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Author Archives: Carol Zernial

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
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
Pick One Thing

At the WellMed Charitable Foundation’s recent Caregiver Summit, we had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Liliana Oakes about the impact of stress on the physical and mental health of persons providing care for someone. Many of us have heard that stress is bad for us, but we’re not really sure anything can be done […]

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
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
Best Performance in a Supporting Role

Many of us are not the primary person providing care to a relative or friend. We’re the daughter who lives in another city, the son who lives across town and travels a lot for business, or the sister who wants to help but has a family of her own. What’s the best role for us? […]

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Basics of Getting Help

Many people who are caring for a family member or friend believe that they are the only ones who have ever gone through this experience. While every caregiving situation is unique, the act of caregiving is common indeed. For those who feel isolated and frustrated, the good news is that there are some services to […]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
A Game of Caregivers

By Carol Zernial Caregiving can actually be very similar to trying to conquer the seven kingdoms of the known world. Just like the HBO series, A Game of Thrones, caregiving has its own magical qualities, mythical beasts, loyal banner men and women, and schemers who may be working against us. Some of us are redeemed […]

Monday, May 6, 2019
The Best of Intentions

By Carol Zernial She was his high school sweetheart, so when he got cancer after 47 years of marriage, she knew that she would take care of him no matter what. They would get the best doctors and fight it together. She had the best of intentions. He was the third generation in a row […]

Monday, April 1, 2019
The WellMed Charitable Foundation Sponsors the National Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementia Summit

By Carol Zernial WellMed Charitable Foundation The WellMed Charitable Foundation is proud to sponsor the third Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias Summit hosted by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on March 14-15, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. This year’s summit will build off of the past two summits (2013 and 2016) along with the National Alzheimer’s Project […]

Wednesday, March 13, 2019