Family Caregiver Blog

At [Your Organization], we understand the pressures you are under as a family caregiver. This blog is designed to support you in the incredibly important work that you do.

As the [Your Service Area] experts in family caregiving, we have resources, tips and information that can make your life much easier.

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Dealing with criticism

Dealing with criticismReceiving criticism is never a pleasant experience, especially from family members. Whether it is a sibling griping about how you care for a relative or complaints from the person you are caring for, you may feel suddenly flooded with difficult emotions. Perhaps anger, shame, or confusion. We can't stop others from giving criticism. But we...

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What is a Medicaid spend down?

What is a Medicaid spend down?There are two forms of government health insurance: Medicare. Basically, age-based insurance for older adults (age 65+), regardless of income and assets. (Assets include money and belongings, such as a house or car.) Medicaid. Income-based insurance funded with federal and state dollars. (The state where your relative lives may have a name different than "Medicaid.")...

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Bladder issues

Bladder issuesIf making it to the bathroom in time is a frequent concern for your relative, they may have an overactive bladder. More than 33 million Americans contend with this condition, in which misfiring nerves cause the bladder muscles to contract involuntarily. Your loved one may be too embarrassed to bring it up with the doctor,...

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What’s involved in giving care?

What’s involved in giving care?Perhaps you call regularly to offer emotional support. Maybe you handle finances. Perhaps you visit weekly. Or you may live with your loved one 24/7. Caring takes many forms. You may feel this is simply what a loving daughter/son/partner would do. But that doesn't mean it isn't time and energy from your day. Or night,...

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Explaining your needs to others

Explaining your needs to othersAre you worried that asking for help sounds like whining? You may believe you "should" be able to do it all without assistance. Or think you are "just" doing what any good or loving daughter (or son, or spouse) would do. Like many caregivers focused on family harmony, you may have become used to minimizing...

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Medical management without dialysis

Medical management without dialysisDialysis typically buys a person some time. But it rules their life—and possibly yours. It requires strict adherence to the schedule. Also, severe food restrictions. Your relative's energy level will fluctuate. That makes planning for other activities difficult. There is an increased chance of infection because of the access port for dialysis. And there are...

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Giving “awesome” new meaning

Giving "awesome" new meaningCan you recall taking in a majestic view or the miracle of dewdrops on a spiderweb? That sense of awe—the magnificence of it all. In the presence of amazement and wonder, we feel connected with something much greater than ourselves. Our problems seem to shrink. It turns out that these moments of awe have measurable...

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Signs of financial abuse

Signs of financial abuseOlder adults are frequently targeted for financial abuse. They typically have more funds than their younger counterparts do. They tend to be generous and naïve, not understanding all the ways they can be scammed. Some have memory and thinking problems. And even if they do realize they've been "taken," they may be too ashamed or...

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Seeds of family resilience: Focus on rewards

Research on stress often involves family caregivers. No matter how much you love the person you care for, taking care of an ailing relative can be stressful! To offset the stress, consider the power of positive thinking. Studies show that people who "seed their lives" with moments of positive emotions are more resilient in the...

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How to get durable power of attorney

There may come a time when your loved one will need help handling financial matters. Maybe filing taxes. Or interacting with Social Security. Or signing a contract to move into a new residence. If your relative is unable to do these things because of illness or problems with dementia, you will need to show a...

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