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A caregiver taking a moment of respite

What Does Wellness Look Like for Dementia Caregivers?

Anyone providing care for a loved one with dementia knows how stressful it can be. Not only can the tasks involved be challenging and exhausting, but there is a very emotional level as well. But even with all the challenges , caregivers often neglect self-care, infrequently check in on their own health and either don’t know about or don’t use opportunities for respite.

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By Julie Hayes | 07/15/2022

Caregivers often aren't aware of the services and resources available to them.

Increasing Utilization of Caregiver Support Services

As professionals in the aging sector, we know there are dozens of helpful support services and resources available to family and friend caregivers that could significantly help to reduce caregiver stress and burnout. Unfortunately, the caregivers who need them the most often don’t seem to know it!  

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By Michelle Palmer | 07/15/2022

A caregiver chatting with her older adult father

Caregiving for Older Male Loved Ones

Every caregiving journey is unique, and there are so many factors that can change the experience. Your loved one’s family history, age, diet and ethnicity are all things that can affect his or her wellness, while their temperament, ability to communicate, values and beliefs can all impact the smoothness of providing care. Biological sex can also play a role. Those who care for the important men in their lives—fathers, spouses, partners, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, and many more—may experience different challenges than those caring for women.

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By Julie Hayes | 06/15/2022

A caregiver supporting their older loved one with a hand on the shoulder

Helping Older Loved Ones Face Changes in Mental Health

For older adults, mental illness is a conversation made difficult by stereotypes. Assumptions like “Old people are just stubborn” or “He’s become mean as he’s aged” cause many to dismiss mental illness in older adults. For caregivers, messages like these can make it difficult to differentiate mental illness from what are considered “normal parts of aging.”

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By Kerstin Yoder | 05/16/2022

An older couple planning together with the help of a counselor

Taking ACTION to Manage Dementia Care

Caring for a loved one with dementia can oftentimes go hand-in-hand with challenging situations that may lead us to feel stress and uncertainty about how to manage our loved one’s care. It can become overwhelming, especially for one person, but there are steps we can take to minimize the burden and make progress. Action planning gives us guidance and support to meet our caregiving needs and manage our loved one’s care by breaking down larger goals into small, manageable steps towards solutions to potential challenges.

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By Branka Primetica | 06/06/2019