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The Unpredictability of Caregiving

by: Kathi Koll on

This has been a year of unpredictability for everyone, but even in normal times, unpredictability is often the constant companion of caregivers. Health emergencies may strike in the middle of the night, or the evolution of a loved one’s disease might cause new concerns or sudden schedule changes. Worry about what might happen can mean that even when things seem to be going well, it can feel as if they aren’t. Unpredictability can mean that one never feels safe or settled. In unpredictable environments, both anxiety and stress tend to rise, which may lead to increased d  ...read more

Help Us Give a Helping Hand

by: Kathi Koll on

Become a donor () today and make a difference in a struggling caregiver's life! This year has been filled with unimaginable difficulties and challenges for all of us, especially caregivers in need. The coronavirus crisis has been life-changing for most families and it has deeply affected family caregivers caring for their loved ones who are most vulnerable. Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood once said, “ When times are scary we must look for the helpers, because you will always find people that are helping .” We are those helpers! Since the found  ...read more

Keeping Your Spirits Up in a Trying Time

by: Kathi Koll on

In the midst of a pandemic, hope can seem hard to find. Anger, frustration, and dismay may seem like easy emotions to slide into, but hope is all around you if you look for it. Hope is in the sounds of birds outside your window. It’s in the flower popping up in a crack in the pavement. It’s also in the people who are fighting to save people’s lives whether by working at hospitals, making homemade masks, or staying inside to safeguard others. Hope also resides in the increased notice many people are now taking of the most vulnerable people in our population. Kendra Webster,   ...read more

Navigating the Waters of Social Isolation

by: Kathi Koll on

Social isolation is often a danger to caregivers’ health. Now it’s a problem for the whole world. Yet for caregivers, the issues can be particularly rough due to the added stress of caring for an ailing loved one. Across much of the world, social distancing has meant that caregivers can no longer visit relatives in nursing homes. Caregiver support groups have been canceled or moved online. Friends and family are prohibited from stopping by for uplifting visits. And worry may be much more intense because of how problematic the coronavirus can be for the elderly or people with underl  ...read more