#Family Caregivers

Adjusting to life without dad

After a month long battle with COVID-19, Alpine resident Micah Retz passed away on Jan. 1 at the age of 48, leaving his three children and grandchild. Retz broke his neck in 2008, leaving him a quadriplegic with limited mobility and ongoing health issues requiring 24 hour care since his accident. Retz raised his three children as a single father. Due to the pandemic and his health, recently his three children, his children Kaodi Retz, 20, Noe Lani Retz, 23, and Hashanna Retz, 25, provided 100% of his care, making their only income from In-Home Supportive Services.
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The Signs of Caregiver Burnout Experts Say You Shouldn't Ignore

If you’re a caregiver, you might feel strange letting yourself focus on your life and how hard this job might be on you—but it’s crucial you do, not just for yourself, but for your loved one. An estimated 65 million Americans are caregivers for family members with...
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Supporting Those Left Behind

Caregivers show higher rates of depression, anxiety and poor sleep. And often those effects don't slow down even after loss. As I write this, COVID-19 has taken the lives of more than 850,000 Americans. And each of them leaves behind a circle of survivors – be they family members, friends, coworkers or neighbors – struggling with loss.

Lawmakers protect rights of caregivers to visit care facilities

FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – In their brief time in session on Friday, lawmakers took final action on a measure that would establish the right to designate an essential caregiver to visit a resident in-person at long-term care facilities, assisted-living communities and state mental hospitals. Senate Bill 100, sponsored by...

Dr. Adria E. Navarro

As the new year gets underway, being in good health largely remains on many minds. Prevention is the mantra of the day with people reflecting on vaccines, good nutrition, quality sleep and opportunities for activities and movement. To a lesser degree, we focus and ask ourselves, “How well am I attending to my stress these days?” And even when we know we are overloaded with stress, how often do we seek to make changes? Research suggests that untreated stress actually speeds up the aging process, shortening the length of individual DNA strands. This shortened life span is also connected with depression, social isolation and anxiety – conditions all more prevalent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Study: Telehealth services for the elderly should include caregivers

University of Illinois College of Law issued the following announcement on Jan. 24. Family caregivers are often involved in the day-to-day activities of their older relatives, such as communicating with doctors, helping them navigate the health care system and making decisions that affect their care. When the pandemic hit, forcing...

Caring for Anjana: Family Caregivers Are Essential Workers Too!

Family caregivers are essential workers too. In our diasporic South Asian community, if you are not a caregiver, you probably know of one or are coordinating care with your siblings for your elderly parents back in India. In the best of times, it can be challenging for family caregivers to take care of a loved one. But like everything else during these unprecedented pandemic times, caregiving has also changed with disruptions in our support systems.

Caring For Ronald Reagan

Kitty talks with Patti Davis, author of Floating in the Deep End: How Caregivers Can See Beyond Alzheimer's. Patti began taking care of her father, former president Ronald Reagan, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's after leaving office; she later ran support groups for family caregivers. She tells Kitty about the difficult lessons she learned while caring for a person with Alzheimer's and the spiritual groundings that carried her through it.
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At-home caregivers here to help seniors through lonely pandemic

YAKIMA, WA – HopeBridge Home Care Services offers customizable care plans to suit your loved ones’ needs. 50 at-home caregivers provide medical and non-medical care and attention. Non-medical care includes housekeeping, meal prep, transportation, bathing, dressing, and exercise. Pat Butler, 90, said she enjoys the companionship the most....

Huntington Hospital Opens Center for Caregivers

Huntington Hospital has created a new center to help support caregivers. Huntington Hospital said Tuesday that the Reichert Family Caregiver Center, a 550-square foot space, will operate in the hospital lobby. The center was funded by a half-million donation from the Charles and Helen Reichert Family Foundation. The center will...

Introducing An Informative Blog Series For Daughter Caregivers: How To Put Yourself First

We are introducing a new blog series to help support, empower and inform individuals who have taken on the role of caring for aging parents or loved ones. Through the series, we will share stories, resources, tips, support, ideas, and so much more. We will explore ways to ensure you put yourself first to preserve your mental, emotional and physical health to provide the best care possible.

What’s It Like to Care for People Living With Disabilities? — 5 Nigerian Caregivers Tell Us

Imagine your life requiring certain types of infrastructure or services beyond the basic standards our country already struggles to provide. About 25 million people in Nigeria are living this reality. That means at least one in ten people you come across everyday are Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWD). Living in Nigeria is already a struggle, so what’s it like for the people that have to go an extra mile to care for people with special needs? Today, five Nigerians share what it’s like being a caregiver to PLWD in Nigeria — their challenges, expectations and hopes..

Step up as a Caregiver, make a difference

Glatha Hemme was sorting through her late mother’s belongings when she found a flyer for Caregivers, a Ventura County nonprofit that matches homebound seniors with volunteers who can help them run errands and get to appointments. More importantly, it offers companionship. Hemme, a Camarillo resident, had always enjoyed helping...

Handling Aging Parents: Coping Strategies for Difficult Behaviors

Caring for senior parents can be both a fulfilling and stressful task. When elderly adults start losing their freedom, independence, and strength, they can end up using other cues to communicate. They can appear irrational, depressed, stubborn, and negative at times. But since you are now mostly in charge, you have no choice but learn how to deal with such complex behaviors.

Become a Senior Companion to An Older Adult in Your Community

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The Senior Companion Program is seeking volunteers to serve in the Corpus Christi service area. The purpose of the AmeriCorps Seniors’ Senior Companion Program is to engage persons 55 years and older, particularly those with limited incomes, in volunteer service to meet critical community needs and to provide a high-quality experience that will enrich the lives of the volunteers. The Senior Companion Program volunteers provide supportive, individualized services to help older adults with special needs maintain their dignity and independence.