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Six Ways to Find Time For Yourself

When you get on an airplane, you hear the drill: In case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask, then help others. “I probably use that analogy in every class I teach,” says Jenny West, Caregiver Support Community Educator at Family Means in Stillwater, Minnesota. “You have to be at 100 percent to give 100 percent.” Here, West provides […]

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Keeping Your Job While Caregiving

Caregiving can often be uncharted waters. Add in the juggle of a day job, and it can feel downright impossible to navigate. What to do when an unpredictable, important personal situation and the need for a paycheck and professional outlet collide? Leanna Smith at the Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging in St. Paul, Minn., says the solution usually starts by […]

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Be Smart When Managing Multiple Medications

It can be daunting for family caregivers to keep track of multiple medications for loved ones. But the more you know about each prescription and why it’s needed, and the more you ask for help from health-care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems. Geriatrician James Pacala, M.D., the president of the American Geriatrics Society, offers these tips for […]

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Family Matters: Four Ways to Reduce the Stress of Caregiving

Caregiving is especially hard on families. Yet there are ways to manage that stress, says Robert Kane, M.D., director of the Center on Aging at the University of Minnesota and author of It Shouldn’t Be This Way: The Failure of Long-Term Care and The Good Caregiver. How can you manage such stress? Kane offers these tips: Talk to Each Other Discuss what […]

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Keep Kids’ Boredom at Bay with Crafts!

Caregiving is often a matter of juggling tasks – making sure the person for whom you’re caring has everything he or she needs, while you keep your kids from uttering the dreaded words, “We’re bored!” Finding Simple Crafts The Internet can be a great place to find activities and crafts that will interest your kids. Many of the crafts don’t […]

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