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Caregiver Well-Being



Whenever we take on the responsibility of another person’s physical well-being, we adopt the role of caregiver. Whether we are parents raising children, children caring for aging parents, professionals nursing patients, or even owners taking care of their pets, finding the balance between fulfilling the needs of another’s well-being with our own can be daunting, exhausting, and fraught with judgment and criticism. How we deal with that balance depends on many things, especially on how much agency we feel we had in taking on the role, how much support we receive from others, and how long and intense our period of caregiving will be. But it’s also true that being able to support, elevate, and protect someone else’s quality of life can sometimes be the ultimate human experience of interconnectedness, joy, and love. We can explore many strategies and philosophies to help us find our purpose and peace in caring for others.

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Why Might Good People Deliver Bad Care? | Yvonne Sawbridge | TEDxUniversityofBirmingham

Yvonne Sawbridge says that caring professionals offer hard, emotional work. In the same way in which physical labour is recognised and accounted for in management practice, emotional labour needs to be recognised as a role requirement for nurses and other caring professions.

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Alzheimer’s Through the Stages: A Caregiver’s Guide

How to stay strong, together―through all the stages of Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s books should help everyone involved through this incredibly difficult time. That’s why Alzheimer’s Through the Stages shows you what you can do for your loved one―and yourself―every step of the way.

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How to Be a Caregiver

We asked experts on caregiving and aging, as well as dozens of people who have been caregivers themselves, for their best advice to help the next generation of caregivers.

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Caregivers Work: A Six Step Guide to Balancing Work and Family (Elder Care Edition)

Feeling the stress of caring for an older person while remaining productive on your job? This book can help NOW. This is a practical, comprehensive, and easy-to-use guide that you can use to manage job responsibilities while safely caring for an aging relative or friend.

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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.

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Loving Someone Who Has Dementia: How to Find Hope while Coping with Stress and Grief

Nearly half of U.S. citizens over the age of 85 are suffering from some kind of dementia and require care. Loving Someone Who Has Dementia is a new kind of caregiving book. It’s not about the usual techniques, but about how to manage on-going stress and grief.

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Emotional Side of Caregiving

Whether you become a caregiver gradually or all of sudden due to a crisis, or whether you are a caregiver willingly or by default, many emotions surface when you take on the job of caregiving.

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AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional, and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family

Family care giving has its challenges: emotional overload, time constraints, anxiety, burnout, missed work, adult sibling conflicts, and marital issues.

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40 Resources for Adult Children Caring for Aging Parents

More adults these days find themselves becoming a caregiver for a family member, especially as the older demographic continues to grow. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, 85% of caregivers look after a relative or other loved one, and 42% of them care for a parent.

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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.

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