family caregiving

39 States and Counting: Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI was a long-distance caregiver for my parents for nearly 15 years. Through illness, surgery and rehabilitation, I helped them stay out of institutional care, like a nursing home, and instead remain at home — where they wanted to be. During this time, I purchased my house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with my parents in mind — hoping that Mom and Pop could come to the Cape from New York, enjoy time by the seashore, and get some rest and …

5 Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI spent last weekend with eight of my college roommates for our annual get-together. Through the years we’ve always shared our life events, so it came as no surprise that our conversation turned to the topic of family caregiving. Like millions of fiftysomething women in the U.S. today, my former roomies are struggling to navigate the health care system on behalf of their parents — who now turn to them for help. “Information is power,” I told them. “So let …

Family Caregivers at Work

Posted on 06/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThrough the years, I’ve had to take time off from work to care for my mom and pop. And I’ve always been grateful that I worked for an employer that allowed me to take sick leave or to telework in order to be there for my parents. But I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Today, millions of American workers have no paid or unpaid sick leave. Each day they face loss of pay — or loss of their jobs …

Sometimes Family Caregivers Need a Break

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsEvery day for eight years, my Pop provided hands-on care for my mom, who faced a number of physical challenges.  At age 90, Pop was still helping Mom out of bed into her wheelchair, bathing and dressing her, making the meals, and doing the dishes, laundry and anything else that needed to be done. A few times a week, Pop would get out of the house for a trip to the grocery store and a few staples like bread, milk …

Give Nurses More Authority to Heal

Posted on 05/12/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNational Nurses Week comes to a close today, and I am reminded of my mom’s nurse, Sue. As my parents got older and Pop became Mom’s caregiver, they needed more help. Sue came once a week for the months following Mom’s return home from a rehabilitation center. She checked on Mom’s health and trained Pop on how to care for Mom during the week.  I am still so grateful for Nurse Sue and all that she did. She was one of …

Caring for Our Spouses

Posted on 04/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsBREAKING UPDATE 5/15: Oklahoma becomes the first state in the nation to enact the CARE Act!  SB 1536, also known as the CARE Act, has been signed by Governor Mary Fallin and will take effect November 1, 2014. The bill will help the 600,000 family caregivers in Oklahoma when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.     Meet the Mitchems and the Shapards: two Oklahoma families who would benefit greatly from the Caregiver Advise, Record, …