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Working Women and Caregiving

Women, particularly those over 40, increasingly find themselves in the role of caregiver to an aging parent, often while raising their own children AND working outside the home. Many find themselves without much of a support system as they work

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Who cares for caregivers when they get sick?

Caregivers are not immune to common illness, e.g., a cold, flu, stomach virus. In fact, the stresses of caregiving often increase their risk of getting sick and may compromise their recovery. Physicians and other healthcare providers should recognize that their

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“Do I Have Rights as a Caregiver?” Understanding the CARE ACT

As we close out the year and get ready for 2019, it’s important that caregivers are recognized for all the support they give daily to their loved one, and to make sure they understand their rights. Most caregivers know the

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Finding Your Breathing Bench

Many times I called it my time out bench, then it became my break away seat, eventually it was just a place I could breathe. Usually hospitals are not where you think of for respite but when you are caring

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Let’s talk about End of Life and Advance Care Planning

Because it’s always too soon until it’s too late. Whether it is denial, avoidance or procrastination some of us just plain don’t want to deal with an issue that is as intensely emotional as considering completing End of Life wishes documents.

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Personal Care and Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Avoid the Struggle

Bathing can be difficult for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and also then often becomes a daily struggle for their caregivers. Here are some suggestions that might help if you are providing bathing assistance for your loved one: Have all

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Healthy Options for Family Caregivers Throughout the Holiday Season!

Tis the season for lots of celebrations; spending time with loved ones and friends, overeating on comfort foods, decadent desserts, gift giving and all the holiday preparations in making the holidays the most wonderful time of the year!  Unfortunately most

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This Magic Moment Memory Cafe – Enjoying the Holidays Together

The Family Caregiver Support Program at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley has collaborated with the Newburyport Council on Aging (COA) to present “This Magic Moment Memory Café, Enjoying the Holidays Together”. We would like to invite you and your

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Let’s Thank the Caregivers

November is National Family Caregiver Month. Every President since President Clinton has made a proclamation to recognize the caregivers in our country before we sit down to eat turkey and pie on Thanksgiving. So what does a national month name

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Bombarded with information, SHINE to the Rescue!

This may be how you feel at this time of year if you are eligible for Medicare, already have Medicare, or turning 65 soon. With television advertisements that tell you they have the best plan for you, the extra mail