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Amy Goyer


As an expert in aging and families, specializing in family caregiving and multigenerational issues, Amy Goyer is a consultant, speaker, writer and AARP Home & Family Expert. She is the primary caregiver for her father in Arizona. Follow her on Twitter @amygoyer and Pinterest! Connect on Facebook or LinkedIn; she's agoyer here in the AARP Online Community.

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Dementia Caregivers Especially Stressed, Report Finds

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingFamily caregivers who are caring for loved ones with cognitive and behavioral health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression, face particularly demanding challenges, according to a  new report from AARP and The United Hospital Fund. As a result of all the demands on them, a majority of these caregivers say they feel stressed much of the time as they try to juggle their caregiving responsibilities with other work or family obligations. As primary caregiver for my dad, who has Alzheimer’s disease, I can …

Join Us: Care4YouToo Contest Helps Caregivers Get Fit

Posted on 08/7/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingOver the past five years of intensive caregiving for my parents, I have watched my numbers go up — my cholesterol, my weight, my body fat and, yes, my jeans size. And let’s not even mention my stress level and the number of pieces of chocolate I eat daily. One number has gone down, though: the number of hours I spend taking care of myself by exercising, meditating, relaxing or sleeping. Unfortunately, it’s a pattern many of us who are …

Hot Times: How Summer Heat Affects Caregiving

Posted on 07/24/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe dog days of summer can complicate caregiving. For my 90-year-old dad, whose progressing Alzheimer’s disease makes him sensitive to extremes in temperature, the typical 110-degree Phoenix weather is too hot to go outside, but an overly air-conditioned room is too cold. The result for my father is low motivation, appetite and activity levels that aren’t good for his health. Here are some of the creative ways I use to keep up with my dad’s health care, socialization and exercise …

Living Father’s Day

Posted on 06/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI don’t usually leave Daddy for long. But this time a series of work commitments — and a high school reunion — means I’ll stay away from home for 19 days. Although my sister Linda is going to be with Daddy for most of that time, it’s still very hard to leave knowing he may change a great deal while I’m away, and that he will probably feel less safe and secure without my presence. He doesn’t always know I am …

Enticing Dad to Eat When Alzheimer’s Interferes

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I was a kid, my sisters and I used to call Dad the “human garbage disposal” because he was happy to finish off anything we had left on our plates. He’s always had a healthy appetite, but since my mom died seven months ago, Alzheimer’s disease has begun to erode many aspects of Dad’s daily functioning, including his hunger and enjoyment of food. When Dad refuses ice cream, true panic fills my heart. If he doesn’t want his favorites, …

New Survey: Intergenerational Family Connections Matter

Posted on 05/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe Beatles might have gotten by with a little help from their friends, but I couldn’t do it without my family — especially when it comes to caregiving for my parents. Knowing my sisters will help is invaluable, whether I’m having trouble coordinating Dad’s care and my work schedule or I’m simply feeling tired and overwhelmed. We support Dad and each other through this difficult time. I’m not alone in my reliance on family. According to a new report released today …