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Poll: How Would You Like Technology to Help You?

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Yesterday, I participated an event in Palo Alto, Calif., to discuss how technology can help family caregivers. The National Alliance for Caregiving (the “Alliance”), in partnership with Rajiv Mehta of Bhageera Consulting and Richard Adler of People & Technology, sponsored the event, “Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregivers.” As a result of the meeting, the Alliance will release a White Paper, which I’ll share with you when published, to raise awareness of how to develop ... Read More »

Tell Us: Do You Want to Know the Final Departure Time?

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This morning, I wrote a weekly comfort called Depart, which talks about making memories. We can’t know the day and time of a caree’s final departure–we can only do our best to make today count. Which makes me wonder: Do you want to know the day and time of the final departure? Would you want to know when death will arrive–for your caree, for yourself or for other family members? What are the advantages of ... Read More »

What’s Your Color Today?

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How are you feeling today? We’d love to know; just complete our poll, below. And, if you’d like, share how you’re feeling (and why) in our comments section. (If you choose “Other” in our poll, please write in your own answer in the blank field.) Today, My Color Is… Related Articles After the Dementia Diagnosis: What Now? (caregiving.com) Write (caregiving.com) Poll: Would You Take a Position as Family Care Manager? (caregiving.com) A Caree Shares His ... Read More »

Poll: Would You Take a Position as Family Care Manager?

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Yesterday, I wrote a post exploring the idea of a designated family caregiver in every family. (Read “The Future of Caregiving: A Designated Family Caregiver?“) In essences, families pool their money to hire another family member to be that family unit’s primary family caregiver. I call this position a Family Care Manager. Today, I’d love to know if this position appeals to you. For the purposes of this poll, please make some assume that your ... Read More »

Where Do You Shop for Caregiving Supplies?

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About eight years ago, I met with a larger retailer (think bull’s-eye) and an incontinence product manufacturer. The manufacturer suggested that the retailer become a more attractive shopping experience for family caregivers and asked me to meet with their staff to share ideas. We talked about products to add and a store layout to modify so shopping with a caree in a wheelchair could be easier. Nothing changed in the stores as a result of ... Read More »

Poll: Does Your Doctor Know You Are a Family Caregiver?

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I’ve been enjoying Trish‘s comments to my post, “A Theme for You.” Each of her comments has given me food for thought. Her last comment also gave me the idea for this week’s poll. I wonder: Does your doctor know you are a family caregiver? Meaning, have you told your doctor that you care for a member of your friend or for a friend? Please vote in our poll, below. And, if you have additional ... Read More »

How Do You Rate Against Non-Caregiving Peers?

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The New York Times Old Age blog featured an interesting story yesterday (Caregiving’s Hidden Benefits). Caregiving has some interesting benefits. Consider: 1. Family caregivers have a lower mortality rate than non-caregivers. 2. Family caregivers are physically stronger than non-caregivers. 3. Family caregivers scored better on memory tests than non-caregivers. 4. Caregiving can lengthen your life. (You can listen to my 2009 talk show interview with the researcher who research offered this conclusion here.) Let’s do ... Read More »

Poll: What’s Caregiving’s Worst Side Effect?

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It would be wonderful if caregiving came wrapped with a label, like the one the pharmacist attaches to all medications, listing all its possible side effects: Caregiving can cause weight gain. Caregiving can make friends and family disappear. Caregiving can interfere with your ability to enjoy down time. So, in this week’s poll, I’d love to know: What’s the worst side effect of caregiving? Please vote (you can choose as many options as you’d like) ... Read More »

When Was Your Last Day Off?

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In the summer, we all think of vacation, a break, a day off. I wonder, though: How often can you take a day off? Please vote in our poll, below, and share any additional thoughts in our comments section. Resources We’re taking submissions for our Caregiving Art Show and our Help book! Be sure to share your art and your story with the world. Our 2011 Family Caregiver Survey report offers a snapshot into the ... Read More »

Poll: Do You Get Proper Nutrition?

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Statistics released yesterday show that Americans continue to put on the pounds. “In the last 15 years, the report said, adult obesity rates have doubled or nearly doubled in 17 states,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “Two decades ago, not a single state had an obesity rate above 15%. Now all states do.” In light of this research, we ask in this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com: Do you and your caree receive ... Read More »

Hospice vs Traditional Medicine

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Reading Shandi’s posts I couldn’t help but notice this one particular line: “Hospice amazing, the medical support I’ve looked for all year” I’ve not experienced hospice directly but the overwhelming majority of accounts that I read and hear say the same thing.  It begs the question, Why? Is it that with hospice finally comes a much longed for focus more on the patient and family and away from the disease? What is it that Hospice gets right that traditional ... Read More »

Poll: Trouble Paying for Care?

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The worry about money can be make the days long and nights even longer. In this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com, we wonder: Have you had difficulty paying for your caree’s care? Please vote and share your comments, below. Have You Ever Had Trouble Paying for Your Caree’s Care?survey software Resources Caregiving Comforts, quick listens to bring comfort; listen here. Related Articles Poll: Do You Get Help So You Can Take a Break? ... Read More »

Poll: Do You Get Help So You Can Take a Break?

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In this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com, we ask about whether or not you get hire (hired or volunteer) so that you can take a break from caregiving. Please vote below and share any additional thoughts in our comments section, below. Do you get help so you can take a break?customer surveys Updates Today is Liliana Day! We’re helping Liliana go back to school. You can help, too. Read her story and donate ... Read More »

Poll: What Would You Like the MD to Ask YOU?

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You have a relationship with your caree’s physician, but often it can feel one-sided. You ask, he or she answers. Wouldn’t it be great if the doctor took time to ask you? In this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com, we ask: What would you like the doctor to ask you? Vote below and share any additional thoughts in our comments section. What Would You Like the Doctor to Ask You?Market Research Read More »

Poll: The Toughest Talk

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This week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com asks: What was the most difficult conversation with your caree? Please vote below and share in our comments section. What Was the Most Difficult Conversation With Your Caree?Market Research Related Articles Poll: Does Your Employer Provide Flexibility? (caregiving.com) Poll: What’s Hard to Accept? (caregiving.com) Read More »

Poll: Does Your Employer Provide Flexibility?

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Working and caregiving can be tough to mix: They both are full-time jobs. In this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com, we ask: Does your employer provide the flexibility you need? Please vote and feel free to share your stories in our comments section. Does Your Employer Provide the Flexibility You Need as a Caregiver?survey software Related Articles When Have You Suffered in Caregiving? (caregiving.com) Poll: Do You Have a Caregiving Back-Up Plan? (caregiving.com) ... Read More »

Poll: What’s Hard to Accept?

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In yesterday’s free webinar, “Surviving Caregiving: The Power of Acceptance,” we looked at ways to move to acceptance so that caregiving seems doable rather than just plain awful. So, in this week’s poll, I wonder: What’s hard to accept? Please vote in our poll below and feel free to share your thoughts in our comments section. (You can listen to a recording of our webinar here.) What’s Hard to Accept?online surveys Related Articles Poll: Do ... Read More »

Poll: Do You Have a Caregiving Back-Up Plan?

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“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” ~ Allen Saunders Certainly, caregiving changed your life plans. It also demands planning and scheduling. And, then, when bad weather or flu or another emergency gets in the way, it demands a Plan B (and sometimes a Plan C and D). In this week’s poll, sponsored by Caregiving.com and eCareDiary.com, we ask: Do you have a caregiving back-up plan? After voting, please feel ... Read More »