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10 Tips for Family Caregivers: Richard’s Last 10 Tips

Sleeping-Golden-Retriever-Puppies-Photo-1600x1200We close out our month of 10 Tips a Day with 10 more tips from Richard. You can connect with Richard on his profile: @kreisler.

1) When you go to a medical appointment, take with you as much “new” information with you as possible as possible. The more the doctors know about the current situation, the better off you’ll be.

2) Keep a list of your caree’s doctors, pharmacies, physical therapy centers, etc., with addresses and phone numbers on one sheet of paper or even on your phone.  I list my mom’s on my iPhone so I don’t have to search.

3) Get plenty of rest.
4) Eat a healthy diet and take your vitamins.
5) Get your flu shot and exercise.
6) Make sure you have something you enjoy just for you that doesn’t involve caregiving.
7) Always trust your gut.
8) Be as organized as possible.
9) Keep things simple.
10) Don’t try to make everyone happy because you can’t.

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.


  1. Richard, I just finished your book. Beautiful. Painful Joyous Triumphant. Left me with lots to consider. Lovely.

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    Richard, please tattoo number 10 backwards on my forehead so I can read it every time I look in the mirror. Thank you for all the marvelous tips you have shared over this past month, I have found it amazing that so many people came up with such good tips for all of us caregivers to use. Pretty amazing!

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