Some of Our Favorite Caregiver Blogs
These blogs are about caregiving. They are written by caregivers, journalists, experts and staff writers for Parkinson's disease and caregiving organizations. Most are about taking care of yourself as a caregiver, getting your affairs in order, advocating for your loved one, etc. But some are personal experiences with tips for caregiving.
Pick a few and have a read. You may learn something and you will definitely not feel alone in being a caregiver.
Bloggers: Brenda Avadian, MA, and experts
Topics covered: helping loved ones feel less guilty; book reviews; caregiver survival tips; improving your memory; preparing pureed meals; when a loved one dies on a holiday; and caregiver burnout.
Bloggers: Mix of expert and guest authors
Topics covered: avoiding caregiver burnout; resilience; podcasts to help you get to sleep; future-proofing your home; how to ask for the help you need; financial issues; music therapy; Medicare changes; 10 steps to being the executor of an estate; and grief.
Bloggers: Staff writers
Topics covered: health and wellness; caregiving tips and tricks; formulating a caregiving plan; caregiver bill or rights; financial and legal planning; home preparedness and maintenance; and cutting edge care technologies.
Bloggers: DailyCaring Editorial Team
Topics covered: home safety and scam avoidance; dementia care; health and wellness; caregiver stress; holidays as a caregiver; finding a support group; hiring caregiving help; aging at home; financial/tax tips; and self-care.
Blogger: Anne Tumlinson
Topics covered: the burden of “self care”; don’t be surprised by Medicare’s out-of-pocket costs; letting go or, “It’s not all about you”…; throwing in the towel: the 6 most important questions to ask when you want to quit caregiving; 4 tips for talking to your parents about death.
Bloggers: Jess and Arthur, caregivers to Jess’s mother for nearly 10 years
Frequency: Varying intervals between Oct. 2016 and Oct. 2019
Topics covered: Advocating for care, dysphagia, hydration tips, natural thickeners, UTI prevention, dysphagia diet, wound care tips, brushing teeth, tips for taking medicine, what is home health, how to change bed sheets with somebody in them, caregiving equipment, tips for hospitalization, skin care tips, 5 things to look for in a new doctor, bathing tips, easy meal ideas, birthday and gift ideas, tips for managing incontinence, transportation assistance for seniors, ways to eat more plant-based foods, how to avoid medicine mix-ups, games for seniors with dementia, and more.
The New Old Age, by The New York Times
Bloggers: Jane Gross, Paula Span, and other contributors
Frequency: Bi-weekly, discontinued. Publication dates: 2008-2015.
Topics covered: medical decision-making, housing and long-term care; government policies; the latest geriatrics research; end-of-life choices; and the personal rewards and headaches of caring for aging loved ones.
Last Updated August 2020 by Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach.