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October 21, 2014 4:22 AM
Take a moment to watch Aging in America: Stuck in the Middle, an issue that plagues millions of Americans that don't qualify for medicaid, but don't have enough money to pay for long term care. Beacon Hill Village in Boston has come up with an innovative solution with community living for seniors. The grassroots campaign now has over 140 similar villages around the country.
Do you have enough time for yourself?
September 12, 2014 8:44 AM

It's no secret that being a caregiver is stressful. So what is the best way to reduce that stress?

A major philosophy of CarePond exists on the premise of caring for those who care for others. If you feel overwhelmed or isolated as a caregiver, you're not alone. We gathered thousands of data points submitted to us by other caregivers related to stress, their support networks and personal care.

Here's what we found:


Oddly enough, even with a strong support network, 67% of caregivers surveyed found their stress levels unaffected. So what was the biggest stress reducer?

That's right. Take some time out of the day to do something you enjoy, be it with a loved one or yourself. Make it a priority, just like breakfast and lunch. Although at times it may be hard to come to terms with, caring for yourself is always a first priority, even when caring for someone you love.

CarePond Mourns Robin Williams Loss
August 13, 2014 5:59 AM

We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of Robin Williams' passing. For many of us at CarePond, Mr. Williams was a wonderful part of our lives growing up as children. The warmth and happiness he brought to us emboldened our joy in good times, and served as a beacon in our times of struggle.

This week, we would like to dedicate CarePond to caregivers, friends and family who provide aid for those suffering from depression. Feel free to share your experiences, tips and stories in the Q&A section.

Updates to your profile
June 28, 2014 4:55 PM
We've face-lifted the way your profile works. We hope this change will make it even easier to keep your information up to date, as well as the information for whom you care. Check out the tutorial in Help: Exploring your profile. As always, you can find more help by contacting us directly.
How Does Caregiving Affect You?
June 22, 2014 4:29 PM

Our main focus at CarePond is relieving the burden caregiver's face on a daily basis. Here, we give some insight into the reasons many people join CarePond and how they best describe their feelings as a caregiver. The basic question we were looking to answer was:

Does a caregiver's emotions affect the reason why they joined CarePond?

To figure that out, we took a look at some of the anonymous data we've gathered:



Finally, we wanted to see how the leading emotions caregivers experience tie together with their reason for joining CarePond:

An equal number of those frustrated joined to share knowledge and connect with people.
The majority of users who feel overwhelmed joined to connect with people.

Our findings show that many caregivers who've joined support communities experience a great deal of frustration and stress. We also found that many of the feelings caregivers experience are aimed toward their care situation, rather than toward themselves (guilt, fear and isolation), or toward the person they care for (resentment or grief).

We're happy to announce CarePond has been featured in L.A. lifestyle magazine TasteVin Magazine. They chose to feature us in their "Something Sweet" section. Each issue they feature a person or company that is helping their community, and we were lucky to be chosen this June/July issue! Take a look at www.tastevinmag.com.
New feature
June 2, 2014 1:25 AM
CarePond has released a brand new feature called Voices. Take a look and see what it's all about.
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"My Daddy's Dead"
August 14, 2014 7:30 PM
"My Daddy's Dead", was how the phone call started with Jack, my husband's uncle. Jack was not upset, just stating a fact, not realizing how this event would impact our lives as well as his for the next 20 years. Jack, who at the time of his Father'...
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    I'm taking care of my mother in Chicago. My sister lives in Atlanta and doesn't help out much. What advice does anyone have for getting my sister more involved? Even though she lives in a different state.
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    Carly465 - I've had the same experience as you. Trying to get other family members to help is really hard. I think sometimes they don't realize how much effort it takes to care for someone. If you have a good relationship with your sister, maybe the two of you could talk about ways that she could help you. How to get her more involved is going to depend on what help you want from her.
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    Carly465, it is a very common experience to feel like more of the burden is placed on one sibling than another. I think the thing to consider is everyone faces caregiving and illness in different ways, and it can really overwhelm some people to the point of avoidance or awkwardness even if they love the person needing care very much. Just like how some people like to tackle problems head on, others prefer to work behind the scenes. Maybe there are some things she can help out with from Atlanta behind the scenes, like offering to pay bills or chip in for a housekeeper a couple of times a week. In this day and age, your sibling could even do grocery delivery online, if that would ease some of the workload. Plus, this may give your sibling some insight into how complex caregiving is without you having to say much. It could also be great if she could come caregive for a bit, while you take some much needed R&R. At the end of the day, everyone is different, so give yourself a pat on the back for being such a big help to whomever you are caring for!
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    Finding out what other family members are good at can help you get them involved. Maybe she could handle all the finances and pay the bills; maybe she could contribute extra money so you could pay for a caregiver once a week; if she's good on the web, maybe she could do research for you on your mom's disease and what resources are in your area for help.
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