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Caregiving Pain: What’s in a Name?

Having a person with dementia forget your name is among the most painful parts of the illness and caregiving. A veteran caregiver shares stories to help you feel less alone and tips for handling the hurt.

Adult daughter spending time with senior parents at home.

How to Stay Positive While Caregiving

When surrounded by illness and burdened by menial tasks, it can be easy for caregivers to slide into negative thinking. Here are some practical strategies to stay positive.

Sisters making dinner for their senior father.

How to Deal With Resentment of Family Members Who Don't Pitch In

How to breach the delicate issue of when siblings don't pitch in? Here are some practical pointers that help save your health and relationships.

Senior woman and her daughter taking a walk together outdoors.

10 Things People With Dementia Wish Their Caregivers Knew

Ever wish you could peer inside the brain of your loved one with dementia? Carol Bradley Bursack helps caregivers understand the thoughts of those with dementia.

Senior woman holding her small dog in a living room chair at home.

Helping an Elderly Loved One Leave Behind a Pet

Animals can be a barrier against loneliness for older adults. If a move to assisted living requires someone you love to leave behind a pet, here’s how to help.

Kathi Koll and Don

'Kick-Ass' Author’s Foundation Helps Caregivers in Need

When a life-altering stroke struck her otherwise healthy husband, Kathi Koll’s life changed in an instant. She ultimately used her experience as his caregiver to start a foundation to help caregivers in need.

Man caregiving for a senior.

9 Mistakes to Avoid When Caregiving for Someone Living With Alzheimer's

Mistakes are inevitable when caregiving for someone with Alzheimer's. Some are more avoidable than others. Here are guidelines to avert the most common mistakes.

Woman in a wheelchair and her husband.

12 Tips to Help if You're Caring for Your Spouse

Caregiving is a tough job no matter who it’s for — but when you’re caring for your spouse, it can be especially challenging, not to mention heart breaking. We recognize this tough transition in your relationship and wanted to give you some tips.

Caregiving creates a rift between a married couple.

Ask for Help With Caregiving: Your Marriage May Depend on it

You may have been through some tough times in your relationship but heading into years of caregiving for your parents can test your marriage more than anything you've experienced. Here are some ways to cope — and keep your marriage in the forefront.

Stressed seniors with dementia.

'Virtual Dementia Tour' Gives Caregivers Empathy

The only way to truly train to be a caregiver is to be put in their shoes — or, in some cases, their wheel chair. But unfortunately (or, fortunately), you can’t, so a virtual reality is the next best (or worst) thing. It’s the most humbling experience a caregiver can have.