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Is the Second Anniversary More Difficult?

My house is torn apart right now. A two-month construction project is well into month five. I’ve been furious about the whole situation but maybe it’s a blessing. I couldn’t host Thanksgiving. I can’t reach the Christmas decorations. There are two large pieces of furniture blocking the door to the closet where they are stored. Our elf […]

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Do You Have a Caregiver Fitbit?

Do you have a Caregiver Fitbit? Of course not. They don’t exist. But you must read this very funny account of life as a caregiver in The New Yorker including how to use your Caregiver Fitbit to earn your Caregiver Sainthood. Enjoy!

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Caregiver News Roundup Dec. 6, 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of caregiver related stories and news from around the web. The Herald-Tribune reports on a new approach to settling eldercare guardianship disputes that Florida’s 12th circuit court is trying. Called eldercaring coordination, it is a conflict resolution method that invites all interested parties together in the hopes they can develop a […]

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The Truth About Siblings and Caregiving

Caregivers and healthcare professionals know, “there’s always one.” In most families there is one sibling who shoulders most of the responsibility for caregiving. It doesn’t matter if you’re one of six or the only child. There’s always one. Sometimes you become ‘the one’ because you are a natural leader or doer. Sometimes the role is yours because, […]

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The Working Daughter Interview: Rena McDaniel

Rena McDaniel is the blogger behind the very useful, very popular site The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver. Rena can’t cook, but she can care! Where and when do you feel most competent? Wow a hard one right off the bat! Okay, I feel the most confident actually when it comes to understanding mom. After 46 years, […]

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The Simple Way to Find Respite Care

You’re stressed. Overwhelmed. Desperately in need of a vacation. “Look into respite care,” friends and family tell you. Respite care is temporary help for your caregiving duties. It can be someone who cares for your family member a few hours a week for several weeks. It can be a senior living facility that takes residents for two […]

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Caregiver News Roundup Nov. 29, 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of caregiver related stories and news from around the web. From The Huffington Post, a note of thanks to caregivers everywhere. Also from The Huffington Post, gift ideas for people with dementia. From the Alzheimer’s Reading Room, helpful tips for reframing your thoughts when caring for someone with […]

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Holiday Hacks for Caregivers

  Reminder: Holidays are supposed to be fun. Yeah right. We’re busy taking care of other people. Our to do lists doubles or triple. And there’s that damn Elf on the Shelf!  But we don’t have to make ourselves crazy – that’s a choice. Choose to relax this season. Here’s how:     Avoid the crowds. […]

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Caregiving and the Holidays: The Stress is Real

Please tell me I’m not the only one who blew up at their family yesterday – over nothing. I was cranky in the morning so my husband tried to do the right thing. He walked over to me and gave me a hug. After twenty-something years of marriage, I finally have him trained. But then […]

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Who Are the Caregivers

Thank you to Home Healthcare Adaptations for sending us this infographic, “Who Are the Caregivers,”  which highlights who the caregivers are, who they care for, and what care they provide. One note of caution: if I were creating this graphic I would change the section titled, “Characteristics of Good Caregivers” to, “Characteristics of Perfect, or Paid, […]

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Give Thanks; Reduce Stress

Happy Thanksgiving! If you’re heading into this holiday season stress-free, you may not be a caregiver. (You may not even be human, for that matter.) The flip side of feasting, visiting, decorating and giving is cleaning, cooking, shopping and family dynamics. When you add all of that to your to-do list which already includes working and caring […]

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Hillary Clinton Proposes Tax Break for Caregivers

In what will hopefully be much more emphasis on caregiving from the presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton proposed a tax credit for caregivers taking care of elderly or disabled family members. From her plan: “Many family members, most often spouses and adult daughters*, spend time out of the workforce, cut back on hours, or use personal […]

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