October 10 – World Mental Health Day



According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), 1 out of 5 adult Americans experience mental illness and 10 million adults live with a serious mental illness. One-half of those Americans began their journey with chronic mental illness at age 14 and 75 percent before the age of 24.

For World Mental Health Day on October 10, we look beyond the treatment and management of mental illness but also at the severe stigma of these diseases – whether it be autism, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia or an eating disorder – that causes those with the diagnosis and their families to suffer in silence.

Our CEO, Sherri Snelling, has been a long-time advocate for those with mental health issues and the impact on their family caregivers. She worked on the National Alliance for Caregiving study, Caregivers of Veterans: Serving on the Homefront, and has written several articles on the struggles of families with mental health issues:

Glenn Close wants to change your mind about mental illness

Is Your Depression Situational or Serious?

Caregivers of 9/11 – Cancer and PTSD New Challenges for Survivors (PBS Next Avenue)

Sept 11th 15 Years Later – A New Health Crisis (Forbes)

Caring for those with invisible wounds  (Huffington Post)

We also offer this wonderful infographic for World Mental Health Day:



October 24 – United Nations Day



According to the International Alliance of Carers Organization (IACO), more than 63 million family and friends worldwide provide unpaid care for a loved one. The mission of IACO is to build a global understand and respect for the vital role of family caregivers.

Since 1948 as a global community we have celebrated United Nations Day (this year it’s on October 24) – the coming together of nations addressing world issues and forging global peace, prosperity and protection. We thought it might be a nice time to also celebrate the world’s caregivers – those providing peace, prosperity in aging and protection for our older or vulnerable loved ones.

world-in-your-handsOur CEO Sherri Snelling, wrote an article for the Huffington Post and shared her thoughts on caregiving and how it really is a small world after all:

Caregiving Is A Small World After All



My Favorite Things – CareLinx

My Favorite ThingsOne of our favorite things to do at Caregiving Club is find our favorite services, products and organizations to share with our loyal readers.

We debut the “My Favorite Things” list from Caregiving Club CEO, Sherri Snelling. As part of her role as a national caregiving expert, Sherri advises companies on how to best support caregivers. She serves on advisory boards and often asks these companies to provide a free offer or special promotion for Caregiving Club readers.

Click here to read about the 4 free hours of in-home care you can receive from CareLinx as the first company featured in “My Favorite Things.”

9/11 – We Will Never Forget





Note from our CEO Sherri Snelling:

For most adults in 2001, September 11 became our Pearl Harbor day – a day that will live in infamy. I remember watching the tragic news of the day unfold and feeling both the heartbreak and heartfelt inspiration of first responders and ordinary citizens helping each other through the horror.

For the 15th anniversary this year, I wrote about the health impacts of 9/11 for PBS Next Avenue and Forbes.com – especially the chronic illnesses of those who were in lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site.

Many of the first responders and rescue workers were baby boomers – average age in 2001 of 38 years old. Today they are 53 and experiencing the long-term health effects of their heroism.  I am honored to talk to these heroes and their family caregivers and the health care workers and organizations that are dedicated to ensuring that “We Never Will Forget.

Caregivers of 9/11 – Cancer and PTSD New Challenges for Survivors (published on PBS Next Avenue and Forbes.com)



October – National Health Literacy Month


Health literacy is like a Rubik’s cube – seemingly simple but extremely difficult to put all the pieces together. In October, we celebrate National Health Literacy Month – an educational and awareness campaign to encourage simplified and understandable health information.

In a landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, more than 90 million people, nearly half our adult population, lacked the health literacy skills needed to understand and act on health information and health system demands.  In addition, studies have shown that the majority of adult Americans read at an 8th grade level yet most health care information is written at a 12th grade comprehension level.

To become more health literate as a caregiver of someone with an illness or disorder, you have to be able to understand:

  1. Visual literacy – understanding graphs and charts
  2. Computer literacy – how to use the internet and fill out online forms
  3. Numeric and computational literacy – how to reason with numbers (such as medication dosages and frequencies)
  4. Verbal skills – how to ask questions of health care providers
  5. Listening skills – how to comprehend what you have heard from health care providers
  6. Decision-making skills – how to provide direction and consent

Why is health care literacy so important?

According to American Medical Association, “Poor health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health than age, income, employment status, education level, and race.”

And the National Patient Safety Foundation found, “Communication breakdown is the No. 1 source of medical errors and health care literacy of patients and caregivers are critical to preventing these errors.”

Cast of Caregivers Cover FINAL jpegOur CEO, Sherri Snelling, who wrote about health care literacy in her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, also wrote on this topic in an article with great health care literacy information and resources for PBS Next Avenue:

What Is Your Caregiver IQ?






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.

Cast of Caregivers Cover FINAL jpeg

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!

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




We shine our spotlight this month on these celebrities – Glenn Close and Seth Rogen with wife Lauren – who are shining their own bright celebrity lights on two health issues that carry a societal stigma: Mental Health and Alzheimer’s disease. Their focus is not just on those with the disease but also the impact to the family caregivers. They encourage all of us to join these movements and make a difference.

For World Mental Health Day, we offer Glenn Close, who has been a tireless advocate for mental health – pushing for understanding and encouraging education to erase the stigma of this disease, for programs and services to help those with mental illness integrate into society and for her family who lives with mental health issues. According to the National Association of Mental Illness, 1 in 4 U.S. adults have a diagnosable mental disorder.

Both Glenn’s sister and nephew have talked about their mental health struggles and Glenn has shared her insights as a family member who has care for and supported them.  Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article about Glenn and the foundation she started, Bring Change to Mind:

Glenn Close wants to change your mind about mental illness

We also encourage you to watch a moving PSA with Glenn, her sister and others with mental illness along with their family caregivers filmed in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal:

Also this month we put the spotlight on Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen whose mantra is to “Kick Alz in the Ballz.” Through their charitable foundation, Hilarity for Charity (which just raised another $1.7 million dollars on October 15th), Seth and Lauren are using humor to engage younger Millennials to help fight the disease that may just define their generation as they age. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2050, 13.8 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s – when Seth and Lauren are both 68 years old.

Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article for PBS Next Avenue about this couple who is redefining a love story and leading the laugh track for the age of alzheimer’s:

Seth Rogen Getting Millennials to Care About Alzheimer’s


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.

MTV of Caregiving Award

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.