The Missing Piece of Managing Caregiver Stress

“I spent many years wondering why self-care wasn’t enough to manage the stress of being a caregiver. It was only when I discovered Nervous System Regulation (NSR) that I began to understand that no matter how delightful self-care might feel at the time, no matter how much relief I experienced in the moment from talking…

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The Kaleidoscopic World of Alzheimer’s and Sensory Perception

“My 94-year-old mother is one of an estimated 6.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia. A few weeks ago, she fell and fractured her hip. When she returned to her assisted living apartment from the hospital four days later, I . . .” https://www.nextavenue.org/alzheimers-dementia-sensory-perception

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More Treatment Options for People with Macular Degeneration

“Nearly a decade ago Jane Burdette glanced up from a cross-stitch project and noticed the door frame suddenly looked crooked. ‘I called my primary doctor who referred me to an ophthalmologist who saw me immediately. She contacted the retina specialist who saw me the same day, diagnosed the problem, and gave me the . .…

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Caregiving and Complicated Family Dynamics

“In 2020, AARP identified the number of caregivers at 53 million Americans; 89% care for a relative or partner, with women representing 75% of all caregivers. Marry these percentages with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating one child in seven experiences child abuse or neglect in the United States at the hands of…

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My Mom Died of Dementia. Here’s What Scares Me Most.

“Everyone experiences occasional memory lapses. What did I mean to pick up at the grocery store? That person said hi to me — what is their name again? My favorite song when I was a senior in high school — what was it? Yes, everyone forgets now and again. But not everyone’s mother died of…

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Workplace Caregiving: One Size Does Not Fit All

“For 15 years, Wendy Perry, 64, juggled her job as IT manager for a private K-12 school in San Juan Capistrano, California, while also caring for her mother, who passed away last year at age 101. Without a break, Perry is now stepping into her second tour of duty as a caregiver, this time for…

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The Joys and Grief of Adopting a Loved One’s Pet

“When I called my mother on the phone one early November afternoon, her voice was weary. She’d picked up one of her cats, Isis, from the vet with bad news. The green-eyed tabby of unknown age had developed a tumor in her mouth that was inoperable. She had only a short time left before she…

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When to Worry about Worrying

“In this post-Covid world, there is no shortage of things to worry about. Social norms, the common good and the balance of community have changed or been lost. The political world is fractured, money is tight, and many of us feel marginalized or disenfranchised as we move through an ordinary day. As a result, we…

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Caregiving for Loved Ones With ADHD or Autism

“When Sheldon Snodgrass was growing up, he and his family laughed at his father’s distractedness, starts and stops of activities, and lack of focus. Now that his dad is in his 80s, living on his own since Snodgrass’s mom passed away earlier this year, the behaviors that were once cute and tolerable have become a…

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