Healthy Caregivers

Healthy Caregivers

While more than 65 million caregivers—and I am one of them—currently attend to the sickest in our country, statistics show that 72 percent of us fail to see our own physicians regularly. Do the math, and “Houston…we have a problem!” Caregivers interact with many...
Caregiving and Laughter

Caregiving and Laughter

  When I first launched my radio show for caregivers, a group from AARP interviewed me and discussed the challenges of reaching family caregivers. One of them asked me, “Many people serve for years as a family caregiver, but somehow don’t identify themselves as such....
Caregivers and Resentment

Caregivers and Resentment

Resentment can be a regular companion for many caregivers. A deep-seated feeling of obligation can cause caregivers to drive themselves mercilessly with such internal commands such as “I have to, I must, I’m supposed to, I need to.” In addition, many caregivers permit...
When Pain Runs in the Family

When Pain Runs in the Family

 When Pain Runs in the Family: Our Little Zebra* By Shaina Smith Our family calendar is not glamorous. Not because we don’t fill our weekends with fun-filled events (we travel all over New England just to find the perfect meal) or because it lacks creativity (my...
Caregiver Overload

Caregiver Overload

For caregivers, the change of seasons is a good time to reevaluate goals and timelines. Being a caregiver is made up of many tasks that need to be done for the patient—but you also have to make sure you and the rest of the family are taken care of as well. Be sure to...
Caregiving with Seasonal Changes

Caregiving with Seasonal Changes

As caregivers and people with pain make the move from winter into spring, health concerns can also be in transition. WINTER CAN BRING A SLOWING DOWN for many people with pain. We spend a lot of time indoors and become less active, and we are in darkness for longer...
Caregiver’s Depression

Caregiver’s Depression

The day never seems to end. Your elderly father needs you all the time. He is in constant pain and you are at your wit’s end trying to keep him happy and comfortable. He needs help getting out of bed, getting into and out of the bath and getting dressed. He needs help...