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Keeping a Marriage Together While Caregiving

Taking care of a sick loved one, whether an older family member or a child, can take its toll on a relationship. The caregiver feels pulled in many directions, trying to balance family, work, friends and caregiving. According to a survey by the National Alliance for Caregiving, caregivers can spend between 30 and 40 hours a week in this role […]

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Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Relief

Here are some meditation myths: you need at least an hour, an abundance of floor pillows, an affinity for incense, and a private guru to guide you. The truth: As little as 15 minutes a day of simple relaxation techniques help you achieve increased immunity, emotional balance, lower blood pressure, decreased stress and inflammation, and a sense of calm. Science […]

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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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