Lisa Niemi Swayze Talks About Caregiving in the Public Eye

Lisa Niemi Swayze Talks About Caregiving in the Public Eye

Lisa Niemi Swayze talks about caregiving in the public eye. Patrick Swayze was an image of vitality for most people, bursting into the public eye with iconic performances in movies like The Outsiders, Ghost, and Dirty Dancing. And for more than 34 years, Lisa Niemi Swayze was by his side — first as a girlfriend, then as a wife, and finally, … Read more

Leeza Gibbons on Caregiving

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She’s a well-known television personality, new Rose Bowl Parade host, and an Emmy award winner, but Leeza Gibbons’ non-entertainment roles have introduced her to an entirely different audience of fans. As the founder of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation, Leeza’s Place, and Leeza’s Care Connection, Gibbons has created a support network and programs for caregivers … Read more

Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s how to handle the stress. It’s easy for caregivers to get stressed out during the holiday season. As caregivers, many of us are already overwhelmed with our daily responsibilities, leaving us vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrives. During this busy season, we can be tempted to increase unhealthy behavior—such as drinking more … Read more

Caregivers and Resentment

Caregivers and Resentment

caregivers and resentmentResentment can be a regular companion for many caregivers. A deep-seated feeling of obligation can cause caregivers to drive themselves mercilessly with such internal commands such as “I have to, I must, I’m supposed to, I need to.” In addition, many caregivers permit others to reinforce these beliefs, allowing themselves to be emotional … Read more

Access to Care

Access to Care

When it comes to the challenges of working within the health care system, our family has gotten plenty of experience as we’ve dealt with my wife’s chronic pain: step therapy, delays in the authorization process, medications being moved to the “specialty tier” level—even being considered a drug seeker. Becoming an advocate includes having knowledge of … Read more

Practical Ways for Caregivers to Manage Medical Bills

As a caregiver, you probably have a lot on your plate. Everything from checking on your loved one to making medical decisions to buying groceries to everyone’s favorite – paying medical bills. Caregiving for a loved one, especially one who is in chronic pain, can be a daunting and emotionally draining challenge. And making financial decisions … Read more

A Patient Advocate Shares Her Best Advice for Caregivers

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We all know that patient advocates focus on patients’ care. But if you’re a caregiver who needs assistance, a medical advocate can help you too, with everything from driving your loved one to doctors’ visits to helping you navigate health insurance. Gina Hannah Gina Hannah is a patient advocate, part of a growing industry of laypeople dedicated to helping meet … Read more

Caregiving: Cracking the Emotional Code

Caregiving: Cracking the Emotional Code

Few things can be more stressful to a caregiver than taking care of a loved one with chronic pain. In a society that values work and activity, the sufferer of chronic pain is often the object of disbelief—viewed not as having an illness but as being a complainer or just plain lazy. Such social stigmatization is further … Read more