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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
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
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
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