As caregivers, you work tirelessly to make your care recipient have the highest quality of life possible. However, it is not uncommon for a caregiver to outlive their care recipient. Unfortunately, the end of life process can be complex. Difficult decisions, as well as intense emotions, are often faced. It is a lot to handle … Continue reading How To Prepare for End of Life
Support groups can be a great way to connect with other individuals. While caregiving is a great joy, it can also take an emotional toll on the caregiver. It can help to simply talk with others that have an idea of what you are going through. By joining a support group, you can develop a … Continue reading Need Someone to Talk to?
A woman, named Susie, had a conversation with President Joe Biden about her role as a caregiver. Living in Texas, Susie started as a caregiver for a family member. She now works for a home care organization. She identifies caregiving as her passion and something she always felt called to do. She tells Biden that … Continue reading Talking About Caregiving with the President
Many people keep a journal as an outlet, but it can be especially helpful for caregivers. AARP has published an article detailing the positive impact a journal can have. Studies have shown that journaling can help prevent depression and stress. Some people use it to write down daily gratitude affirmations. Although, others use a journal … Continue reading Keeping a Caregiving Journal 101
Podcasts can be a great way to unwind, make housework more enjoyable, or make a daily commute less stressful. The San Diego Tribune has compiled a list of caregiving specific podcasts that share stories from different perspectives. Some are specific to medical conditions of the care recipient, such as Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Others … Continue reading A List of Helpful Podcasts for Caregivers
Being a caregiver can sometimes be isolating. It is important to know that although each caregiver is in a unique situation, there are others that have gone through similar experiences. Aging Care provides a list of books related to caregiving ups and downs. These books are a great way to connect to stories of other … Continue reading Book Ideas for Caregivers
Guest blog by Jeannette D Mayer, a caregiver and R4 Board Member Happiness was grabbing that handful of popcorn mixed with chocolate M&M’s® to find the Peanut M&M’s® hiding in there. For many years, these delightful milk chocolates wrapped around tasty peanuts were jokingly called “Happy Pills” in my house. My favorite snack was mixing … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories
How Expo Markers Saved Our Military Family. Guest blog by Jeannette D. Mayer. Every day I look at my husband and am reminded how lucky I am that he was able to come to me… to us! DeWayne came home to our daughter Addy and me after using five of his nine lives from May … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories
Why I go to the gym Guest Blog, Jeannette D. Mayer For as long as I can remember, my husband and daughter have given me a hard time about getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Over the years it hasn’t been easy overcoming the negativity that comes from them about my … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories
If you want to share your experiences with caregiving and work, Joe Fuller would love to hear from you. Stories submitted will be shared anonymously on social media or will be used in the future as Professor Fuller and his team work to bring attention to this important issue. Submit stories to ManagingTheFutureOfWork@hbs.edu.