Grief is an emotion that is not exclusively associated with losing someone you love. In fact, you may find that you experience grief when you change jobs, (i.e. retirement or being fired) or when there is a significant change in you or your loved one’s physical or mental health. For caregiver Donna O’Donnell Figurski, grief…

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Amber Snyder

    Who are Linchpin Caregivers? Amber Snyder is a Linchpin Caregiver (a caregiver who is doing double duty i.e., working in the healthcare field as a nursing assistant, home care aide, personal assistant, or volunteer, while who also caring for a family member or friend). Amber works full-time as a nursing assistant in long-term…

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Spiritualhappywoman

Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy is known for her strength in the face of adversity, but few recognize that she was also a family caregiver. Rose’s first notable experience as a caregiver began when her daughter Rosemary Kennedy was diagnosed with an undetermined mental disability. Her next experience was years later, when her husband Joe Sr. suffered…

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Your Physical Well-being as a caregiver is vitally important!  To help family and professional caregivers manage caregiving responsibilities with their own health and well-being, Caregiver Support Services is hosting a webinar with EveryBody Fitness, on August 24th where Dr. McNealus will discuss the importance of encouraging those you care for to participate in an exercise…

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Last week, Mrs. Lydia, the great-grandmother of a close family friend, fell and broke her hip. Few injuries are more emotionally distressing and physically painful than muscle strains and broken bones. Even for a chronologically young and active person, recovering from a fall can take a great deal of time. For an elderly person like…

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Normal_Aging

Are you feeling guilty? The truth is that it is not uncommon for caregivers to experience some level of guilt, even when they know they have done all they can to support a sick or disabled loved one or client. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of Aging and Mental Health,…

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Did you know that caregivers are reported to experience heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes at higher rates than individuals who are not caregivers? It’s true! Long-term stress resulting from providing care for your sick or disabled loved one or client can lead to risky behaviors, including poor diet, increased use of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications,…

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Reducing_Stress

    Increasing evidence suggests that family caregivers are at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder that results when a caregiver experiences a particularly distressing and traumatic event while caring for a sick or disabled loved one or client. Caregivers who are at an increased risk for developing PTSD…

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Rosalynn Carter, photo credit Washington Post Photo by Nikki Kahn Caregivers play an important role in providing care for their sick or disabled loved ones. However, caregivers need support to increase their chances of having an effective and healthy caregiving experience over the long haul. Following are the top five reasons why caregivers need support.…

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