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The following information is provided from NAC- National Alliance for Caregiving. COVID-19 is a wakeup call to better prepare for an aging population, and for the kinds of solutions that would benefit us all. They are not just solutions for older people; it’s actually about the public health of American families, and the public health of our country. Check out the resources...

It’s a fact: last year Millennials officially became the nation’s largest generation, surpassing Baby Boomers (source: U.S. Census Bureau). Thanks to those same census gurus, we also know there are roughly 40 million Americans who take care of a loved one, referred to as informal caregivers or, lovingly from my perspective, as family caregivers. Combine that with the fact that...

At a recent women’s networking luncheon, I sat (unknowingly) next to a family caregiver. We made the usual introductions and my initial impression was that she was quiet and, if I’m being honest…guarded. Or wait, was that sadness? She had a pleasant half-smile but it came across as perfunctory. She seemed content to unobtrusively eat her meal and allow others...

I’m delighted to end the year, similar to how I began, with a guest blog on a topic that is growing in importance to all caregivers— better care through technology. Especially relevant during this time of year, consider how gifts might contribute to caregiving. When we’re blessed with the occasional question of what kind of gift would you like, there’s always...

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This year’s theme recognizes the ‘round the clock’ challenges that caregivers face. The thing is, you never know when you will need to rush to the hospital or leave work at the drop of a hat. I don’t often post reprints as I much prefer my own monthly commentary. However, this is a great quick read...

The reality is that while caregiving can be deeply rewarding, in fact life-changing, the family caregivers’ needs often go unnoticed. With the primary focus on the caree (aka - the recipient of the care) it is the caregivers who are slowly burning out. For employers not in-tune with the warning signs, or even the generational characteristics of the caregiver demographic,...

As we roll up to summer, we finally give ourselves permission to take time off. Right? According to data from U.S. News & World Report, American workers take less time off than workers in other developed nations. In 2000, a typical American worker took nearly twenty-one vacation days. By 2013, it had dropped to sixteen. What if you’re a family caregiver?...

I feel like I can pretty much do anything when I have on my rubber dishwashing gloves. In fact, I love that rubber glove manufacturers have caught on to the fact that some of us may want to be fashionable while doing dishes and make them available in fun colors and styles.  Sure, I have my share of basic yellow,...