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How Jalen copes with Loss During The Holidays

No matter who you are or what you’ve been through, at some point in your life, you will experience loss. It could be a friend, family member, or someone who has made an impact on your life. It will cause disruption in your thinking, feelings, and behaviors because...

How to manage sick days when YOU are a caregiver

If you are a caregiver, it is critical you have a plan in place if you become ill, have an accident, or are unable to care for your loved one...and yourself!  Planning ahead for sick days means... Have someone (family member, friend, or paid personal care assistant)...

12 Self-care Tips for Caregivers

Self-care has become a common term to describe the many ways people, especially family caregivers, can de-stress and wind down from the demands of everyday life, especially during the holidays. You read about it and you hear about it, but far too often we have to be...

Managing the Holidays: Interactive Discussion about How to Cope

Date & Time: Mon, Dec 13, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 pm CST (online) Join in a yearly interactive conversation about holiday activities when you are a caregiver. What are your challenges, what has worked for you in the past, what have you had to change from traditional...

Stories From Our Elders Connects The Generations

Holiday gatherings can be fun, but are often stressful for family caregivers and for the older family members they care for. Family caregivers can briefly shift some of the caregiving responsibilities to other family members, especially during gatherings. Older family...

Home for the Holidays-Appearance

The holidays are a great time to check in with your loved ones and friends to see how they are doing. I’m talking about your parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, friends–everyone you care about. Whether you are visiting them or they are visiting you, it’s a...

What’s in the new infrastructure bill for older adults and families?

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law in early November, 2021. The final bill includes investments in broadband access, transportation, and energy assistance that will benefit older adults, caregivers, and their communities. The law will...

Driving Safety Tips for Seniors

As we age, vision changes and eye diseases can negatively affect driving abilities in older adults. Some age-related vision changes that commonly affect seniors' driving are: Not being able to see road signs as clearly. Difficulty seeing objects up close, like the car...

Caregiving and the Holiday Season

If you are caring for an aging parent, a spouse, other family, or even a non-family member, you may be feeling some stress from a desire to keep long-standing family traditions alive and well. You and your care receiver may be feeling similar stress! How can you cope...

Travel Safety Tips for People with Dementia

|   Sometimes people with dementia need to travel; especially during the holidays.  With about 1 in 9 Americans over age 45 reporting “subjective cognitive decline” or memory loss that impairs daily life, dementia is a growing reality for...

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How Jalen copes with Loss During The Holidays

No matter who you are or what you’ve been through, at some point in your life, you will experience loss. It could be a friend, family member, or someone who has made an impact on your life. It will cause disruption in your thinking, feelings, and behaviors because...

Caregiver By Chance, Caregiver By Choice

| At nine years old, I lost my dad. So young, however, so wise to know I needed to help my mom with my brothers and sister. You see, my mom was not well, so I was the “fill-in mom.” At the age of sixteen, my mom died, leaving six children. As...

Caregiver as Bad off as Care Recipient

I am sole caregiver for my husband for going on about six years now. My husband has become partially disabled from cervical surgery, rendering him unable to move his head and shoulders, which is painful and incapacitating in and of itself. Then a few years ago he was...

Laurie’s Story

|  How did you become a caregiver? At first, I didn't even realize I was my Mom's caregiver because she was so independent. I quickly learned that you are a caregiver if you are the one who will be called in the middle of the night in a...

Picking up the pieces after the one you are caring for dies

|  Written by Iris Waichler of the Caregivers Space When you are in the midst of being a caregiver, you build your time and your life around managing the caregiver tasks that need to be done. As a caregiver for my dad, I know my schedule...

La vida después del cuidado (Life after care)

|  Cinco cuidadores comparten su camino hacia la alegría y el propósito después de cuidar de un ser querido. Se estima que 41.8 millones de adultos en Estados Unidos (el 17% de los cuales son hispanos) cuidan de sus seres queridos y pasan en...

Caring for a PWP (Person’s with Parkinson’s)

|  I became a caregiver when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 1999. We had no idea what to expect. We were both working full-time with a son in elementary school. The first few years were pretty easy with no...

Annie’s story – doctor’s wife becomes a fearless caregiver

How did you become the caregiver for your loved one? My physician/husband diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2011. What is the hardest thing about being a caregiver and the most rewarding thing? Staying on top of what they might need at any moment / anticipate needs and...

Paula’s Story

Fearless Caregiver Profile: Paula Baughman How did you become the caregiver for your loved one? My Mom and Aunt needed help taking care of their dad. Has your relationship changed with the loved one that you are caring for? If so how? Yes, I never really had a close...

Son caring for elder father

How did you become the caregiver for your loved one? After the passing of my Mother. What is the hardest thing about being a caregiver and the most rewarding thing? Having enough energy and the reward is you got it done. What advice would you give to other caregivers?...

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About Family Caregivers Online

Our Purpose

This website was created as a resource for caregivers as a source of unbiased information.

Our Mission

To provide caregivers with helpful, current, and easy-to-navigate information, to assist them with caregiving. 

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Winner of the 2021 Caregiver Friendly Award

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