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  • Professor describes how being a caregiver for his wife changed him

    Posted 12/16/2019 by Fallon Health

    Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a Harvard University professor, cared for his wife Joan for 11 years, as she struggled with a rare form of early Alzheimer's disease. He thought he was prepared and knowledgeable, yet he still struggled.

    "[Caregivers] endure, we learn how to endure, how to keep going. We’re marked, we’re injured, we’re wounded," he says. "We’re changed … [in] my case, for the better."

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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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    Nutrition for caregivers

    Posted 08/14/2019 by Fallon Health

    You know you should eat better, but having time to think about planning your own meals can seem like a luxury when you’re a caregiver. How can you think about nutrition, much less do anything about it, when you have so much to do in your caregiving role?

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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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  • Using FMLA to take time off for caregiving

    Posted 09/18/2018 by Fallon Health

    If you have a family member—child, spouse or parent—with a serious health condition, you may be able to use the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to get the time off you need to provide that care. Jill Green Lebow, head of human resources for Fallon Health, explains how the FMLA process can be helpful for some caregivers.  

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    The long goodbye: Coping with sadness and grief before a loved one dies

    Posted 08/21/2018 by Fallon Health

    Frailty and serious illness can involve significant losses over an extended period of time. How can you manage the sadness and grief of seeing someone you love become disabled, suffer or gradually lose function?

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    Training helps caregivers develop skills for the job of caregiving

    Posted 03/07/2018 by Fallon Health

    "Parent, spouse, relative and friend are terms that explain relationships between people. The word 'caregiver,' however, describes something you do for someone else. That makes it a job," says guest blogger Crystal Polizzotti, of the Healthy Living Center for Excellence. She has ideas for you on how you can get the training you need to do that job well.

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    Signs of caregiver depression and 3 ways to avoid it

    Posted 01/30/2018 by Fallon Health

    When you're a caregiver, the managing, planning and worry that come with the role can be overwhelming and consuming. You may not realize that you're becoming depressed. In this post, Dr. Brenda King discusses how to recognize the signs of caregiver depression and what to do if you are already experiencing depression. 

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  • Jenn Knight on Nutrition for caregivers at 8/15/2019 12:06 PM And please know that Elder Services of Worcester Area operates the elder Nutrition Dining Centers in the area and Meals on Wheels. All meals are ...
  • Robert Schreiber on A long, difficult caregiving journey with great rewards at 11/30/2017 12:32 PM Thank you Dr. Rico for sharing your joyful and challenging experiences as a caregiver for Lauren. This is very inspiring and the lessons learned a...