When caregiving becomes complex

Posted 29 April 2021 by Fallon Health

If your loved one's health declines, you may find yourself taking responsibility for complicated, difficult tasks that used to fall to medical professionals. "It's not unusual for caregivers to feel overwhelmed," said Linda Pellegrini, a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at UMass Memorial Medical Center. In her blog post, she explains which tasks are considered complex, how to find resources to help you and why it's imperative to take care of yourself.

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As part of the Shared Voices choir, people living with early-stage dementia and their caregivers sing together in a fun, stress-free group. It's a good way to take time to appreciate each other’s company—while also developing friendships with people going through similar challenges.

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Coping tips for Sandwich Generation caregivers

Posted 28 June 2020 by Fallon Health

Try these 6 tips for managing care for older and younger loved ones simultaneously during the coronavirus pandemic, while also maintaining your own physical and mental well-being.

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Overcoming the difficulties of social distancing

Posted 13 May 2020 by Fallon Health

Family caregivers and all types of health care professionals have had to drastically change their routines and expectations during this time of COVID-19 and “social distancing.” Social worker Emily Lemire discusses ways to keep your social connections and adapt to circumstances.

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5 things caregivers need to know

Posted 24 November 2019 by Fallon Health

Whether you’re a caregiver now or expect to be in the future, Dr. Gerald Gleich has advice to help as you go through the experience.

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How caregiving changes relationships

Posted 09 September 2019 by Fallon Health

Long-established relationships can change quickly when dementia becomes a factor. Dr. Brenda King describes one couple's experience and gives tips for recognizing and adapting to dementia-related changes.

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How caregivers benefit from mindfulness

Posted 20 May 2019 by Fallon Health

Caregiving can make you feel like you’re on autopilot; you just get done what needs to be done, with no time for yourself. Practicing mindfulness may help you find new ways to appreciate your surroundings—even under difficult circumstances—and provide you with health benefits at the same time.

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What to do when your loved one needs additional care

Posted 10 April 2019 by Fallon Health

The signs are all there. Your loved one needs more care. What's the best way to bring up the subject? Diane Paseos, a Fallon Health social worker, has some recommendations to help you get started.   

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