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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com 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. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

Tell Us: What Has Disappeared for You During Caregiving?

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On Sunday, during our #carechat on Twitter, we discussed how to keep your life during a life of caregiving. During a discussion about what disappears during caregiving, one of our participants shared that meals out have disappeared. Every night means a meal in, with him cooking and cleaning, because they can’t go out for a meal. I think everyone who cares for a family member or friend has an activity or relationship or event, like meals ...

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Reduce Stress and Improve Overall Well-Being

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(Editor’s Note: On a regular basis, we run a sponsored section called Site of the Week. We thank the MELT Method for its generous support of Caregiving.com.) The stress eats away at you. You’re tired, worried, overwhelmed. You’d love to figure out a way to de-stress, but how do you find the time for one more item on your To Do list? Enter a 10-minute solution called the MELT Method developed by Sue Hitzmann, a ...

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Bargain

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You didn’t bargain for this. That money has become so tight that you constantly hunt for a bargain. That you have to bargain with some family members just to get them to stop by for a few minutes to visit with your caree. That you realize your once good friend–who now pooh-poohs your caregiving responsibilities–really is no bargain. Caregiving has become a big deal. It’s certainly not a piece of cake. It’s absolutely not just ...

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“Caring for Mom and Dad” Documentary: What Did You Think?

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I just watched “Caring for Mom and Dad,” the PBS documentary. The film aired last Thursday in Chicago at 10 p.m.–too late for me so I recorded it for another day (which turned out to be today). I wonder, too, what that says when a film about an issue that impacts so many gets a non-prime-time air time. I loved the stories of the family caregivers profiled during the film. I loved the diversity in gender, ...

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Oh, Denise Can Do That

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Helping my parents means keeping their day running smoothly–whether it be fixing a computer or a cell phone, getting them to family functions and activities, resolving a worry or a fret (they worry and fret a lot). My siblings get involved for the doctors’ appointments, the holidays and the big events (like the surgeries). Each day, though, I do my best to ensure the boat stays afloat. On Saturday, my mom spoke with my brother ...

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This Memorial Day, Bring Flowers to a Family Caregiver

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This Memorial Day, remember those who care for those who served. Bring flowers to a family caregiver. When you care for a family member or friend with a chronic illness, your world gets smaller. And, so does your family member’s. Family caregivers feel isolated in their role. They feel bogged down by their responsibilities, so much so that they find it hard to find time to socialize with family members and friends. And, their carees ...

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Sale: Save on “Take Comfort” Books

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This week, save on our Take Comfort books, on sale for just $6 plus $5 for shipping and handling. You can purchase all three Take Comfort books for just $15 plus $5 for shipping and handling. “These books are gems for family caregivers,” a reader says. Buy your Take Comfort books.)

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Welcome to Our New Members

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The best resource for you is another in a similar situation. So, to help you connect, please find our list of our newest members, below. Please feel free to send a private message or a public note as well as a friendship request. I think it helps our new members when they see familiar faces each time they visit the site. You also can see when a new member joins on our Activity Stream; feel ...

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Tell Us: When Do You Feel Resentful?

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This morning on Your Caregiving Journey talk show. @goinhome, who cared for her mom and cares for her dad, joined me to talk about the insidious feeling of resentment. (Listen to our show archive.) Linda shared that she resented her mom, her mom’s doctors and her husband. We talked about what makes resentment so difficult–we’re pointing our finger at someone (or something) and saying, “I resent YOU.” Oh, gosh that’s hard. Linda mentioned that resentment ...

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Join Us for #carechat on Twitter on May 10

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Our next #carechat on Twitter will take place on Sunday, May 10, at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. PT). Join us to connect and share with others who care for a family member or friend. To participate in our chat, go to tweetchat.com, sign in with your Twitter credentials and follow our hashtag: #carechat. During this #carechat, we’ll tackle the topic: How do you keep your life during your life of caregiving? We’ll ...

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