In this video, I discuss the keyword — ask — for the Expectant Caregiver, the first of the six stages. In this stage, you expect that you will care for a family member or friend in the future.

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In this video, I describe the keyword — receive — for the third stage of the The Caregiving Years. In the third stage, the Entrenched Caregiver, your day and your life feel controlled by your caregiving experience.

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In this video, I talk about the keyword — treasure — for the Godspeed Caregiver, the last of the six stages. In this stage, I describe what it’s like for you after caregiving has ended.

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Why me? Why now? What now? Family caregivers asked me those questions so often that I decided to create a concept which offered answers and hope. In 1998, I published the first edition of The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey handbook. Over the years, I’ve continued to revise and tweak the concept,…

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We think of the health care system as compromising hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors, rehabilitation services. Sure, these are part of the health care system. Health care, though, happens in the family. Hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors and rehab services provide once-in-awhile care. Family members, like you, provide all-the-time care, day and night, day after day. You…

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This morning, Claire Day, our dementia care expert, joined me for our monthly dementia care show on Your Caregiving Journey. You can listen to our show via the player below. Today, we spoke about making it through caregiving, from the beginning to the middle to the end. Claire shared her thoughts about the priorities to…

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The holidays bring presents, family visits and, often, a realization that a family member, such as a parent or grandparent, with a chronic illness needs more help. ARGH! How in the world will you able to do this? It’s intimidating to think about stepping in to help a family member with a chronic illness. You’re…

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