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    Music program brings care partners closer even in a socially distant world

    Posted 08/27/2020 by Fallon Health

    As part of the Shared Voices choir, people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers sing together in a fun, stress-free group. It's a good way to take time to appreciate each other’s company—while also developing friendships with people going through similar challenges.

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    Coping tips for Sandwich Generation caregivers

    Posted 06/29/2020 by Fallon Health

    Try these 6 tips for managing care for older and younger loved ones simultaneously during the coronavirus pandemic, while also maintaining your own physical and mental well-being.

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    Overcoming the difficulties of social distancing

    Posted 05/14/2020 by Fallon Health

    Family caregivers and all types of health care professionals have had to drastically change their routines and expectations during this time of COVID-19 and “social distancing.” Social worker Emily Lemire discusses ways to keep your social connections and adapt to circumstances.

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    5 things caregivers need to know

    Posted 11/25/2019 by Fallon Health

    Whether you’re a caregiver now or expect to be in the future, Dr. Gerald Gleich has advice to help as you go through the experience.

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    How caregiving changes relationships

    Posted 09/10/2019 by Fallon Health

    Long-established relationships can change quickly when dementia becomes a factor. Dr. Brenda King describes one couple's experience and gives tips for recognizing and adapting to dementia-related changes.

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    How caregivers benefit from mindfulness

    Posted 05/21/2019 by Fallon Health

    Caregiving can make you feel like you’re on autopilot; you just get done what needs to be done, with no time for yourself. Practicing mindfulness may help you find new ways to appreciate your surroundings—even under difficult circumstances—and provide you with health benefits at the same time.

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  • What to do when your loved one needs additional care

    Posted 04/10/2019 by Fallon Health

    The signs are all there. Your loved one needs more care. What's the best way to bring up the subject? Diane Paseos, a Fallon Health social worker, has some recommendations to help you get started.   

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  • Exercise for caregivers

    Posted 03/19/2019 by Fallon Health

    Neglecting your health can make caregiving even more difficult in the long run. Check out these suggestions for adding more exercise to your life, without expensive classes or a major time commitment.

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    Importance of friendship as we age

    Posted 01/08/2019 by Fallon Health

    When you’re a caregiver, you know how helpful it is to have the support of your friends and how difficult it is if you don’t. The person you’re providing care for may feel the same way.

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    What to do when your loved one resists plans and help

    Posted 11/13/2018 by Fallon Health

    There are many sources of caregiver stress. But there's one that may take you by surprise—your loved one’s resistance to the help you offer. Emily Lemire, a social work manager at Fallon Health, explains where your loved one's feelings may be coming from and how you can deal with them.

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    A caregiver perspective on recognizing dementia and building a support circle

    Posted 11/06/2018 by Fallon Health

    Seeing signs of dementia in a loved one can bring up emotions ranging from denial and confusion to anger and fear. In this post about her journey as a caregiver, Lisa Marrone describes her initial response to changes in her mother's behavior and how important it is to look for support after a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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