“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” A quote by Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States as the wife of President Jimmy Carter. It takes a special person to be a caregiver to others. The struggle to balance family, life and work at the same time as

Cultivating Caregiver Wellness Connecting with nature is good for family caregivers.

The health benefit of gardening is well documented throughout history. Benjamin Rush, a prominent Philadelphia physician and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the first to document the therapeutic benefits of working in the garden with individuals with a mental illness. By the 1950s, the practice of horticulture therapy expanded to treat war veterans and gained acceptance in benefiting a wide range of disabilities and diagnoses. Today, therapeutic gardening or horticulture therapy, benefits

Social Filters Can Come and Go When Living With Dementia

When working properly, our brains have a social filter. This is a thinking skill that most people have developed over time and can control without even realizing it. We all have unkind thoughts from time to time, but we do not always say out loud what we are thinking. Our social filter helps us use words and actions that show kindness and consideration to others. An example of this is when we get a handmade

Bridging the Divide When Honoring the Death of a Loved One

It’s a difficult time for you and your family. The death of a loved one or friend is often among the most stressful events in our lives. At a time when you are dealing with your own emotions and those of others, considering how to honor your loved one may feel daunting. Creating a unique and personalized event that reflects your culture and life experiences may be the way to memorialize your loved one or friend.

Caregiving Roles and Responsibilities

Family caregivers have concerns about managing multiple roles and responsibilities. These concerns include 1:1 care, emotional and social support, and care monitoring, coordination, and advocacy. Physical stress, worry, and emotional overwhelm are shared caregiver experiences. Information gaps exist in underestimating the type of information to manage disease progression and daily care needs. Other gaps include: identifying services, managing life changes, and navigating medical and legal responsibilities. Caregivers are uncertain where to turn to receive accurate,

Hard Won Wisdom: How to Have a Meaningful Caregiving Journey

If you are taking care of an aging or ill parent, spouse, family member, or friend, your worries, feelings, and challenges are very real. I took care of my mother for 14 years and while not totally unprepared because of my healthcare background, I admit it was a wild, exhausting ride which ended 3 months short of her 100th birthday. People who haven’t been on this journey might ask, “What’s so hard about it?” The