April is National Stress Awareness Month

APR 2016 Stress Month

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is one of the biggest challenges caregivers face. It was cited as the No. 1 problem for those caregivers who felt their health was in decline and is the reason for 90 percent of all doctor appointments. Another study found that caregivers are twice as likely as the general public to develop chronic illnesses earlier in life due to the prolonged stress of caring for a loved one.

Stress is difficult to understand because so often is it invisible. Do you often have your shoulders hunched? Is your tongue press against the roof of your mouth? This is the invisible stress that you don’t realize is impacting your overall health.

Finding ways to manage stress is essential for caregivers. Here are articles from our CEO Sherri Snelling – a national advocate on caregivers finding balance and help for stress relief:

Caregiver RX for Stress: 3 Steps to Me Time Mondayoriginally published on Huff Post 50

Caregiver Stress is No Joke

Caregiver Tipping Pointsoriginally published on Forbes.com

Mars vs. Venus On Caregiver Stressoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

Mondays are the Prescription for Better Caregiver Healthoriginally published on Examiner.com

Caregiving Is A Small World After Alloriginally published on Huff Post 50

April 10 -16 is National Volunteer Week

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April 10 through 16 is National Volunteer Week. One of the hardest things for caregivers to do is ask for and accept help. But, if you don’t get a respite break and “time off” now and then, you may wind up more ill than the person for whom you are caring. What is interesting is that a national study found after caring for a loved one, caregivers are 50 percent more likely than the general public to volunteer to help other caregivers.

National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for caregivers to reach out, for friends and family members to step up and for caregiving to become a team sport instead of a solo act. It does take a village, read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article on caregiving and volunteerism:

8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America’s Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregiversoriginally published on Huff Post 50

Enlist now to help caregivers of veterans

How Online Volunteers Support Caregiversoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

April is National Humor Month

APR Natl Humor Month

April is National Humor Month and as the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” If there is one prescription for caregivers to relief stress it is having a few giggles or a good laugh. Caregiving can bring sadness, fear, anxiety and frustration so finding your inner funny bone is not always easy. But there is a lesson to be learned from the statistics that children laugh on average 350 times a day and adults only 15 times daily.

Two caregivers who also happen to be comedic actors – Seth Rogen along with his wife Lauren Miller and Amy Schumer – are using their funny bones to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis respectively, two diseases that have impacted their families.

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Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s articles on humor and caregiving – a powerful elixir for stress relief:

Why Laughter is Crucial for Caregiversoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

 

 

April 10 is National Sibling Day

April 10 is National Sibling Day. When it comes to caring for Mom and Dad, siblings can either form a strong care team or can be the cause of conflict. Understanding each sibling’s role and having the family caregiving conversation earlier rather than later can help make the caregiver journey a smooth ride for all family members.

There is another side to siblings and caregiving: a study found that 18 percent of those caring for someone over age 75 were siblings caring for siblings. And, caring for young adults with disabilities or chronic conditions tend to be managed by siblings and are longer-term and more intensive.

Read our articles from CEO Sherri Snelling about siblings and caregiving:

The Sibling Caregiveroriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

Also, read Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s new book, Where the Light Gets In – Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, about how she, her father and her siblings formed a cohesive care team for her mom with dementia:

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The C-A-R-E Conversation Series

 

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In Sherri Snelling’s top-selling book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, the chapter on how to have the C-A-R-E  Conversation has become one of the highlights of the book and in Sherri’s speaking engagements. Coming in late 2016, Sherri’s next book, The C-A-R-E Conversations, will be published.

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The reality is having conversations, whether it is with an aging parent, an ill spouse, our siblings, our kids, a boss or co-worker, friends and others are difficult. We avoid these conversations but this silence can lead to confusion, frustration, anger, depression and other emotions that ultimate impact a caregiver’s health and wellness.

Learning to understand the issues and how the conversation sounds on either side of the talk are tools every caregiver needs. This year, Caregiving Club offers a monthly “C-A-R-E Conversation” article – excerpted from Sherri’s upcoming book.  We’ll give you tips and resources on how to have difficult conversations with all those around you when you take your caregiving journey.

2016 will be the year caregivers can say,

Let’s Talk!

April is National Parkinson’s disease and Autism Awareness Month

 

April is the month we raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and Autism. Both of these chronic conditions are neurologically based with new research and hopeful breakthroughs being pursued by the nation’s leading research organizations. More than 1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, the most famous faces of this disease being the actor Michael J. Fox and the former heavyweight boxing champion of the world, Muhammad Ali.

When it comes to autism, parents of these special needs children feel isolated and stigmatized. One in every 88 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

hrp headshotOur poster hero for these two diseases is Holly Robinson Peete whose father had Parkinson’s disease and her son lives with autism – she is our caregiving superstar. Sherri Snelling interviewed Holly for her book, A Cast of Caregivers, read Holly’s inspirational story here:

Holly Robinson Peete – Sandwich Generation Superstar

 

 

Caregiving Club Resources

Here are Caregiving Club’s resources for those needing help caregiving for those with Autism and Parkinson’s disease. Also, find out more about the foundation Holly and husband Rodney Peete established to raise awareness for both Parkinson’s disease and autism- the HollyRod Foundation:

Autism Speaks

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

National Parkinson Foundation

 

 

Caregiving at the Movies – Still Alice

Still Alice movie posterA must-see on your movie list should be Still Alice – Julianne Moore’s poignant Oscar-nominated role reminds all of us that Alzheimer’s disease can strike even in your 50s.  Read the blogs about this movie that will propel the movement to END ALZ.

Celebrity Spotlight

This month we put our caregiving spotlight on Holly Robinson Peete – the superstar Sandwich Generation caregiver for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism. As a caregiver for both her loved ones, Holly, along with her husband former NFL star Rodney Peete, founded the  HollyRod Foundation to remove the stigma and help families find support for these two diseases.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling interviewed Holly for her book, A Cast of Caregivers, read Holly’s inspirational story here:

Holly Robinson Peete – Sandwich Generation Superstar

See more with Holly here – Sherri’s interview with her from the red carpet of the Carousel of Hope Ball:

 

 

 

 

 

Caregiving Club Honored for Me Time Monday

Caregiver Reviews calls Caregiving Club and its Me Time Monday videos “the MTV of Caregiving.” Read the press release here for National Sandwich Generation Month. Read the Caregiver Reviews of Caregiving Club here.

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Men As Caregivers

More than a “few good men” – fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles now represent 45% of the 65 million caregivers.  Read Sherri’s PBS Next Avenue article about how men cope with caregiving and her blog about the famous men of caregiving.

 

 

LifeCare Webinars for Caregiving Employees

LifeCare teams with Caregiving Club CEO Sherri Snelling to offer monthly educational Webinars to LifeCare’s 61,000 employer clients representing 51 million employees nationwide.  Click here to read more.

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USA Today Spotlight on Caregiving

USA Today cover 2015Each November for National Caregiver Month, Media Planet teams with caregiving organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network and experts to showcase the issues of our nation’s 65 million caregivers. This year’s cover story features Elizabeth Dole, a champion for the caregivers of veterans. The special supplement is featured in the November 27, 2015 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofHealthCareNews.com and other partner sites such as CNN.com.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling is one of the expert contributors to this special caregiving issue. Her articles can be read by clicking on the links below:

Caregiver Burn Out USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to avoid caregiver burn-out: 7 Tips to Beat Caregiver Burn-out

Caregiving Cost Drain USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to plan ahead for the costs of caregiving: How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain

Aging Tech USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article about aging, caregiving and technology tools that can help: Silver Surfers – Aging and Technology

 

2013 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri also contributed to the 2013 Caregiving Feature Issue. She provided excerpted celebrity interviews with Holly Robinson Peete and Joan Lunden from her book, A Cast of Caregivers, as the cover story and feature articles for the March 2013 caregiving supplement for USA Today weekend magazine.  The supplement also included the Caregiving Club’s Me Time Monday program.  Read the full supplement here: Caregiving Supplement Mar 2013

Author Events

Sherri Snelling will be doing book signings, press interviews and other events to support her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.  Click here for more information about upcoming events.