Self-care

9 ways sandwich-generation caregivers can manage stress

The "sandwich generation" is made up of people who are simultaneously taking care of their children and helping their aging parents. Predictably, this causes a lot of stress. At times, it can feel impossible to manage everything. You're only one person, after all! "I don't think I handle... more

How to juggle parent and kid care in the summer months

Navigating life in the sandwich generation is tough enough during the cooler fall, winter and spring seasons, but the challenge becomes even greater during summer. That’s because for many people who are balancing child-rearing and eldercare, the months between September and May provide somewhat of a built-in safety net: school... more

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Activities of daily living: What are they and how are they used?

Assessing when and what kind of additional care might be needed for a loved one or client can be tough. Independence can be difficult to gauge, and decline isn’t always apparent. The six activities of daily living (ADLs) and the eight instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) can be helpful... more

40 inspirational quotes for caregivers

If you know the selfless, rewarding life of caring for another person, then you also know how heavy things can get. That's true no matter whether you're a family member caring for a loved one or a caregiver working with a patient. Sometimes, just a kind word of... more

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How professional senior caregivers can prevent and tackle burnout

As a professional caregiver, you may think you’d be able to recognize the signs of burnout in yourself. But it can also sneak up on you — like it did for Caroline Morris, a board-certified geriatric physical therapist in Alexandria, Virginia. Morris knew she was stressed. For several years, she... more

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In-home care: What are your options?

Joel J., of Berkeley, California, started thinking about home care for his mother-in-law after she totaled her car five years ago. “We knew she had been declining, but that was the wake-up call that she needed more help,” he says. This is a common scenario, says Dr. Nicole Rochester... more

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Adult day care: What it is and how to choose a center

The decision to seek outside care for an older loved one is a deeply personal — and often difficult — one to make. Every family must weigh the pros and cons of different senior support services to determine what might work best for them. Adult day care centers (also referred... more

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How Medicare and Medicaid cover long-term care

Medicare and Medicaid. Their names are frustratingly easy to confuse or misstate. But when you’re navigating the emotionally charged (and expensive) waters of health care coverage later in life, the differences are essential. Medicare and Medicaid are very different in terms of how they cover long-term care, a term for the... more