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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
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
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