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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February Means The Grammy Awards and Music Therapy

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February means it’s Grammy season and the sound of music is all around. This month we celebrate the caregivers, like our friend Holly Robinson Peete, who are musical stars and caregivers as well as luminaries in the music business such as interviews with Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Alan and David Osmond, of loved ones. On a somber note we share the caregiving story of Casey Kasem, who was known best for his radio show, “America’s Top 40” but in his later years became a case study in how families need to have the C-A-R-E Conversation to avoid conflict and event elder abuse. We’ll also share articles about the power of music to heal – through music therapy or just providing the “food for the soul” all caregivers need.

Here are our articles that show music is a must for every caregiver:

Music Therapy – a 5-Note Plan for Caregiver Calm (originally published on the Alzheimer’s Association blog)

Alzheimer’s App Uses Singing to Boost Mood (originally published on PBS Next Avaenue)

Holly Robinson Peete’s Most Challenging Role – Sandwich Generation Caregiver (Holly’s in-depth story found in Sherri’s book, A Cast of Caregivers)

Catherine Zeta Jones – a caregiver’s self-care mental health plan (who won her Oscar – also happening this month – for her singing/dancing role in Chicago)

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

The Osmond Family’s Greatest Act – Winning the Daily Battle Against MS (Sherri interviewed both Alan and Davis Osmond for her book, A Cast of Caregivers)

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Music of the Night – 2013 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

Stars Take Center Stage to Fight Alzheimer’s disease – 2012 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

 

And, many of the articles on our Caregiving Club site and the wealth of information we provide can be found in our CEO, Sherri Snelling’s book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories To Help You Prepare to Care.

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetes is a growing concern for the health of Americans. Today, 30 million people live with diabetes and among those, 1 in 3 seniors over age 65 has diabetes. Yet 8 million Americans remain undiagnosed. Diabetes has many risks for other health problems including the 4.2 million people over age 40 who have diabetic retinopathy impairing eyesight and possibly causing blindness if not treated. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and for those over age 40 more than 70,000 non-traumatic amputations of toes, fingers, and other limbs occurs related to complications of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the version of this disease that we can try to control with reduced weight, better exercise and nutrition earlier in life.

Watch Sherri Snelling’s celebrity interviews, including George Clooney, Quincy Jones, Holly Robinson Peete, Gene Simmons and Harry Hamlin from the red carpet of the Carousel of Hope Ball – one of the leading organizations supporting children with diabetes:

Carousel of Hope Ball – Celebrity Interviews from the Red Carpet

 

November is National Hospice Awareness Month

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The great movie, The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two older men facing their own mortality and deciding to live instead of wait to die, jump-started dialogues among families and friends on end-of-life wishes. It is a hard conversation to have, but perhaps one of the most important.

This November as we celebrate and raise awareness for National Hospice Awareness Month, read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s articles on how caregivers can have this end-of-life wishes conversation with loved ones and what resources are available to you:

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers (PBS Next Avenue)

I Have a Dream – Helping Loved Ones Achieve End-of-Life Wishes

What We Can Learn From Brittany Maynard’s Death (PBS Next Avenue)

Why You Need to Make Your End-of-Life Wishes Known (PBS Next Avenue)

 

Celebrating the Grammys & Music Therapy

Groovin Puppy dreamstime_3978556 (2)Music therapy is a powerful tool for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, autism and other diseases or disorders. Read more about the power of music and the musical stars who have been caregivers.

Music Therapy – a 5-Note Plan for Caregiver Calm

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour

First Lady Caregivers

First LadiesWe celebrate two great former Presidents on February 16 but Caregiving Club celebrates the First Ladies who have also served as a family caregiver. This month read the stories of Rosalynn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama.

First Lady Caregivers

Caregiving at the Oscars

Oscar Statues LG dreamstime_m_19071736 (2)We celebrate Oscar® Sunday by putting the spotlight on caregivers – in reel life and real life!

Read here about recent movies about caregiving and the real-life caregivers who have been Oscar winners.

2015 – Helping Caregivers See the Light

2015 Caregiving ClubAll year long we are dedicated to posting resources and articles that help caregivers better prepare for their role of a lifetime: the unexpected caring of a loved one. Caregiving can take us to dark places but our hope is that armed with information we can help bring light into your life.

September – Prostate & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

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September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness and National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, 22,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and 220,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. Learn more about prevention, treatment and support groups for these cancers from American Cancer Society.

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Read our CEO, Sherri Snelling’s interview with Alana Stewart on her caregiving journey with best friend, Farrah Fawcett, who battled another type of rare anal cancer.

Alana Stewart and Farrah Fawcett – Caring for an Angel

 

November National Caregiver Month

The largest volunteer health care workforce in our country are the nation’s 65 million caregivers. They carry the physical, emotional and financial responsibilities on their shoulders. This month we celebrate all of our nation’s caregivers.

Caregiving Club’s Top 10 Lists

CC Top 10 ListsDavid Letterman made the “Top 10” lists famous and Caregiving Club has decided to take a page from Letterman’s book to announce our year-long Top 10 Lists for Caregivers.

Each month, we will choose a different topic and provide you with the tips, resources, information we feel is best on that particular topic.

View all the Caregiving Club Top 10 Lists below:

JANUARY – Top 10 Caregiving Cost-Savings Tips

August – Relaxation and Vacation

Hammock dreamstime_m_4985601 (2)Two things caregivers rarely get to do: Relax and Take a Vacation. Our blogs this month help caregivers find ways to do both as we celebrate summer getaways and getting away from caregiver stress on National Relaxation Day August 15.

6th Annual CARE-Y Awards

6th Annual CARE Y Awards TVWhen it comes to the small screen, our caregiving “real” lives are played out in “reel time” by some stand-out shows that focus on one of our most important roles in life – caring for a loved one. Join us on Monday, August 25 as we reveal our choices for best “real life” and “reel life” caregivers – announced the same day as the 66th Annual Emmy Awards.