A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members


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Readers and Followers:

Despite the fact that I am taking a break from this caregiving blog, the need for caregivers is not going to go away.  Since I believe my book, What to Do about Mama? and blog remain relevant, I have developed this “categorized index” so that you can reference posts related to your own caregiving endeavors.

Planning and preparing for caregiving

Life is fragile

Caregiver Questionnaire

Becoming a Caregiver and Planning for the Future


The Family Meeting

Slippery Slope

The Evolution of Caregiving

Caregiving profiles and difficult caregiving choices

Aging in Place: Moving in with the Kids

He Needs to Read the Book

Moving In!

Caregiving: Should I quit my job?

Long-Distance Caregiving

That Darkest Place

Your care receiver

Goal Setting: Does it Impact Longevity?



Should you sit in on doctor appointments?


A Thread of Conversation with the Cape Cod Caregiver

Canes: Aging and Vanity

Say what?

Reflection of the Future

When Parent-Child Lines become Fuzzy

The caregiver:  body and mind

Characteristics and Abilities of a Good Caregiver

Optimist-Pessimist-or Realist

Positive or negative?

Does Caregiving Impact Caregiver Health?

Support Groups

Caregiver’s Break


Caregiver Stress Webinar

Do Family Caregivers Feel Valued?

Not quite the plan: Dating and caregiving.

Looking ahead:  How will our children be prepared?

Caregiving Role Models

Burdening Our Kids

Family interaction in caregiving

Shared Responsibility

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Emotional Conflict

Resentment: Recognize and Eradicate

It’s in the Book!

Family Dynamics: Caring for In-laws

Caregiver Contracts

Organizing and processing “things”

It Pays to Prepare

Processing the Pictures


Death, dying and other difficult emotions

The Conversation Project

A Controversial Issue Worthy of Comments

Again, Quality vs. Quantity of Life

Would you choose to die at 75?

People cope with death in many different ways – The Patriot-News

Different Perspectives on Grief

Hospice: When Should They Get Involved?

Childhood caregiving and children’s grief

It never goes away and it has made me who I am.

Missing Childhood: The Overlooked Caregivers

Remembering those who have died 

Heart Memories 

My Counterpart: a Go-To Grammy

Katie’s Story:  Parts One (October 2014) through Twenty-five (April 2015)

From Shifting Gears: Katie’s Story, Part One. (10/14) to Where Do We Go from Here?: Katie’s Story, Part Twenty-Five (4/15)

Thanks for visiting!

Barbara Matthews


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