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From Sister to Schizophrenia Caregiver

In 2006, author Sarah Rae’s brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Now she shares the challenges of the journey that led up to his diagnosis – and what came next – in her new book, The Fog of Paranoia. Here’s a quick Q&A with Sarah about the experience chronicled in her book. CaringBridge: It’s clear from your writing that your older […]

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Dementia Caregiver Tip: Have Patients Tell Stories

It’s been said that when an old person dies, a library burns to the ground. Their treasure-trove of memories, life experiences and teachable moments is lost forever. But recent findings reveal that allowing people with memory loss to talk about their lives and encouraging them to tell their personal stories contributes to their well-being. Surprisingly, it helps their caregivers, too. […]

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Good Deeds Create Instant Karma

She was tiny, ancient, and very, very slow. The old woman, stooped with osteoporosis and carrying a large grocery bag, inched toward the supermarket entrance. “Can I help you?” I asked. She said yes without hesitation and handed me the bag (it was feather-light). Minutes later we reached the customer service counter. She touched my arm with her small, nearly-translucent […]

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Our Caregiver Family of the Month – August 2013

Every month, CaringBridge likes to recognize a caregiver or family of the month that exemplifies our mission to amplify love, hope and compassion in the world. Whether it’s in a classroom or on a CaringBridge Site, communication is important to success. Walt S., an educator, knew this. And during his treatment for lung cancer, he decided to stay in touch with […]

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Sharing Stories Can Ease Symptoms of Illness

When times are tough, it can feel good to share stories and feelings. Research says that for people dealing with a health journey, both telling and listening to stories can help them cope and even reduce symptoms of cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, high blood pressure and other conditions. Caregivers can use this knowledge to help their loved ones express themselves in […]

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