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Caregiver Compassion Fatigue

The demands of being a caregiver can be exhausting and overwhelming, with little respite to see to other concerns or to make time for self-care. Experiencing both physical and emotional burnout is extremely common while performing caregiving duties day in and day out, and finding ways to manage the high levels of stress is crucial to the health and well-being of any person in such a position. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.

Help When Your Heart Breaks

Caring for people who are suffering is a loving, even heroic calling, but it takes a toll. Roshi Joan Halifax teaches this five-step program to care for yourself while caring for others.

Portals Not Problem Solvers

As caregivers, we need to be more than problem solvers. We need to be portals to a larger possibility.

Meditation: The Key to Resilience in Caregiving

Whether you care for a young child, an aging parent, a difficult-to-understand teenager, a client at work with no clear resolution to their problems in sight, any skillful relationship of caregiving relies on balance—the balance between opening one's heart endlessly and accepting the limits of wha...

10 Ways to Love Yourself While Caring for a Sick Relative

The Pew Research Center statistics show the "silver tsunami" has hit the United States. As the oldest generation lives longer and baby boomers reach retirement age, one thing is clear.

Caregivers: Living with Guilt

How to keep it in check by tolerating ambivalence, maintaining balance and staying realistic.

Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you're a caregiver, take steps to preserve your own health and well-being.

Programs That Compensate Family Members to Care for Loved Ones with Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Caring for a loved one with dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, can be a difficult task. Often this task falls to a family member, and as the disease progresses, the care needs become greater, requiring more hours of the caregiver’s time.

Dementia Behaviors: Expert Tips for Understanding and Coping

Anger, confusion, and sadness are a few symptoms a person with dementia may experience regularly. Even though you know your loved one’s dementia behaviors are symptoms of a disease and not intentional, dealing with them is often emotionally and physically challenging.

Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How to Bring Compassion into Your Interactions with Others

My hope is that the G.R.A.C.E. model will help you to actualize compassion in your own life and that the impact of this will ripple out to benefit the people with whom you interact each day as well as countless others.

Caring for a Seriously Ill Child

Taking care of a chronically ill child is one of the most draining and difficult tasks a parent can face. Beyond handling physical challenges and medical needs, you'll have to deal with your child's emotional needs and the impact that a prolonged illness can have on the entire family.

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