All About Caregiving

A 2015 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP found that 43.5 million Americans are providing unpaid care for an adult or child. Caregiving may involve shopping, housekeeping, providing transportation, feeding, bathing, toilet assistance, dressing, walking, coordinating appointments and financial management. To provide unpaid care is a beautiful act of love and devotion, but also a great drain on one's physical and psychological resources.

Recent posts on Caregiving

Things to Do When You’re Mostly Housebound

I’ve had over sixteen years to adjust to being at home most of the time. Here seven ideas for living a purposeful and fulfilling life even if you’re stuck at home.

How to Mindfully Parent in Real Life

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on August 07, 2017 in Moderating
How mindfulness can help get you through the tough parenting moments.

Are Dogs Getting Cuter?

Dogs that fit Lorenz's 'Kindchenschema' are becoming ever more popular, but at great cost to their welfare.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving

Providing care to a loved one who is dependent, fragile, or in need shows love in a basic way. Those who give with generosity and reliability rewards themselves as well as others.

7 Keys to Coping with a Loved One’s Serious Illness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in How To Do Life
An interview with a psychologist whose wife has cancer and is recovering from a stroke.

Working Conditions for Providers Affects Patient Health

Being flexible as employees meet their family needs is good for the health and well-being of workers. If those workers are healthcare providers, patients benefit also.

Identifying Challenges Effecting Veteran Mental Healthcare

Why are veterans continuing to struggle?
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From the Cradle to the Grave, Looking Back

By Greg O'Brien on July 28, 2017 in On Pluto
“As I watched my wife of 66 years begin to deteriorate with dementia, it was the first serious trauma I had faced since losing my parents."

“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

Here are a few of experiences I’ve had with Dr. Google, first as friend, then as foe. I hope they serve as a guide to using Google wisely. It’s not easy to do, that’s for sure.

How Our Bodies Age, Part 4

What are the age-related changes that occur and what are the implications for us?

Can Robots Help People With Dementia in the Community?

What can be done to help relieve the symptoms of dementia? Robots are being developed to assist.

How Parents Can Promote Learning Through Guided Play

Every interaction with the world can offer children an opportunity to learn. Here's how play, and more specifically, guided play with a parent can encourage learning.
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Have Hearing Loss? Try These Six Steps To Communicate Better

By Shari Eberts on July 08, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Do you have trouble communicating with others because of your hearing loss? Set yourself up for success with these six steps.

Shame of Our Cities: Neglect of the Mentally Ill

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 07, 2017 in Saving Normal
A step-by-step comparison illustrates that the United States is the worst place in the world to be mentally ill and that Trieste is the best.

Magical Thinking

The critical link between spirituality and science in the recovery process and the hope it offers to the addicted and the people who love them.

Five Signs That Your Partner Is Not Right for You

Does your partner take you for granted? Do you have the same core values? Do you really care about each other? Read on to see if you are right for each other.

How to Give to Others Without Burning Out

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 26, 2017 in Feeling It
Many of us feel burned out. Taking care of others seems like one more burden. Here are science-backed ways you can give to others, reap the benefits, and feel nourished too!

The Para-professional–Student Relationship

Para-professionals wield tremendous power over their charges. After reading “My Paraprofessional Was Supposed to Help me; instead, she Bullied me” I went looking for an interview.

Seven Ways to Uplift a Friend (and Yourself) in Crisis

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Feeling It
How many times do we find ourselves with a friend who is going through a breakup, a loss, or another difficult life transition and find ourselves at a loss for what to do?
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Talking With Your Parent About Aging and Death

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 16, 2017 in On Call
Ways to deal with a life stage that brings opportunities as well as challenges.

The Good-Enough Daughter: Is it Okay?

In assuming a caretaking role for a family member, we must accept that everyone has limitations (us as well as the recipient of our care).

Five Things Not to Say to Someone with Manic Depression

By David Leite on June 14, 2017 in Notes on a Banana
Do your words hurt or help someone with manic depression?

52 Ways to Show I Love You—Protecting

Outer dangers, inner threats, and accidents invite a loved one to intervene, to show love through protecting.

Protecting Brain Injured Patients in Legal Proceedings

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The New Normal
Protective orders can protect people who have compromised cognitive functioning.
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Out With Empathy

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in In Control
The spirit of genuine curiosity is a humble acceptance of our innocence when it comes to the experiences of another.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Striking Story

Julie Rehmeyer’s book is an excellent read even if you have no interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She is a great writer, so the book stands on its own as a page-turning memoir.

Dad Dynamics: The Balancing Act of Modern Fatherhood

By Michael Ascher M.D. on June 05, 2017 in Unhooked
Seven things dads can do to raise emotionally healthy children.

Eight Common Challenges to Accepting a Mental Health Problem

Wondering what gets in the way of accepting a mental health problem? Get some answers from the research and ideas to overcome obstacles.
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A Dozen Ways You Can Support Someone in Recovery

Know someone challenged by recovery from mental illness or addiction? Here are some easy but important ways to show them you care.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Making Miracles

Parents, patients and staff at Blythedale Children's Hospital show what love can manifest as they use trust, caring and commitment to transform lives with assistive technology.