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April 2010 Archives

Wednesday’s Caring Questions posts are geared toward helping you break through barriers to meaningful communication—even if difficult times—and strengthening your bonds with those you love.  This week I’m offering you conversation starters that will get you talking about things that […]

Caregiving can be consuming. Putting your life goals on hold while you care for a loved one can be extremely frustrating. It’s important to get a grip (and then keep a firm grip) on your priorities.  Taking care of yourself needs […]

Don’t feel happy all the time? Afraid that means you don’t have much hope? “Discontent and disorder are signs of energy and hope, not of dispair.”                                                                     —English historian Dame Cicely Wedgwood Love this quote.  Let’s think about this for a […]

Statistics show, and I notice myself when I speak to caregiver groups, more and more men are becoming caregivers for loved ones. We know that men and women are wired differently, and that wiring means men cope with caregiving responsibilities […]

When I was caring for my mother-in-law during her end-of-life journey with cancer, getting any kind of physical activity wasn’t even on my radar. Between the running from our house to theirs, working as a TV news anchor, breastfeeding a newborn daughter, and taking […]

Caregiving situations can make us struggle to find a way to communicate with someone we love.  I’ve learned that when you’re able to push through awkward silence and connect with your loved one, the rewards are many. (You can read […]

The National Sleep Foundation reports that more than half of all adults in the United States experience sleep problems more than once a week. In fact, about 40-million people have diagnosed sleep disorders, and–get this–fewer than 3-percent of those people […]

I was so honored to share my experiences as a family caregiver, along with make life easier strategies for caregivers at an American Cancer Society Survivor’s Conference over the weekend. 350 or so cancer survivors and their caregivers were there.  Their faces…their […]

As we continue to move through our first year of “firsts” without my father-in-law, who died of cancer last summer, I find that I’ve become much more aware of “triggers”—little things that happen to happen that can turn very deep […]

As your Caregiver Coach here at Beliefnet.com, it is my passionate mission to reach out and help you and other volunteer family caregivers. Each Thursday, I’ll identify a major challenge caregivers face, and offer research, tips, and motivation to coach you through it.  […]