are Reluctant to Admit, Even to Themselves
The longer you spend caring for an ill or aging spouse, the more likely you are to experience emotions and thoughts that you're reluctant to admit, even to yourself.6 Comments
Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing?
Many independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers can accommodate senior couples who wish to live together, even if each spouse has different care needs.8 Comments
Medicaid Divorce: Is it a Viable Planning Option?
Medicaid forces a couple to divest themselves of the assets that they had planned to use for their retirement or to pass on to their family. When it comes to Medicaid planning, in some cases a couple may be better off financially if they're divorced.7 Comments
How Does a Domestic Partnership Affect Medicaid Eligibility?
There are countless facets involved in determining if a person if eligible for Medicaid, but relationship status does have an impact. If you think you or your loved one may eventually need Medicaid, be sure to take your marital status into consideration.3 Comments
Will I Forget You? Dementia and Marriage
You hear couples tell one another this all the time. We will grow old together and will always be there for each other. But what happens when one partner gets dementia?5 Comments
When Wives Fall Ill, Divorce May Follow
When a wife comes down with a serious illness (such as cancer or heart disease) even longtime couples are more likely to divorce, a new study reveals.18 Comments
Timeless (and Hilarious) Dating Advice from Older Adults
Still searching for that special someone? This heartwarming video of dating advice from older adults just might help you make the love connection you've been longing for.7 Comments
The Miracle of ‘Finding’ Lost Memories
My wife and I have been together almost forty-five years, and so often I forget the beauty between us. Every once in a while, though, it will suddenly break through, in spite of Alzheimer's.6 Comments
Love & Jealousy; Community & Isolation
I've been reflecting on how Alzheimer's might affect my future--especially my relationship with my wife and loved ones.1 Comment
5 Love Stories That Could Make Cupid Cry
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these real-life love stories from AgingCare members. Which one tugs at your heartstrings?6 Comments
Wedding Bells: Elderly Marriages Can Have Financial Ramifications
The likelihood that a spouse will need nursing home care increases in later years. In some cases, the healthy spouse is legally responsible for paying nursing home costs with their own assets, regardless of how long they've been married.1 Comment
If I divorce my husband, will he be eligible for Medicaid?
Sometimes couples are willing to take the big step of obtaining a divorce in order to protect their assets, so that the ill spouse can qualify for Medicaid without impoverishing the well spouse.12 Comments
Can couples “share” long-term care insurance?
Some long term care insurers offer policies where two people share one pool of benefits, known as "shared care" policies.2 Comments