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Slow Down, Dig Deep, Set Goals, and Be Good to Yourself!

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT Usually, only hindsight is 20/20, but here we are beginning a new decade that asks us to consider where we are now in our lives and where we’d like to go. I don’t think this is best accomplished by making resolutions, but by setting goals and creating a simple […]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
WellMed Charitable Foundation 2019 Grant Announcement

The WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) is seeking to award grants in local WellMed markets. The WellMed Charitable Foundation supports older persons (age 60+) and their family caregivers as a primary focus of our mission. For this grant cycle, our primary focus is on senior food insecurity, but we will accept applications related to social determinants […]

Friday, November 22, 2019
2019 Caregiver Summit Sees Record Turnout

The WellMed Charitable Foundation had its biggest turnout ever at the 2019 Caregiver Summit: The Empowered Caregiver, with about 360 attendees attending for support, education and lunch Friday, Nov. 1 at the Whitley Theological Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Foundation started the Caregiver Summit, now in its sixth year, to provide education, access to […]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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
Take a Breath – Just Don’t Take It for Granted!

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT Breathing is a naturally cycling function of the body. We inhale to inflate the lungs and move oxygen from the air into the blood stream. Then we exhale, allowing the lungs to deflate and prepare for new oxygen to keep us alive. It’s something most of us don’t even […]

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
WCF Executive Director Carol Zernial Appointed to Federal Caregiving Council

San Antonio, TX – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently announced that it has named Carol Zernial, executive director of the WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF), to the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council. The council was established under the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act of 2017. The […]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Why Are the Candidates Silent on Caregiving?

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW, CFT These are stressful, uncertain times. Taking a step back to regroup and focus is often the next indicated action for our sanity and well-being. Family caregivers are not immune to the changes in the world around them. We have been doing so much with too little for far too […]

Tuesday, September 10, 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
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
WellMed Charitable Foundation Caregiver Series for LGBTQ Community

The WellMed Charitable Foundation, affiliated with the WellMed care delivery organization, is a non-profit foundation that supports older adults and their caregivers. Starting this year, they have begun a series for LGBTQ family caregivers, because the Foundation recognizes the additional challenges for this population when it comes to caregiving. June is Pride Month, and in […]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019