Honoring Veterans & Their Caregivers November 11

Saluting Soldier dreamstime_m_7996079 (2)Every November 11 we commemorate Veteran’s Day – the brave men and women who protect our freedom and American way of life.  Our blogs feature the heroes on the homefront – the 10 million Americans who are caregivers of our nation’s veterans, of which 7 million are veterans themselves.  Read our blogs about the caregivers of veterans here:

 

 

 

Heroes on the Homefront – Veteran’s Caregivers for Examiner.com

Caregivers caring for those with PTSD and TBI for Huffington Post

Enlist now to help caregivers of veterans

Libby Hewes- A Veteran’s Caregiver Goes from Newlywed to Nurse for Caring.com

Rosalinda & Alain Babin – Boomer Parents Proud of Wounded Warrior Son for Caring.com

Boomer Parents Caring for a Veteran Son with TBI for PBS Next Avenue

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

Read our articles about diabetes prevention and awareness:

Carousel of Hope Ball Honors George Clooney

Watch the celebrity interviews from the red carpet of the Carousel of Hope Ball for Diabetes Awareness

PBS Next Avenue Articles

PBS Next Avenue together

Following are all of Sherri’s articles for PBS Next Avenue:

17 Essential Books for Caregivers

90-Year-Old Billionaire David Murdock Doles Out Advice

Are You a Caregiver or Just a Good Child? (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

Caregiver Tipping Points

The Emmy Awards We’d Give – TV’s Best Caregivers (2012)

The Emmys We’d Award – TV’s Best Caregivers (2013)

Employers must do more to support working caregivers

Finding Affordable Home Care for Your Parents (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

For Caregivers, New Tracking Technology Offers Peace of Mind

Healing Power of Pet Therapy

Help Your Parents Join the Aging in Place Revolution (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

Holly Robinson Peete’s Most Challenging Role – Sandwich Generation Caregiver

How Online Volunteers Support Caregivers

How Strong is Your Living Will? (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

How to Avoid the Goldilocks Syndrome

How to Care for Your Parent Without Losing Your Job (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

How You Can Combat the Senior Hunger Crisis

Meet the Hall of Fame Caregiver Who Changed the NFL

New Report Highlights Stress of Long Distance Caregiving

The Osmond Family’s Greatest Act – Winning the Daily Battle Against MS

Patient Navigators – New Help for Caregivers

PBS Powerful Expose on Assisted Living (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

Rise of Men as Caregivers

Rosalynn Carter – A Pioneering Caregiving Advocate Says More Must be Done

The Sibling Caregiver

Social Media Dangers for the Modern Caregiver

Suze Orman’s Lessons Learned on Long Term Care for Her Mom

A Victory for Alzheimer’s Patients and Caregivers (Sherri Snelling quoted in article)

The Village Movement – Redefining Aging in Place

What Lies Ahead for the Nation’s Caregivers?

What Obama’s Re-election Means for Caregivers

What Parents of Wounded Veterans Need

What’s Next in Caregiver Technology

What’s Your Caregiving IQ?

When Parents Face Driving Retirement – Alternative Senior Transportation

Where do the Candidates Stand on Caregiving?

Why Caregivers Need to Plan for the Worst – Emergency Preparedness

Why Laughter is Crucial for Caregivers

Why You Need to Make Your End-of-Life Wishes Known

 

Huffington Post Articles

Huffington-Post-Logo3Following are Sherri’s articles for Huffington Post:

8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America’s Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregivers

An Essential Caregiving Fairy Tale: Sleeping Beauty

Caregiver RX for Stress: 3 Steps to Me Time Monday

Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head

Caregiving Goes to the Oscars (2013)

Caregiving’s Lost Generation: The Nation’s Children

Caring for Those Heroes with Invisible Wounds

Creating Company Culture that Cares About Caregivers

How to Manage the Sandwich Generation Juggling Act – 8 Childish Things Caregivers Should Do

Let the Caregiving Movement Begin with the Caregiver Bill of Rights

Mars vs. Venus On Caregiver Stress

Rizzoli & Isles Creator is on the Case

Examiner Articles

examiner_LogoFollowing are Sherri’s articles for Examiner.com:

7 Magnificent Ways the Sandwich Generation Can Avoid Burn-out

12 Tips to Help Prevent Parents from Falling

Caregiving Matchmakers – How to Find “The One” for In-Home Care

Glenn Close on Mental Illness Awareness

Heroes on the Homefront – Caring for a Veteran

How Dogs Help Those with Dementia

How Friendships Help Caregivers Cope

How to Prepare for Disasters When Older Parents Live Far Away

Southern California Hosts World’s Top Minds on Dementia Care

Caring.com Caregiver Profiles

Caring dot com

Following are the caregiver profiles Sherri has contributed to Caring.com:

Debi Cacace – Staying Connected With Her Father-in-Law Through Technology

Diane McGunigle on Women, Caregiving and Heart Health

Dr. Sally Brooks –A Doctor, A Daughter, A Caregiver

First Lady Rosalynn Carter – The Caregiving Pioneer

The Health Risks of Being “The Good Daughter

Libby Hewes- A Veteran’s Caregiver Goes from Newlywed to Nurse

Rosalinda & Alain Babin – Boomer Parents Proud of Wounded Warrior Son

Sara Ballantine – The Magic of Caring for Her Dad

Sarah Abbott and Kate Stukenberg – Blondes vs. Brunettes in the Fight for Alzheimer’s

The Working Caregiver – A Culture of Care at Work Makes All the Difference

 

Forbes Articles

Forbes

Following are Sherri’s articles for Forbes.com:

Caregiver Tipping Points

David Murdock – 90-year-old billionaire and caregiver

Goldilocks Syndrome

Rise in Men as Caregivers

Social Media Dangers for the Modern Caregiver

What Suze Orman :earned Caring for Her Mother

Suze Orman’s Lessons About Long Term Care After Caring for Her Mom

Suze Orman and mom AnnAmerica’s financial guru, Suze Orman dispenses expert advice via TV, radio, her books and her Web site on how to manage your money and make it work for you.  But when she became a caregiver to her mother, she learned even experts encounter challenges that can cost you.  Read Sherri’s interview with  Suze Orman appearing on Forbes.com and PBS NextAvenue.org on what you may not know about long term care.

Glenn Close Wants to Change Your Mind About Mental Illness

All caregiving can be exhausting, frustrating, overwhelming and stressful but for the caregivers of those with a mental health issue the societal stigma you face creates additional challenges.

According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. has a diagnosable mental disorder and the average age is 14 for the on-set of mental illness.  NAMI is leading the national awareness campaign —  the National Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 6-12 –  first established by the U.S. Congress in 1990. The campaign also includes National Depression Screening Day on October 10.

Shining a Spotlight on Mental Illness

Glenn Close dreamstime_m_20156298 (2)Oscar-nominated and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Glenn Close wants to help lift the veil of mental illness to reveal the myths and eliminate the shame associated with bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues through a national public service campaign.

Glenn has become a champion who is shedding light on the dark world of bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia which affects her sister and her nephew respectively.  Appearing on the TV morning show, Good Morning America, Glenn said, “I believe we need to be having discussions around mental illness and talk as openly as we do about other diseases such as cancer or diabetes.”

Starring alongside her sister, Glenn launched a public service announcement (PSA) campaign on mental health issues created by BringChange2Mind, the nonprofit organization Glenn helped found to eliminate the discrimination felt by those with mental illness and their family caregiver.  Her hope is increased awareness will get more people to seek help.

Caregiver Depression a Slippery Slope

In a study of caregiver health risks, the National Alliance for Caregiving reported 91 percent of those caregivers whose health was in decline reported suffering from depression over caring for a loved one.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in May of this year deaths from suicides since 2009 had surpassed deaths from motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.  The report also found the increase in suicides were most significant among the baby boomers – for men age 50-59 years old an increase of 47-49 percent and for women age 60-64 an increase of 59.7 percent. One potential cause cited for this increase was caring for an older, ailing parent.

We also know that for those 15 million Americans caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, the risk of becoming isolated from friends, other family and life’s typical social connections is a common issue based on how loved ones are shamed by their diagnosis.

According to the Alzheimer’s Disease International’s World Alzheimer Report, about 25 percent of people with dementia report hiding or concealing their diagnosis due to the stigma surrounding the disease, and 40 percent say they are often excluded from everyday life.

Sherri’s Other Articles on Mental Health

Read here about caregivers of veterans with invisible wounds of PTSD and TBI

Read here about  Catherine Zeta Jones living with bi-polar disorder

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is when we “Think Pink” – everywhere you turn you are reminded 1 in 8 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  Caregivers are often at greater risk because 23% were found to neglect their annual mammogram after age 50.   Read our blogs all month on breast cancer awareness and prevention.

National Health Literacy Month

October is National Health Literacy Month. For the nation’s 65 million caregivers, you must be an educated, passionate advocate for your loved one. How health literate are you? Read Sherri Snelling’s “Caregiving IQ” article for PBS Next Avenue to find out…

National Mental Illness Awareness Week Oct 6-12

October is National Mental Illness Awareness Week October 6-12 and October 10 is National Depression Screening Day. More than 61 million Americans — 1 in 4 — suffer from mental illness. And the CDC recently reported suicides among boomers has increased 47-59% over the last three years – one reason cited was caring for an older parent. Caregivers often suffer from depression and feel stigmatized when caring for a loved one with mental illness. Read the interviews and mental health stories all month long:

Interview with Glenn Close – caregiver to a sister with bi-polar disorder

Interview with  Catherine Zeta Jones - living with bi-polar disorder

Read the article about caring for a veteran with invisible wounds of PTSD and TBI

Find more information on mental health from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)

September is National Prostate and Ovarian Cancer Month

Sept Ovarian, Prostate Cancer MonthIn the U.S., 1 in 73 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 14,000 will die from the disease.  Prostate cancer is of the most common cancer for men regardless of race or ethnicity with  more than 200,000 new cases and 28,000 deaths each year.  Annual screenings are essential to survival rates.  Caregivers have reported often neglecting these annual exams. Don’t put it off – get screened today particularly if you have a family history of either disease. Your life may depend on it.