Family & Relationships

329 articles

Remembering to Play

By Family Caregivers' Network Society on May 3, 2010

Caregiving is both emotionally and physically demanding. Caregivers typically ignore their own needs and focus their attention and energy on the care recipient. They let go of activities, hobbies and interests that are joyful and energizing for them. Even spending time with friends can be forgotten. Read more...

Between Friends: Hope

By Doreen Barber on Mar 2, 2010

Life can sometimes kick us so hard we lose our ability to rationally analyze a situation. Our mind becomes clouded and our perspective wavers. Hope, with its optimism, expectation and anticipation vanishes, and we know our lives have forever changed. Read more...

Advocating for a Family Member

By Family Caregivers' Network Society on Mar 1, 2010

Dependent on the health and ability of the person you care for, it is likely that at some point in your role as a family caregiver, you will advocate for that person. You may need to be present at appointments to ask questions, research and access services, resolve problem situations and ensure all care needs are respected and met. Read more...

Between Friends - Faith, Hope and Charity

By Doreen Barber on Jan 29, 2010

erhaps you are approximately the same age as I am and remember a parent, acquaintance or grandparent singing or humming these words: "Faith, hope and charity, that's the way to live successfully, how do I know the Bible tells me so. Don't worry about tomorrow, just be real good today, the Lord will surely guide you and lead you on your way." Read more...

Family Dynamics and Caregiving

By Barbara Small on Dec 31, 2009

Providing care for a family member can bring out the best - and the worst - in everyone involved. People can come together to support each other or the stress can lead to frustration and conflict between family members. Read more...

Caregiving Over the Holiday Season

By Barbara Small on Dec 1, 2009

The holiday season can be stressful. Add it to the busy schedule of a family caregiver and it can become overwhelming. It may be unrealistic to try to celebrate traditionally, while at the same time ensure your family member is cared for as needed. Read more...

Between Friends - Excuses

By Doreen Barber on Nov 3, 2009

"I'm too busy." "I'm too old." Do these words sound familiar? If so, how many times this week have you used or heard them? What if the "I'm too busy" was replaced with "I intend to take time for myself to live the life I came here to live, and to do it without ignoring my responsibilities as a parent, spouse or employee." -Dr. Wayne Dyer Read more...

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