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How Caregiver Support Can Combat Rising Stress Levels

We all know that caregiving for a loved one can be stressful, but it seems that caregivers may be feeling the strain more than ever before. Nearly two-thirds of family and friend caregivers consider their situation to be moderately-to-highly stressful, according to the recently released Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report from National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP.  

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By Michelle Palmer | 03/15/2021

COVID and Quarantine: The Mental Health Consequences

As the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our world, it has also made us reevaluate how we understand mental health. This webinar will share tips on recognizing the role COVID-19 and quarantine risk factors play in the mental health disorders of our loved ones, how to become familiar with symptoms of PTSD and other mental health disorders that are linked to quarantine, and ways to help our loved ones cope.

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By Tamar Cooper | 03/09/2021

Time is Precious for Family and Friend Caregivers—How Care Coaching Can Help

When you consider that 60 percent of family/friend caregivers are employed outside the home, the time drain on daily life can be extraordinary, leading to stress, strain in family relationships and unmet needs for both the caregiver and the older adult needing assistance. That’s why Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging developed BRI Care Consultation™. It’s an evidence-based care-coaching program specifically designed to work with both the family or friend caregiver and the person with a chronic condition to identify ways to better manage ongoing care.

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By Michelle Palmer | 02/17/2021

It’s OK to Feel: The Emotional Side of Caregiving

The reality is that caregivers experience a wide range of emotions, from ambivalence and resentment to anxiety, grief, loneliness, fear and even joy—often within the same day. We are conditioned to believe, as one family caregiver so eloquently stated, that we “must always smile and never complain…" And yet these emotions are normal, they are healthy, and we need to find ways to name them, to feel them and to express them.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 02/16/2021

Understanding Different Types of Dementia

When most people hear the word “dementia,” one of the first things that comes to mind is “Alzheimer’s.” However, Alzheimer’s is just one cause of dementia, which is the umbrella term for decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills that significantly impacts daily life. If a loved one is experiencing memory issues, Alzheimer’s could be a potential diagnosis, but there are four other common types of dementia that should also be considered: Lewy body, frontotemporal, vascular and mixed.

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By Julie Hayes | 02/15/2021