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Caregiver Coping Skills  • May 16, 2017  •  Issue #1015

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Fearless Caregiver Profile

Join us as we celebrate Fearless Caregivers sharing personal stories as we care for our loved ones. Read this week’s Fearless Caregiver Profile and feel free to add your profile as well, so we can learn from and share with our fellow caregivers. 

How did you become the caregiver for your loved one?
I am caregiver to my husband who has Lewy Bodies Dementia, so by default/choice.

What is the hardest thing about being a caregiver and the most rewarding thing? 
I find the lack of REM sleep what I miss most. Through this experience I have learned to choose what needs my close attention and what matters. To be calm, just clean it up, being upset changes nothing. He does not understand. There is no reasoning with him. ...more


Featured Fearless caregiver Profile: LUCILLE PAYNE

Understanding Foot Drop

When and How To Say "No" to Caregiving

Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills



Understanding Foot Drop

By Janie Rosman, Staff Writer

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, defines foot drop as “the inability to raise the front part of the foot due to weakness or paralysis of the muscles that lift the foot.” Muscles in the leg cannot raise the foot at the ankle, or the front part of the foot, due to paralysis of muscles that lift the foot. ...more


When and How To Say "No" to Caregiving

By Deborah Colgan

When is it time to say “No”?
How does a caregiver know when he or she can no longer manage the daily caregiving routines and planning responsibilities? What signals alert the caregiver that he or she is in trouble of getting lost in caregiving? Can a caregiver who cherishes a loved one set limits on responsibilities without feeling guilty or morally bankrupt? These are questions at the heart of successful, long-term caregiving. Unfortunately, for most caregivers, these questions do not arise until they are feeling overwhelmed and depleted. Being able to say, “No, I can no longer continue to provide care in this way,” may not only save the caregiver from emotional and physical burnout, but can also open up opportunities of shared caregiving responsibilities with others while deepening the level of honesty and openness in the relationship. ...more


Lessen The Squeeze: Caregiver Coping Skills

By Carolyn K. Schultz

According to the Alzheimer’s Association (2000), 5.75 million Americans are in the “Sandwich Generation” of caring for both children and parents, and women represent the majority of caregivers for family members. 

As a certified long-term care specialist, daughter, mother and Sandwich Generation member, I’ve experienced first-hand the impact an event requiring long-term care can have on young families and caregivers. I officially became a member of the Sandwich Generation in 1995 when my daughter was two years-old and my father suffered a debilitating stroke. Together with my family, we encountered some of the most stressful moments, but discovered some of our family’s biggest blessings. ...more

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From Teresa in Philadelphia: 

I take care of my husband who recently had a mild stroke and I wanted to know if there is an object that I can use to remind him to take his medicine when I am not home. And is there anything else I can use for him? ...more

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