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What Happens When Breaking Rule No. 1 is the No. 1 Rule?

We’re isolated in our own homes. We can’t just run out to the store. We’re cut off from our family and friends. Coronavirus? No, just an average day in the lives of many caregivers. Caregivers already self-isolate in so many ways. Even when we’re not dealing with an infectious disease, we can feel like we […]

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Stay Calm, Communicate, and Focus on Solutions

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT We don’t like the unknown. The truth is, we deal with the unknown in life situations every day. Stuff happens and most of us don’t sweat the small stuff. However, circumstances beyond our control can bring on a heightened state of anxiety to the already full plate of duties […]

Sunday, March 8, 2020
The First Piece of Advice

Over five years ago when we launched the weekly radio show/podcast for family caregivers, Caregiver SOS on Air, one of our first interviews was with Dr. Arthur Kleinman, a professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Harvard University. He was in the middle of caring for his wife with early onset Alzheimer’s disease who had also […]

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Heart Like A Wheel

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT In my days of clinical practice, I had to show compassion to be of any real help to my patients. As a therapist, it was important to be present, listen, witness, and many times ask probative questions to find out was really going on. I have since learned that […]

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Lessons from The Mandalorian (and Baby Yoda)

The opportunity to stream new entertainment on televisions and computers is a game changer that allows most of us to find something interesting and fun to watch any time of day or night—a real bonus for caregivers. For those who are not familiar with Star Wars, and my heart goes out to you, The Mandalorian […]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Until Further Notice, Celebrate Everything!

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT It’s November, and that means it National Family Caregivers Month. This year the theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” about which too many of us are familiar. Your service is not unnoticed. Thank you to all who serve, both professionally and personally. You are my heroes. A special shout […]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
A Detour on the Caregiving Journey

Caregivers with the lived experience of providing care often share pearls of wisdom. At a recent caregiver workshop about the positive aspects of caring for a loved one, a woman emotionally asked, “What do we do with the extreme grief that we feel?” A wise and helpful caregiver responded, “Grief is a detour. Allow yourself […]

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Limitations, Boundaries and the Art of Saying ‘No’

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT Interpersonal relationships can be challenging at the best of times. Caregiving takes these relationships to another level, so it is important to be mindful of what we can, cannot, or should not do. We all have limitations – physical, emotional, and mental. We may not always be aware of […]

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Living While Caregiving

The acknowledgement that serious illness and disease is a part of life, and that people are living with Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other chronic conditions has given me a new perspective. I now realize that the family members and friends helping those with frailty and illness are living with/while caregiving. Over the years, we have heard […]

Wednesday, August 7, 2019
The Weather Outside is Frightful!

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT Weather-related events are making the headlines consistently these days. Fires, flooding, drought, snow, extreme temperatures; we need to be ready for anything. Summer’s hot, humid weather presents special challenges. Hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and shade can only go so far to protect those who are vulnerable to the effects of […]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019