Caring for seniors is an emotional job One caregiving challenge that doesn’t get enough attention is dealing with the strong emotions that unavoidably come up. Caregiving is hectic and exhausting, so it’s natural to push aside the feelings and focus on concrete tasks – especially when those feelings are ones we don’t want to admit … Read more4 Ways to Reduce Stress from Caregiver Emotions
Inviting patients into discussions of their faith and weaving it into their medical care and prescriptions, improves their functioning and sense of well-being.
Intentionally and systematically making awe more accessible at high-stress institutions may provide a new pathway toward supporting holistic health, well-being, and growth.
Seniors with low vision or disabilities can still enjoy reading Many older adults still enjoy reading even though their eyesight may have declined with age, they’ve become blind, or they’ve developed a physical disability. If that happens, traditional books won’t work anymore. And it’s no fun if they’re always forced to rely on someone to … Read moreFree Audio Books for Blind or Disabled Seniors
When industrial employment dominated the nation’s economy, such worlds were formed around the lives of the industrial working class. And when industry left, the social worlds that it sustained began to crumble. What emerged in its place was a recomposition not only the economy, but of the working class itself. As Winant writes, “the collapse … Read moreThe health care crucible
Gabe Winant is the author of The Next Shift: The Fall of Industry and the Rise of Health Care in Rust Belt America. The book “traces the transformation of Pittsburgh, the archetypal industrial steel town, into a city powered by the labor of hospital workers. It offers both a finely drawn portrait of working-class life … Read moreEveryone Deserves Care
Infrastructure “of a country, society, or organization,” according to the Collins Dictionary, “consists of the basic facilities … which enable it to function.” I’ve inserted an ellipsis in place of the clause “such as transportation, communications, power supplies, and buildings.” That is the hard physical infrastructure that seemingly everyone agrees is what infrastructure “really” means. … Read moreRosie Could Be a Riveter Only Because of a Care Economy. Where Is Ours?
When we imagine a caregiver, we often picture a woman: a mother caring for young children, spouse, and the daily household chores, a daughter nursing a father with disabilities, or a female child care provider. Historically, women have been expected to serve as primary providers of “caretaking” work, whether it’s parenting or caring for an … Read moreNormalizing Men as Caregivers Helps Families and Society
The words that I could not bring myself to admit bubbled to the surface: I have been preparing for my mother’s death. I do not want her to leave me without preserving what I can. Even though I know it is an impossible task, I am trying to protect myself against regret. In October 2018, … Read moreChinese Cooking Helps Me Connect With My Mother—And Helps Me Prepare to Lose Her
The United States stands alone among developed nations for failing to support families with paid family and medical leave. Slightly more than half of the U.S. workforce is eligible for 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the 1993 federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Yet given that about four in 10 Americans are unable to … Read moreWhat it Means to Live in a Country that Does Not Guarantee Paid Family and Medical Leave