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Primetica, B. (2020, October 16). 5 Tips to Adjust Your Expectations As a Caregiver. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/caregiver-stress/5-tips-to-adjust-your-expectations-as-a-caregiver

Scharf, L. (2020, October 16). Caring for a Parent When Your Relationship Has Been Strained. Guideposts. https://www.guideposts.org/caregiving/family-caregiving/advice-for-caregivers/caring-for-a-parent-when-your-relationship-has-been-strained

An older adult feeling solemn during the holiday season

Social Isolation and the Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Isolation has been a common theme of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the early days, we were encouraged to “socially isolate,” and while doing so is challenging for many of us, it is still considered to be a positive action for the good of our communities. But social isolation has a negative side, one that has existed long before the pandemic.

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By Tamar Cooper and Kerstin Yoder | 12/15/2020

An older adult with their dog

Caring for Your Older Loved One’s Pet

When the loved one we are providing care for has a pet, chances are we will provide care for their pet as well. While this can add to the time we spend and amount of tasks we manage as caregivers, it can also provide us opportunities for self-care and a way to begin difficult discussions with a loved one. 

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By Jess Bibbo, PhD | 12/15/2020

An older couple using a tablet to talk to their family on Christmas

Caregiving, the Holidays and COVID

The COVID pandemic roller coaster has been operating since March, forcing us onto the ride and refusing to let us off. We have made adjustments: we restrict our outings into the community, wear masks when we do go out, maintain 6 feet distance and wash our hands until they turn red. We have been forced to accept that the pandemic is as much about loss as it is about health. And while we got used to a little taste of “normalcy” during the warmer months, just as the holiday season approaches, we are again asked to limit our travel and minimize contact with others. Now, rather than anticipating gatherings with friends and family, we must instead ask ourselves: “Should I?”, “Can I?” and “How can I possibly face another loss?”

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By Lauri Scharf | 11/16/2020