Here are some
lessons learned from some really
smart caregivers: Form a partnership
with your doctors. If you don’t stop
and take care of you, you won’t be
good for anybody. Be proactive—don’t
treat your loved one’s pain lightly.
BE THERE. When there is support,
there is hope. The caregivers
dispelling this advice are not
degreed professionals. Their names
are (in order of advice given) Barry
Manilow, Montel Williams, Larry King
and Héctor Elizondo.
I actually have
my sister Linda to thank for the
opportunity to interview these and
many other caregivers with famous
faces over the past two decades. In
1995, when Today’s Caregiver first
rolled off the presses, she started
lobbying for us to include celebrity
cover interviews in each issue. This
is something that had never been
done before and frankly, I thought
it was a terrible idea. I was
convinced that family caregivers
would react negatively to stories
about the rich and famous caring for
their loved ones. In fact, nothing
could be further from the truth.
Finally, in the third issue of the
magazine, we ran our first celebrity
cover interview and the responses
were absolutely tremendous—a fact
she never lets me forget...read more
Nutrition Ideas for Stress Reduction
By Cheryl Ellis, Staff Writer
Stress depletes the body of
energy in a variety of ways. Loss of sleep, feelings
of agitation or depression, and development of poor
eating habits are “side effects” of stress that need
By Mary Z. McGrath, Ph.D.
When the first signs of a
serious illness occur in a spouse, friend or family
member, one may feel very powerless and overwhelmed.
Surprisingly though, when assuming the role of
caregiver, whether directly in your home or indirectly
if your loved one is in a facility or hospital...read more
Eating Disorders: How to Offer Support
By Christopher Clark
If you are a spouse or parent of someone with an eating disorder, you are all too aware of that feeling of helplessness as you watch your loved one’s physical and psychological condition deteriorate. You may notice changes in personality. An individual may turn from being sociable and energetic to being withdrawn and depressed...read
I am trying to help a friend who is a
caregiver to her aging mother. The
mother lives with her
and is very verbally and physically abusive to her. From
what I can gather, the mother has always mistreated her and
has always hated her, like she is angry she gave birth to
her. Now, the mother lives with her and she is the
caregiver, yet the abuse does not stop. My friend is an
emotional wreck and I would like to help her, but I don't
know how. Is there anywhere in the Montgomery County, Texas
area that I can send her to for help?
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