I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Jane

I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Jane

(Editor's Note: We begin a campaign today to bring awareness to family caregivers--to show that family caregivers are all around us. We …

Tell Us: What’s Your Shawshank Redemption?

Tell Us: What’s Your Shawshank Redemption?

Several years ago, we had a conversation about movies on the website. One of our members who cared for his mom suggested the movie, "The …

In Six Words, What’s a Lazy Caregiving Day?

In Six Words, What’s a Lazy Caregiving Day?

My parents just bought a new car, which has brought them a great deal of happiness. They are over the moon with their red compact …

“I Am a Family Caregiver, I Am _______”

“I Am a Family Caregiver, I Am _______”

I received an email this morning with the headline, "I Am Not..."I didn't open the message because I'm not interested in "not." I am …

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Our “I Am a Family Caregiver” Campaign

Our “I Am a Family Caregiver” Campaign

Last night, I shared our first profile (Jane, who cares for her daughter) in our "I Am a Family Caregiver" campaign.I've been participating in discussions recently with employers, social service …

Branding Fear, Sidestepping the True Challenge

Branding Fear, Sidestepping the True Challenge

@PearLady brought the latest Life Alert commercial to my attention yesterday. She writes:"I can’t even get through the darn thing and I’m doing an immediate check afterward. Of course, …

My First Post: My Husband Is in a Personal Care Home

My First Post: My Husband Is in a Personal Care Home

(Editor's Note: Tonight we welcome Darla, to our blogging team. You can connect with Darla on her profile page: @darla233.)This (blogging) is a new endeavor for me. My husband Myron has been in a …

Another Week Gone

Another Week Gone

I hate when I get sick--it puts so much pressure on my hubby. I started with a cough on Sunday night' by Monday night I had lost my voice again. Do you know how hard it is to argue with an …

Robert Is Back Home!

Robert Is Back Home!

After nearly two weeks in the hospital and 48 days in a Skilled Nursing facility, Robert is home!For weeks I wondered if he would be able to come home or even if I could continue to care for …

Back to School

Back to School

Last week was back to school for me at the college where I teach part-time. I teach English at a technical college, and I meet a lot of students who are going into a healthcare profession, often …

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I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Jane

I Am a Family Caregiver: Meet Jane

(Editor's Note: We begin a campaign today to bring awareness to family caregivers--to show that family caregivers are all around us. We want our communities, including our families, our local …

Video Chat: Gaining Courage During Caregiving

Video Chat: Gaining Courage During Caregiving

Join us for a our Friday video chat on August 29 at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT). @tneumann, who cares for her son, joins me to talk about how the courage she's gained during caregiving has given …

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

The summers of 2012 and 2013 were Nancy's bike-less summers.Nancy loves to ride her bike. She loves how productive riding her bike feels--she's propelling herself, literally transporting herself …

“Once Upon A Time” Is on Summer Hiatus

“Once Upon A Time” Is on Summer Hiatus

My husband is a gift, and a natural when it comes to dementia. With a creative mind so "out there", he can exist with a small leap in my mother's convoluted, complex world. He tirelessly engages her …

The Burrito Generation

The Burrito Generation

"The enemy is in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides... they can't get away from us now."  Marine General Chesty Puller Chipotle restaurant recently opened a store in my …

Judge Not

Judge Not

Judge Not . . .When I had a baby, it seemed like I couldn't get into any conversation about parenting without having to take a side in the Mommy Wars. I encountered so much defensiveness and …

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Happiness Project: September Action

Happiness Project: September Action

With September’s arrival, we look to new beginnings. September feels like a month about starting.So, for this month, let’s begin by weeding. Yes, weeding. Let's weed out what no longer works, …

CAS: Show Us Your Favorite Place

CAS: Show Us Your Favorite Place

We begin Week Thirteen of our Caregiving Art Show (CAS) contest today!Each Friday, I’ll share a prompt to help you create art (whatever art is to you). During the next week, create your art, …

Get Your Care Plan: Week of Aug. 31

Get Your Care Plan: Week of Aug. 31

Every Thursday, we have a care plan ready for you so you’re ready on Sunday to implement your plan.Each care plan also includes an intention to build on what you do well. In our care plan, we …

Next: Place, Music, Holiday

Next: Place, Music, Holiday

Our next three words for our Community Caregiving Journal are:Place Music HolidayYou can write about each separately in three separate posts. You can write about all three in one post. You …

CAS: Show Us Your Night

CAS: Show Us Your Night

We begin Week Twelve of our Caregiving Art Show (CAS) contest today!Each Friday, I’ll share a prompt to help you create art (whatever art is to you). During the next week, create your art, take …

Get Your Care Plan: Week of Aug. 22

Get Your Care Plan: Week of Aug. 22

Every Thursday, we have a care plan ready for you so you’re ready on Sunday to implement your plan.Each care plan also includes an intention to build on what you do well. In our care plan, we …