care for the caregiver

Amy Goyer describes the extreme demands of caring for someone with Alzheimer's, sometimes driving them to desperation.
I recently read a disturbing  news report about a 69-year-old man in Florida who apparently killed his 89-year-old mother and then committed suicide. Police reported that he left a note stating that his mother, who lived with him, had advanced Alzheimer’s disease and that he was having extreme difficulty caring for her. The story absolutely breaks my heart. While I have certainly never felt that low, as a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s, I do have some insight into the feelings of overwhelming hopelessness this man must have endured to be driven to such a horrific action.
Amy Goyer shares her top tips for caregivers as seen on NBC's TODAY Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda.
Recently, I appeared on the Today show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to share some of my best tips for caregivers. The segments go by in a flash, so I thought I’d share a bit more about each of the tips I discussed on the show (see the video below).
Amy Goyer shares random acts of kindness for caregivers that have helped her and others. AARP contest challenges random acts of kindness to caregivers.
When you’re a caregiver, a small act of kindness — from a helping hand to a sympathetic ear — can mean so much.
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Like so many other family caregivers, I often place my own care on the back burner because I’m focused on the immediate needs of those I’m caring for. But that self-neglect eventually catches up with me — sometimes dramatically. I share one eye-opening experience in my new book, Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving. An excerpt:
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