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Navigating the Waters of Social Isolation

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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

Make Your 2020 Caregiving Year a Happy One!

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A new year can be a time to reflect. How did the previous year work for me, my family, my community, the world? What could I change to bring more light into the coming year? Sometimes potential changes can be personal, such as improving health or tackling a desired project. However, as a caregiver, the caregiving part of the equation may need extra attention. Caregiving can provide joy, but it can also create pain—both mental and physical. Up to 70 percent of caregivers have clinically significant levels of depression, while 63 percent of caregivers   ...read more

Family & Caregiving: A Thankful Combination

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Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family connections. However, for caregivers, family relationships can be complicated. Sometimes, resentment may arise when one or two family members take on most of the caregiving duties. The reasons for such inequality may be understandable. Perhaps parents and one sibling live in the same town while other siblings live far away, so they can’t provide as much in-person assistance. Or maybe one sibling is single while the others have multiple children and competing demands on their time. Or perhaps, a spouse is reluctant to as  ...read more

Tackling Fear in Caregiving

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Caregiving can be scary—not in the way a Halloween horror flick provokes fear—but instead the way real life does. Caregiving often involves loss and perhaps some unexpected changes. For me, it was my husband’s stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down. Starting with that moment, fear became something that we both had to address. Other emotions were also woven into the situation, such as hope, love, and anger, but fear was there too and could be one of the most challenging feelings to address. Fear can paralyze you. When my husband first became ill,  ...read more

The Power of Caregiving Friends

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Before reading my blog I need your help! The 2019 Kathi Koll Foundation Capital Campaign is winding down. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today and helping a caregiver in need. Please go to http://www.kathikollfoundation.org/donate to make a contribution and help a caregiver in need. Thank You! —Kathi Koll The Power of Caregiving Friends: Kinship and Connection Through Support Groups When I was my husband’s caregiver, I wish I could have more easily connected with others experiencing similar issues. Now, many res  ...read more