family caregiving

The Takeaway: “You Gave, Now Save”—Don’t Miss Out On Benefits for Older Americans

Posted on 02/16/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayMissing Out? Millions of older Americans might qualify for healthcare, prescription drug, food and utility bill assistance—if they only knew about it.

AARP Caregiving Forum Round-up

Posted on 12/2/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEarlier this week, I watched AARP’s forum, The Challenges of Family Caregiving: What Needs to be Done? via webcast. Sitting in front of my computer in Arizona, I watched the speakers discuss their caregiving experiences and their recommendations for program and policy improvements to support more than 40 million family caregivers in the U.S. The 10 speakers were authors of books about caregiving and experts in their fields, but first and foremost, they are – or have been – family …

When Caregiving Gets Messy

Posted on 10/3/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMom has had a very rough 6 months. At the root of this complicated, draining and scary health journey is the dreaded “D” word.  It’s the health topic no one wants to talk about. People ask how my Mom is doing and when I tell them there is often an uncomfortable silence – it’s a messy subject. People really don’t want to know the details. It’s one of those delicate topics that seem so private and off limits in polite …

Valuing the Invaluable – Me

Posted on 07/19/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI spent most of yesterday doing media interviews about a new report AARP released called, “Valuing the Invaluable” – which did just that…it put a dollar value on me. I know my parents feel I’m invaluable – but I didn’t realize anyone else did! The value of over 40 billion hours of care that 62 million family members – like you and me - provided for our loved ones in 2009 came to $450 BILLION. That’s as much or more than the total sales of …

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Posted on 07/24/2009 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

VolunteeringThe website, Lotsa Helping Hands, makes it simple to reach out to locals in need by creating an online community with a calendar and announcements for organizing.

News To Know: Better To Give

Posted on 05/6/2009 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

RelationshipsA new study shows that caring for family may extend your life span.