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The Care Maze

by Jody Gastfriend  Back in the mid-1990s, when I ran a home health care agency, it was the visiting nurse who managed a patient’s medical needs and the family who helped with household chores and personal care. But with shorter hospital stays and advances in technology, families are now assuming... more

The Art Of Connection: Caring For A Loved One With Dementia

By Jody Gastfriend  In the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to participate in an event sponsored by UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, an organization dedicated to the relentless mission of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The organization was founded by Trish and George Vradenburg, a wealthy, politically connected couple who decided... more

How To Care For Ourselves Too

By Jody Gastfriend  As caregivers, we may ignore advice to take care of ourselves, but we do so at our own peril. We each have to replenish our reserves of strength and compassion or else our well will run dry. Caregiver stress is real. It can result in illness, addiction... more

Making Work Work

By Jody Gastfriend   Sometimes when it comes to work/life balance I feel like I missed the boat. Yes, I somehow balanced it all—kids, my career, and caring for my dad. Back then there was no open forum, like Facebook or blogs, to describe all the madness and get some... more

How To Care For Ourselves Too

Excerpt from Jody Gastfriend's "My Parent's Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving"    As caregivers, we may ignore advice to take care of ourselves, but we do so at our own peril. We each have to replenish our reserves of strength and compassion... more

Good, Bad And Nonexistent Siblings

When you’re overwhelmed and overburdened, it’s easy to feel that your siblings are standing on the sideline taking potshots. Those on the front lines of caregiving may not say it, but they need support, encouragement, and all hands-on deck. Feeling criticized doesn’t help. This can lead to the “I shouldn’t... more