Posts Tagged ‘commentary’

We’re Not Neglecting!

“Caregivers often neglect their own health and well-being” sounds like we’re non-compliant, irresponsible adults who must be saved from ourselves.

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The Waste Is Wrong

After last night’s blog post (Read It’s Not the Grocery Shopping, It’s the Heartache), I headed into our evening chat on CareGiving.com. Our members, who are so kind, asked if I felt better after getting that out. Which led me to another vent. It’s a waste that company after company after company spends money to…

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It’s Not the Grocery Shopping, It’s the Heartbreak!

Oh, gosh I’m in a mood today! I’m so tired of one company after another after another releasing the same kind of app — an app that acts as our to-do list and our “team” coordination. I’ve honestly lost count of many of these apps have been released in the past five years and then…

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Living to 100 (Hint – No More Diets!)

May in the US is designated as “Older American’s Month.”  In my opinion, every month and every day we should be honoring the older people in our lives and in our communities.  Through my nonprofit, yesterday we held a luncheon for the people we help who are over 95 years old and still living independently. …

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What If 1% of Pharmaceutical Revenues Fund a Respite Program?

The other day in our chat room two of our members discussed their caree’s medications. They shared side effects, effectiveness and reasons for the medications. If you didn’t know they both cared for spouses, you would have sworn they were doctors. It’s the same for you. You understand your caree’s medications like no one else.…

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“Do You Want $3 to Go to a National Respite Program?”

When you file your taxes, you answer this question: Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the Presidential Election Campaign Fund? What if, when we file our taxes, we also answered this question: Do you want $3 of your federal tax to go to the National Caregiving Respite Fund? Selecting “yes”…

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What If We Assume Everyone Is?

I attended a caregiving summit on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., which gathered organizations that provide services or products to those who care for a family member (family caregivers). Throughout the day, presenters and panelists shared that family caregivers “don’t self-identify” which means they may not use products and services that can help. Just writing that…

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The Path to Caregiving Stress: The Distressing Diagnosis

(Editor’s Note: I’m writing about the path to family caregiver stress over the next week. Read my first part, Let’s Kill Caregiving Stress.) A diagnosis changes everything. As long as you can get one. Research released earlier this year found that 12 million U.S. individuals are misdiagnosed each year. Can you imagine that horrible hamster…

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Let’s Kill Caregiving Stress

Consider two recent news stories: A husband who cares for his wife and son tried to kill his wife with a hammer (@lisariggi will share more about this story in her blog post) A daughter (and pharmacist) tried to kill her mother with an insulin injections Both family caregivers shared they just wanted to end…

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What They Need Isn’t What I Need

I’ve been writing about attending last week’s Science of Caregiving meeting. (See Dressing the Part, Family Caregiver, M.D. and Rather than Research the Problem, Fund the Solution.) During the two-day event, I asked several questions of the researchers. At one point, I asked if they know of any research around interventions to help traumatized family…

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Rather than Research the Problem, Let’s Fund the Solution

As I mentioned on Friday, I attended the Science of Caregiving event earlier this week (read Dressing the Part: Family Caregiver, MD). While I appreciate the emphasis on better understanding the caregiving experience, I found myself at times dismayed by what I heard while at the conference. One researcher, who used his research funds to…

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Caring for Family Caregivers Within the Health Care System

It’s one of the ironies of caregiving. You’re a regular customer of the health care system. You’re at the doctor’s offices, the emergency room, the hospital. You interact so much and so often with nurses and physicians that others see you as a health care professional. And, yet, according to our 2015 Annual Family Caregiver…

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Why Not Come Together to Resolve Rather than Research?

Draining. Overwhelming. Exhausting. Unending. Lonely, Heartbreaking. ~ a six-word story about caregiving’s impact Does anyone do this thing flawlessly? ~ a six-word story about caregiving’s impact Wearing two different shoes to work. ~ a six-word story about caregiving chaos Frustration: makes me want to cry. ~ a six-word story about caregiving chaos Not knowing what…

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