Family Caregiving Center

Often times, aging family members are taken care of by their children, spouses and other relatives. The following articles discuss various forms of family caregiving and other topics that are related to being a family caregiver.

Geriatric Care: Avoiding Burnout

Family CaregivingExperts in the field of geriatric care estimate there are 44+ million family caregivers in the United States; approximately 23 million households. Family caregivers provide long-term care in the home of those with chronic illness or disabilities. Assuming the role of a family caregiver can involve love, compassion, obligation, guilt, pride and even financial circumstances. Learn more about avoiding caregiver burnout with geriatric care

Aging Parents: Consider Senior Housing Options Before a Crisis

The old, two-story bungalow was perfect 30 years ago; but over the years it has become too quiet, too big and too dangerous for your favorite 80-year-old to navigate. In addition, momís heart condition sometimes makes her dizzy, she doesnít cook anymore and she readily admits that driving the old Chrysler wears her out. But when one of the kids suggests it might be time to consider independent living or assisted living, the proud matriarch puts her foot down. Learn more about broaching the subject of senior living communities with aging parents

Care for Elderly Parents: Where to Find It

Given that 80-85% of elders who need care are in crisis, it is fortunate that options for care for the elderly have grown considerably over the past decade. In addition, our ability to uncover and understand what these options entail continues to evolve. Today, we have access to a huge amount of information as well as an increasing number of resources to help guide us as we navigate a course to finding the best possible care. Read more about how to find care for elderly parents…

Senior Services: Keeping America’s Seniors Happy & Healthy

As the percentage of older Americans increases, senior services are growing in response to the particular needs of seniors. Both the public and private sectors have responded and continue to evolve. Most services are available to seniors living in their homes as well as residing in a variety of senior living communities. Learn more about the many senior services available…

A Geriatric Care Manager: When To Hire One

A geriatric care manager provides specialized services for seniors and their families during the search for senior housing and senior care services. Part social worker, part advocate and part educator, a certified geriatric care manager examines a seniorís situation holistically, using this information to help identify a seniorís needs and determine the appropriate type, level and source of housing and care to help meet those needs. Read more about when to hire a geriatric care manager

Care for the Elderly: Who Will Do It?

By 2030, 72.1 million adults over age 65 will live in the U.S. Thatís more than twice the number of older adults in 2005 and 20% of the projected population, begging the question: who will care for the elderly? Learn more about the different types of care for the elderly

Residential Care: Is It The Right Choice For You?

As we grow older, our needs change. Safety, meeting basic daily needs, taking medications and memory issues can all impact the needs of an aging population. Two of the most common care options for seniors in need of caregiving support are in-home care and residential care. Whether you are weighing the pros and cons of residential care versus in-home care for yourself or a loved one, there are a great deal of factors to consider. Read more about residential care

Caregiver Stress: Managing The Guilt

Guilt is one of the more common emotions felt by caregivers of aging parents and loved ones. Caregivers are often overburdened and torn between what they need to accomplish for their employer, their spouse, their family and their care recipient. What was not accomplished often leads to feelings of caregiver stress and guilt. Learn more about how to relieve caregiver stress

Aging Parents: Starting the Conversation

Aging Parents: Starting the Conversation, is the first in a six-part e-book series called, Aging Deliberately: A Guide to Caring for Aging Parents, authored by Liz Taylor, expert writer for and a 35-year veteran in the aging field. Learn more about starting the conversation with your aging parents and Download a Free Overview of the book today…

U.S. Helplines & Hotlines for Suspected Elder Abuse

Should you suspect an elderly loved one is being abused either at home or at a long-term care facility, there is help available. View a comprehensive directory of elder abuse hotlines and protective services agencies for all 50 states across America.

Chronic Pain Control for the Older Adult

Ever-increasing pain in the bodies of our elderly population is often considered a normal and unavoidable part of the aging process, but the discomfort of your senior loved one is not a problem that should be tolerated or ignored. Read more about how to manage chronic pain in older adults

Medication Management and Safety

As your loved one ages, he or she is more prone to develop adverse medical conditions, which, in turn, may result in numerous medications being prescribed by a variety of different health care professionals. While it is essential to treat illness in the elderly, taking multiple medications poses many risks. Learn more about how to help your elderly loved one manage medications safely

Planning for a Hospitalization

Planning for a hospital stay can be stressful at any age but for seniors it also comes with fear and uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be that way. Being prepared, knowing what to expect and having someone to look out for your best interests before, during and after your hospital stay will make for a better experience. Learn more about planning a hospital stay

The Psychological and Social Impacts of Aging

At first glance, it seems that the average senior citizen is free to pursue leisure interests and generally enjoy a life unencumbered by former responsibilities and aggravations. While these things are true to a degree, it is important not to overlook or discount the many stresses a person faces when he or she begins to age. Read more about how to help your elderly loved one cope with the impacts of aging

Keeping Medications Cost Effective

A 2011 survey conducted by The Senior Citizen’s League discovered that 44% of respondents struggle to pay for their prescribed medications. Your loved one may also be feeling the pinch of expensive drug prices but, fortunately, there are safe ways to decrease these costs and make medications a little bit more affordable. Discover tips on how to keep your elderly loved one’s medications cost effective

List of U.S. Local Area Agencies on Aging & Title VI Programs

Local Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) provide referrals and information that help older adults remain safely in their homes and in their local communities for as long as possible. View a comprehensive list of AAAs and Title VI programs in each of the 50 U.S. states and 7 U.S. Territories.

Grief and Challenges Magnified for LGBT Caregivers

Caregiving is an emotionally taxing and difficult task for loved ones to undertake. It requires a level of dedication, intimacy and love that goes above and beyond relationships in which partners are healthy and able to care for themselves. That being said, caregiving for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) community often is even more challenging because those relationships are not always out in the open as heterosexual relationships are. Learn more about the many challenges facing LGBT caregivers