New Bill in Congress Aims to Support Family Caregivers

Forty million Americans care for their older parents, spouses and other loved ones to help them live independently, at home, each and every day — I am one of them. We family caregivers help with bathing and dressing, transportation, providing meals, and much more. We even handle complex medical tasks like wound care or giving injections. Today, we are an essential part of the U.S. health care system. The unpaid care family caregivers provide is valued at about $470 billion …

How to Get Rid of an Insect “Wasband”

This is my first summer in hot and sunny Florida. I’d like to send the sun packing because I’m not leaving. The only opportunity to exercise without melting into a puddle of sweat is a walk at dawn. No problem; I love dawn. As the sun comes up one morning, I slip outside and head off on foot. Passing a beautiful flowering bush that looks like a lilac, I pause to smell the blooms, just in case they smell like …

Thank You, Nurses, for ALL You Do

As National Nurses Week concludes, I want to take a moment and thank all nurses — past, present, and future — for all that you do. I know firsthand the importance of nurses not only to patients, but to their families. During the 15 years I cared for my parents, nurses made a huge difference in our lives. There’s no doubt, caregiving takes a team, and so often nurses were a part of my family’s team. I also know that …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – April 1 Edition

News, discoveries and … fun We’ve hidden a few April Fools items in 11 Things this week. Tell us which ones you think they are in Comments below — and no peeking. 1. Among the new species discovered last year is the Tinkerbell Fairyfly, in Costa Rica. (Learn more at the International Institute for Species Exploration) 2. A 1,000-year-old remedy that mixes juices from onion and garlic with bile from a cow’s stomach successfully combats the deadly MRSA superbug. (Learn more at …

You’re in Wisconsin. Dad’s in Pennsylvania. What Do You Do When He Needs Help?

Cyndie’s dad suffered a stroke seven years ago. She moved him from Pennsylvania to her home in Wisconsin so she could take care of him. It isn’t always an easy road, but Cyndie is thankful for the precious time she gets to spend with her father. Francesca and her family moved to Florida to care for her aging mother, leaving their home of 27 years in Connecticut. Her role as caregiver grows each month. Althea’s sister Joyce is a partial quadriplegic and …

Family Caregivers, Like Superheroes, Need a Break

“I’m so tired, even my health has gone down due to stress. I love my mom … but with my health issues, all I do is cry alone. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning, can’t breathe … nothing seems OK.” —Ruby Ruby is one of 42 million family caregivers across the country who provide an invaluable resource in caring for an older loved one. Many are on call 24 hours a day – just like a superhero. They serve as accountant, …