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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
You’ve Come A Long Way, Buddy! Keep It Up

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW While more and more men and boys have embraced caregiving, childcare, and other roles traditionally left to women, we still have a way to go. Most of us are still very stubborn when it comes to taking care of our health and wellness. That’s why, along with Father’s Day, June […]

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Advocacy & Older Americans

By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW The month of May is here again, and once more we celebrate Older Americans all month long. To become an older American is a right of passage. It signifies that we have life experience worthy of a transitional moniker. While getting older is not something we all do gracefully, there […]

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
We Have Met the Enemy and It Is STRESS!

By Dr. Jamie Huysman, LCSW For the last 16 years, I have implored caregivers to take their oxygen first and not lose themselves in the emotional and mental quagmire that often comes with caring for a loved one. My experience in advocating for these courageous individuals was that those who maintained social connections for support, […]

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
March is on a Nutrition Mission

By Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW It’s National Nutrition Month! What and how we eat have a lot to do with our health and wellbeing. Common sense tells us that if we don’t weed, feed and water a garden, it will die. It reminds us that if we don’t put gas in the car, change the […]

Wednesday, March 6, 2019