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Memory, Forgetfulness, and Aging: What’s Normal and What’s Not?

Many older adults worry about their memory and other thinking abilities. For example, they might be concerned about taking longer than before to learn new things, or they may sometimes forget to pay a bill. These changes are usually signs of mild forgetfulness — often...

Nutrition and Aging

Eating a balanced, nutritious diet is important for maintaining health, especially as people age.  Caregivers can help by observing what, when, and how much their care receivers eat. Are they eating enough or too much? How much food is processed versus fresh food?...

Keeping Your Sense of Humor as a Family Caregiver

Caregiving is a serious responsibility requiring physical and emotional energy and commitment. Caregiving is also the knowledge that caring for a family member with chronic illness such as Alzheimer's disease or any physical illness is a long-term marathon, not a...

Dealing with Post-Holiday Blues

Six small steps to take to help you get back on track after the holidays. We are a couple of weeks into the new year, and I am still struggling with post-holiday blues. It’s time to get on with life. But right now I’d rather just stay in bed with my cozy flannel...

Are you prepared to be a caregiver?

Evidence shows that most caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support. Caregivers show higher levels of depression. Depressed caregivers are more likely to have coexisting anxiety disorders, substance abuse or dependence, and...

Have you thought about your Digital Afterlife?

It might sound like something out of science fiction, but the digital afterlife is very real and affects nearly all of us, whether we like it or not. Digital afterlife is the presence and information that lives online when you're gone. If you, or your care recipient,...

Anxiety and Caregiving

Balancing your life and responsibilities as a caregiver can feel overwhelming. This is why it’s common for caregivers to feel anxious. Anxiety is a strong feeling of worry or fear. Causes of Anxiety in Caregivers Caregiver anxiety can be caused by many things, such...

Who Me? I’m Just Stressed Out. When Caregiver Stress May be Anxiety, Depression, or Both

In the past year or so mental health has been discussed more openly. The differences between stress, anxiety, and depression can be confusing. How do you know when feeling overstressed may be anxiety or depression? What about the mental health of the person you care...

8 Things You Didn’t Know Social Security Could Do for You

For many people, Social Security's function begins and ends with a monthly payment. And to be sure, ensuring benefits get delivered on time and in full to tens of millions of older adults, people with disabilities and members of their families 12 times a year is the...

Utility Scams to watch out for

Many electric, water, and natural gas customers throughout the country are being targeted by impostor utility scams. Scammers also take advantage of natural disasters and other disruptive scenarios when households are otherwise preoccupied. They target customers by...

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Caregiver Stories

Inspirational stories and advice from other caregivers.

Bill’s Story

My mother had Alzheimer’s disease for 17 years before her body finally gave up the fight. I didn't realize that I was being trained to be in a position to take care of my wife. My wife Linda's career was as a broker and underwriter for commercial insurance for 40...

How Jalen copes with Loss During The Holidays

No matter who you are or what you’ve been through, at some point in your life, you will experience loss. It could be a friend, family member, or someone who has made an impact on your life. It will cause disruption in your thinking, feelings, and behaviors because...

Caregiver By Chance, Caregiver By Choice

| At nine years old, I lost my dad. So young, however, so wise to know I needed to help my mom with my brothers and sister. You see, my mom was not well, so I was the “fill-in mom.” At the age of sixteen, my mom died, leaving six children. As...

Caregiver as Bad off as Care Recipient

I am sole caregiver for my husband for going on about six years now. My husband has become partially disabled from cervical surgery, rendering him unable to move his head and shoulders, which is painful and incapacitating in and of itself. Then a few years ago he was...

Laurie’s Story

|  In 2006, my mother, a retired social worker, and I started Apple Care and Companion, a caregiving agency in Dallas that provides daily care and companionship. About 18 months after we started the business, I learned first-hand what it’s...

Picking up the pieces after the one you are caring for dies

|  Written by Iris Waichler of the Caregivers Space When you are in the midst of being a caregiver, you build your time and your life around managing the caregiver tasks that need to be done. As a caregiver for my dad, I know my schedule...

La vida después del cuidado (Life after care)

|  Cinco cuidadores comparten su camino hacia la alegría y el propósito después de cuidar de un ser querido. Se estima que 41.8 millones de adultos en Estados Unidos (el 17% de los cuales son hispanos) cuidan de sus seres queridos y pasan en...

Caring for a PWP (Person’s with Parkinson’s)

|  I became a caregiver when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 1999. We had no idea what to expect. We were both working full-time with a son in elementary school. The first few years were pretty easy with no...

Annie’s story – doctor’s wife becomes a fearless caregiver

My caregiving started when my my physician/husband was diagnosed with a rare sarcoma in 2011. Staying on top of what he might need at any moment, anticipating needs and acting quickly and effectively, can be the hardest and yet most rewarding thing.   Advice for any...

Paula’s Story

Caregiver Profile: Paula Baughman My caregiving experience began when my mom and aunt needed help taking care of their dad. I never really had a close relationship with my grandpa. Growing up he was never around. Now, I know about his childhood and his time in the...

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Ever listened to someone talk about their life and thought ‘Oh, someone else has been through that, too? I thought it was just me!’ Every story shared is a chance to aid another caregiver and help them feel less alone. Your story will be confidential or use your initials. Help other caregivers and yourself by sharing your experience.

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About Family Caregivers Online

Our Purpose

This website was created as a resource for caregivers as a source of unbiased information.

Our Mission

To provide caregivers with helpful, current, and easy-to-navigate information, to assist them with caregiving. 

Additional Services

Additional services include emailed newsletters, Caregiver TeleconnectionFacebook and Twitter social media, and other information.

Winner of the 2021 Caregiver Friendly Award

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