Coping Remotely: How to Cope While Being Isolated From Your Caregiving Team by Guest Blogger Matthew Ruchie

“Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss often is given by parents to their children upon high school graduation.  The book offers wisdom to individuals entering adulthood as they navigate new challenges and life events.  Often, I think back to warm memories of receiving this book upon my graduation before I left for a career in…

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Four Strategies for Involving Kids and Young Adults in Caregiving: Guest Blog by Jannette Escobar, Intern

The stress of caregiving can be overwhelming for both the caregiver(s) and those in need of care. Intergenerational activities (two different generations coming together for one purpose) can ease the burden of caregiving. Often family caregivers assume that children can’t participate in the process, but they can and should. Intergenerational activities provide a means for…

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Whose Fault Is Violence In Dementia? How To Decrease Their Aggression And Your Stress Level

A big stressor while caring for someone who has dementia is when that person becomes verbally or physically aggressive.  Both professional and family caregivers find this unexpected, scary and extremely stressful.  But frequently when a person with dementia becomes violent it is actually our fault. While it may feel uncomfortable to cast blame on a…

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The Stress of Covid-19 Policies And Breaking Promises

Most people don’t make promises with the plan to ever break them. But with good intentions, many caregivers often make promises to their older loved ones that are difficult, if not impossible, to keep. Such promises include statements like: I will never…put you in a nursing home. I will never…let strangers take care of you.…

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Who “Owes” You, Working Caregivers?

Working caregivers often describe feeling like they are walking a tightrope. Managing a career, planning their own financial future while balancing the needs of kids and older loved ones is overwhelming for even the most organized person. In order to survive, working caregivers must become comfortable with the concept of asking for help. Often when…

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