When Caregiver Stress Becomes Extreme

Q. My aunt Rae, 84, was the primary caregiver for my Uncle Leo, who suffers from dementia. Leo would wander, so Rae couldn't leave him alone, and she missed the conversations she and Leo used to have. Rae became resentful and … [Read more...]

Am I a Helicopter Child, and If So, Why is That a Bad Thing?

Q. I heard my sister and brother talking about my mother's care the other day when they thought I couldn't hear them. I distinctly remember them mentioning the term "helicopter child," and they were referring to me! I have … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Mistakes Adult Siblings Make When Caregiving for a Parent

Dear Bebe, When I was growing up, I was the organized one who was responsible and did what he was told, and my sister was also pretty on-top of things. My brother--not so much. Now, we are at a point where we need to work … [Read more...]

The Ecosystem of Family Caregiving

Q. My family is new to caregiving, and we're trying to figure out how to best support each other, but it seems like a tangled web. For instance, I am divorced, but I have a son who can help with practical responsibilities as I … [Read more...]

Millennials are Emerging as a Generation of Caregivers

Q. My name is Kelsey, and I'm a junior in college. I lived on campus my first year but ended up moving back home when I learned that my mother needed caregiving help. College tuition is costly and so is caregiving, so I figured … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Resources for Millennial Caregivers 

Dear Angel,  I am 22 years old and I am a caregiver for my 80 year old grandmother. It is both challenging and rewarding. She is in a wheelchair and needs help cooking, dressing, and shopping for groceries. I am often concerned … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Questions to Ask When Hiring a Home Health Agency

Dear Angel, Our mom had a pretty bad stroke recently, but fortunately it was not a massive stroke, and we will be able to bring her home soon. We're looking for a home health agency to assist her when she comes home from the … [Read more...]

Can a Marriage Survive Caregiving for an In-Law?

Q. When my husband, Paul, first met my parents, they didn't hit it off. He can be stubborn sometimes, and mom is difficult, and she never thought that he was good enough for me. After Thanksgiving dinner, when we announced we were … [Read more...]

Long-Distance Caregivers: Making the Most of Your Role

Kate is concerned about her mother, a recent widow who lives alone in Kate’s childhood home in Fairfax County. Although Kate lives in Massachusetts, she grew up in Northern Virginia and it’s where her mother feels most … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Caregiving for a Veteran

Dear Ribbit,   My husband is an partially disabled veteran and I am his caregiver. Sometimes, it can be stressful, and I can use all the help, support, and educational resources I can get. A friend told me she thinks that … [Read more...]