Family Caregiver Burnout and Caregiver Stress

Taking care of family members may seem like such a natural role to us, one we can’t imagine not doing. Therefore, many of us make promises or feel obliged to provide all aspects of care for loved ones. And, we may also be surprised by the toll this takes. Caregiver burnout is a fairly common experience for the family caregiver. We’ll explore some of the specific research about caregiver stress and its effects, as well as solutions.

Why is Caregiver Stress so Widespread?

Caregiving has all the features of a chronic stress experience. It creates physical and psychological strain over extended periods of time. It is…


The Challenges of Home Care and Caregiving

As our population rapidly ages, the number of available family caregivers in younger generations is also diminishing, making this a national crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic only heightened this problem and prompted a national conversation about caregiving and home care.

The Scope of the Issue

  • The number of people in need of care in the U.S. was expected to reach 117 million in 2020 with over 53 million unpaid caregivers, according to research by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving. The value of the unpaid caregiving market in the US exceeds $470 billion.
  • The prevalence of caregiving has risen from 16.6 percent in 2015 to…

Concerns about Senior Drivers: Is Mom in Denial? Are You?

More often than not, when families come to us with a driving-related crisis, they’ve been seeing signs. However, they may have felt Mom or Dad was okay because they only drove locally. Or, perhaps they put in place other safety precautions. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of your parents telling you everything is fine. As their child, it can be difficult to tell them you don’t think it is.

Driving is a key part of everyday life for most Americans. How do you get to the store or church or to see your friends and family if you can’t drive…


Alcohol and aging don’t mix well. And, unfortunately, problems related to alcohol use and the elderly are quite common. In our recent conversations with several trust officers and other professionals who help elder clients, this is one of their top concerns.

So, first, since this tends to be a somewhat “hush hush” issue, let’s set the stage. It’s important to understand the realities, both for families and professionals who help elders.

Alcohol and Aging: The Scope of the Issue

The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) says even when elders live in nursing homes or assisted living, nearly 50% have “alcohol-related problems.” The NCADD points out…


We previously shared our top five movies that show how aging can be beautiful. Today, we want to offer our recommendations for movies about dementia and caregiving.

Caregiving can seem like a movie sometimes, filled with twists and turns. The experience is a mix of drama, suspense, and hopefully a little bit of comedy. Caregiving is often the ultimate love story too. And, dementia feels like a surreal experience for everyone involved. Families face struggles, sometimes heartbreaking decisions, and find themselves on a truly unexpected journey. Movies can give you a new perspective on something that can be hard to…


What is home health care?

The term “home health care” is typically used to refer to skilled care provided in the home, usually under Medicare. Here’s what may be included:

  • Skilled nursing care such as changing wound dressings, feeding through a tube and injecting medicine, provided on a part-time or intermittent basis. Your combined home nursing and personal care cannot exceed eight hours a day or 28 hours a week, except in limited circumstances. If you need full-time or long-term nursing care, you probably will not qualify for home health benefits.
  • Home health aides to assist with personal activities such as bathing, dressing or going…

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) affect many older adults. Both pose significant challenges to those diagnosed and their families, as they require ongoing management. They can lead to various health crises, overall decline, and generally impact your ability to remain safely at home. But, they don’t have to…if managed well.

Today, we’ll share a bit more about these conditions and the resources to help. If you’ve just been diagnosed with COPD or CHF or are struggling with these conditions, we want to reassure you that they can be managed at home. …


As we passed the one-year anniversary of restrictions in the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic many of us wondered: when will this end? Fortunately, vaccines continue being rolled out further. And, Florida just announced a program to help homebound seniors get vaccinated*.

President Biden recently is aiming for the country to begin to find a degree of normalcy and begin to move on from the coronavirus pandemic by the July Fourth holiday. Biden said meeting a goal of small family gatherings “will make this Independence Day truly special.” …


What are your favorite aging movies? It can be tough to think of movies that portray the true and rich experiences of people aging. Popular culture tends to be youth-focused, but there are some quality aging movies we recommend.

Here’s our list of top five aging movies that show some of the beauty and complexity of getting older. We think they have some important lessons for aging wisely. We’ll also be sharing recommendations in the future for movies specifically about caregiving and dementia. So, make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter for updates or follow us on Facebook.

Our Top Five Aging Movies

1. The Straight Story

This 1999…


When you’re dealing with aging parents, it’s not always easy to really know what’s happening. Mom or Dad may try to hide things. It is hard to admit to needing help. And, they may fear that they will lose their independence or choices. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. An elder who hides that they need help often ends up in a crisis. With a little bit of help, it is possible to age happily and healthily at home.

You might think Mom is doing fine, but when dealing with aging parents the problems might be hidden. Here are 10 ways they may be trying to keep you in the dark about their issues:

1. Covering up memory issues or cognitive difficulties

Mom might carry on a fairly normal conversation with you on the phone. However, you notice she is vague…

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