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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.

Tell Us: Is It Okay to Pass on Fun?

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Scott cares for his wife, Beth. He does what he can to make time for himself, to take breaks as he can. The past few months, though, have been particularly tough. He feels like he’s fighting a battle just to maintain the status quo, to keep Beth out of the hospital, to help her regain her strength. He feels for Beth, who tries so hard to stay positive but really struggles to keep her smile. ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Kelly Krei

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I delighted to introduce you to Kelly Krei, a working family caregiver. My questions and his answers follow. CareGiving.com: We often hear that caregiving responsibilities negatively impact productivity in the workplace. How do you think your caregiving experience has made you more productive? Kelly: My wife and I have twins, both endowed ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference Presentation: Finding Peace and Joy

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Holly Eburne, who cares for her husband, will open our conference at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT) with a presentation entitled, “Finding Joy and Peace Along the Caregiving Journey.” You know Holly from our monthly discussions on Your Caregiving Journey. With ... Read More »

Join the #BlogforCare Blog Carnival

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Caring Across Generations, a non-profit organization which works to protect Americans’ right to choose the care and support they need to live with dignity, is sponsoring a three-day blog carnival beginning on March 24. I’d love for you to participate by sharing your story of caregiving. To participate in the blog carnival, you just need a blog post, new or from your archive, which shares an aspect of your caregiving experience you feel needs attention. ... Read More »

How Was Your Day?

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How did you do today? What was the hardest part? What helped you make it through? What did you learn? What will you take into your tomorrow? Please tell us about your day in our comments section, below. (Our chat for CareGiving.com members happens at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. PT). Log into your account and meet us in the chatroom.) Reminder Make a difference! Download a daily log to track your ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Reflecting, Two Years After a Diagnosis

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Tami Neumann will reflect on the first two years after diagnosis. When her son was diagnosed at the age of 12 with Type 1 Diabetes, their world turned upside down. Knowing what she knows now, she’ll reflects on what would have helped her to ... Read More »

New: A Directory of Caregiving Services, Products and Companies

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For just about two years, I’ve been trying to figure out how to add a business directory to CareGiving.com. With a directory of caregiving services, products and companies, you can search for help. Most important, you can review businesses so that other family caregivers know whether or not the service or product or book will really help. I finally found a solution yesterday that does that. Our Directory is now open; anyone can add a ... Read More »

Tell Us: How Would You Improve the ER?

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The New York Times published an article today called “Emergency Rooms Are No Place for the Elderly.” The article references a document called “Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines” created by American College of Emergency Physicians, The American Geriatrics Society, Emergency Nurses Association and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The organizations recommend changes in emergency rooms to better serve the elderly, including: Geriatric-trained physicians and nurses on staff; Education and training for staff “to ensure high-quality geriatric ... Read More »

Download Your Care Plan: March 16

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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 define well this way: Wisdom comes from being attentive, grateful and curious. Energy comes from your food, your exercise and your breaks. Laughter comes from within, from your relationships and from your entertainment. Love comes from within, ... Read More »

Next: Tick, Exasperate, Pedestrian

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Our next three words for our Community Caregiving Journal are: Tick Exasperate Pedestrian You can write about each separately in three separate posts. You can write about all three in one post. You can write sentences using all three words. Or, if you prefer, you can share your prose by leaving a comment, below. In essence, you can write about the words in the way that feels right for you. Here’s how our Community Caregiving ... Read More »

Enhanced Feature: Ask Us Your Questions

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In 2012, I added a section to our site called Questions and Answers so that you can ask our community for help with problems or worries or resources. I haven’t been happy with the section for awhile and have been debating about what it needs. I keep going back to a comment I heard a few years ago from a former family caregiver. “I have all this knowledge about resources and help,” he said, “and ... Read More »

I Changed Us

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I changed us again. I’m working on adding new features and in the process discovered flaws with our old look that I couldn’t work around. As always, thanks so much for your patience. If you have any questions, please let me know. Read More »

Reality

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If only your life were a reality television show because then there’d be a chance it wasn’t really real. It’s not that you don’t have parts of your life that you love. You do. It’s just that often you have too many parts of your life which you can’t fit together, which create that awful stress which wakes you at midnight and which cause that pounding headache you can’t shake. So, while some of your ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Chris Gunderson

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers. We begin our series today by profiling Chris, a member of CareGiving.com who cares for her husband. You can connect with her on her profile, @oscargal, and her blog.) When I wrote 10 Reasons Family Caregivers Make Awesome Employees, I thought of the family caregivers I know who work, especially Chris Gunderson. Chris volunteers to help me ... Read More »

Working Family Caregivers: Tell Us Your Story

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Do you juggle a career and caring for a family member or friend? I’d love to profile you and tell your story on CareGiving.com as part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign. To be considered, simply answer the questions in the form, below. I’ll be in touch if your profile will appear on CareGiving.com. Reminder Make a difference! Download a daily log to track your day’s responsibilities, tasks and reminders. We’re collecting daily logs ... Read More »

CareGifters: Give to Casandra

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Through our CareGifters program, we fund caregiving solutions, one family caregiver at a time, as often as we can. This month, we’re funding solutions for Casandra, who cares for her husband, Marc. Our goal is to raise $500 to help Casandra and Marc. We were able to help Casandra last year but unfortunately her situation has become somewhat desperate. In her CareGifters application, Casandra details how they will use the money: “My most immediate need… ... Read More »

10 Reasons Family Caregivers Make Awesome Employees

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We often hear that an employee’s productivity takes a hit during a caregiving experience. I think the opposite can happen–that caring for a family member or friend makes an employee more focused and more determined to do well at work. To prove my point, I came up with 10 reasons family caregivers make awesome employees. 1. Rather than gathering at the water cooler, a working family caregiver refills the water cooler. A working family caregiver ... Read More »

Download Your Care Plan: Week of March 9

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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 define well this way: Wisdom comes from being attentive, grateful and curious. Energy comes from your food, your exercise and your breaks. Laughter comes from within, from your relationships and from your entertainment. Love comes from within, ... Read More »

Hire Someone Skilled in Caregiving: They Care About More Than Making a Living

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A 2012 report released by AARP found that 42% of U.S. workers provided unpaid eldercare for a family member or friend over the last five years. And, 49% expect to do so in the coming five years. And, these statistics only reflect those caring for aging family members. We know a caregiving experience involves children, spouses, siblings and friends. Caring for a family member or friend can be stressful, sad, overwhelming, heartbreaking and frustrating. On ... Read More »

Resources to Help Working Family Caregivers and Employers

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We compiled resources which help working family caregivers as well as employers. Please free free to add additional resources in our comments section. Help for Employees Who Care Articles, podcasts and videos for working family caregivers Care.com Caring in Place eCare Diary eCareTeamConnect Juggling Work and Caregiving, a free eBook from AARP Unfrazzle The Working Family Caregiver, a free eBook Help for Employers Our Corporate Caregiving Program Webinar Archive: Managing the Working Family Caregiver How ... Read More »

Next: Calendar, Snap, Hope

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Our next three words for our Community Caregiving Journal are: Calendar Snap Hope You can write about each separately in three separate posts. You can write about all three in one post. You can write sentences using all three words. Or, if you prefer, you can share your prose by leaving a comment, below. In essence, you can write about the words in the way that feels right for you. Here’s how our Community Caregiving ... Read More »

In Six Words, How Do You Define “Friend”?

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A benefit of managing our community is watching the friendships between our members bloom and grow. I see such kindness in your friendships–in our chatroom, on Facebook, on Twitter, through your comments. I find your relationships with each other to be both inspiring and comforting. I think a family caregiver knows how to be a good friend because, well, so many good friends simply disappeared. I’d love to know your definition of a friend. And, ... Read More »