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How to Cope with Personality Changes in a Loved One

This post identifies some possible causes for behavior and mental health changes in your caree, and offers suggestions on ways to cope that can actually help both of you.
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The Selflessness of Self-Care

  A math question for you about care: if you are a family caregiver to one person, how many people do you care for? If you answered two, you can stop reading. If you answered ...
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Dementia Caregiving: I told you that yesterday! Remember?

  Karen called her mom, Mary, from the car to let her know she would be there in 5 minutes and would pick her up out front.Mary said, “You are coming here? Are we going ...
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Is a family caregiver liable for his mother's debt after her death?

Say you're the primary family member who has taken care of a parent or spouse for the last several years. When they die, will you get stuck with their bills?
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8 Tips for Caregivers Who Assist a Family Member with Multiple Sclerosis

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, my husband became my primary caregiver, a job that consumes enormous energy and has increasingly challenged his ...
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Financial Support for Caregivers: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care Costs, Financial Aid, and Financial Planning for Caregivers

Providing care for an aging loved one or a person with disabilities is challenging but also rewarding. Caregivers have the chance to ensure their loved one's quality of life is ...
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What is a Caregiver Affidavit?

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Top Tools for Caregivers: 43 Blogs, Tech Systems and Medication Management Tools to Simplify Your Life

Caregivers often are unpaid relatives or spouses of people who need assistance with activities of daily living and medical tasks. As more Americans choose to age at home, they ...
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Lupus 101 for Caregivers

"I'm sorry, but after running some tests, we've discovered your son has lupus."
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What It Takes to Care for a Family Member with ALS

We all wish we had known him longer.
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Caregiver Tip: Help Your Loved One Get Social Security Disability Benefits Quickly if Facing a Fatal Illness

The Social Security Administration has an important but little known program for people diagnosed with severe and life-threatening medical conditions that allows “quick starts" ...
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What is Adult Foster Care?

A Definition of Adult Foster Care
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A Legal Checklist for Caregivers

If you are the family caregiver for your mom, dad or Aunt Molly, your job doesn't stop at making sure they take their medicine and that their home is free of clutter to prevent ...
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How to Prevent Caregiver Stress

You've taken care of your mom in your own home for two years, but you never imagined the fatigue and stress you would be feeling. You fear that If you don't get some relief ...
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Caregiver Burden Tips: Expert Advice for Recognizing & Combating Caregiver Stress

Caring for an elder or a loved one with disabilities is a position many caregivers simply "find themselves" in. Often they have not made a formal decision to become a caregiver ...
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What Are Instrumental Activities of Daily Living?

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6 Tax tips for family caregivers

Judi Hasson is a journalist who writes about health care and senior issues. Say you've taken care of your elderly mom in your own home for the last two years and opened up your ...
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When You Can't Be There: Creating a Caregiving Plan B

Michelle Seitzer is a freelance writer who has specialized in elder care content for eight years and prior to writing, worked in the field for more than a decade.
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Coping with Sundowning and Other Challenging Dementia Behaviors

This post was contributed by Michelle Seitzer, a freelance writer who has specialized in elder care content for eight years and prior to writing, worked in the field for more ...
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When Your Loved One Nears the End of Life

Nancy Lebrun is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists and writes frequently on health and wellness.
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My loved one with dementia won't eat. What should I do?

David Heitz is a writer who spent 13 years looking after and advocating for his father with Pick's Disease, who died last year. David is a member of the American Society ...
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Celebrating Our Veterans

Of roughly 3 million living veterans over the age of 80, about half served during the Korean Conflict, according to population data from Veterans Affairs. This Veteran's day, ...
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You've Got To Have Friends – A Support Group Unlocks the Secret to A Caregiver's Relief From Depression And Loneliness

Bethany Kandel is a New York City-based journalist and author who writes about parenting, health, breast cancer, caregiving and many other subjects. She is the mother of two ...
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