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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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    The events involving Robin Williams' suicide have shed a light on the topic of depression. Especially how mysterious and veiled it can be behind those who suffered with it. I am caring for someone who suffers from depression, so his suicide definitely hit home for me.

    Does anyone else have experience dealing with chronically depressed friends or loved ones? Any advice you'd like to share?
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    Just finished a book, My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel in which the author recounts his own personal story about anxiety, and how closely related it is to depression and then subsequently how these can lead to suicide. He cites research showing how very common both anxiety and depression are and how very difficult these issues are to treat. He cites numerous studies on the nature vs. nurture argument and the endless trials and errors with various therapeutic approaches and drugs that are out there and that he personally experienced. It’s an interesting book to read and left me with a greater appreciation that there is so much more that needs to be done to help people cope with anxiety and depression. There appears to be no simple answers to these very complex and heartbreaking issues that many of us deal with personally or with friends and family.
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    It's a tough subject. I lost a childhood friend of mine years back to suicide. The thing that gets me is that the smallest differences we make, make the biggest impact to people suffering depression. The pain is almost impossible to understand for those who don't feel it. How could someone we value so much feel so undervalued?

    We never know what goes on beneath the veiled faces of people. There's rarely a big flag on someone's head that says "I'm depressed, help me!" They become extraordinarily good at hiding it.

    How about we just put our phones away every so often and talk to the person beside us in line or the subway. The little things go a long way.
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    My dad has been suffering from chronic depression for as long as I can remember. I have tried to help him in so many ways. The thing that I have found is that no one can really help. There is nothing anyone else can do to "fix" him or help him heal. If that day ever comes, its going to be by his own doing. I have come to find that the only thing I can do to help is listen. As often as I can I let him share openly with me and without judgement, I listen to what he has to say and remind him that there are people that love and care about him. I think thats all he's really asking for.
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    I am not a caregiver, but I find the community that CarePond is creating here absolutely wonderful.

    I just purchased the book you mentioned, Mary214, and am looking forward to reading it!
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    Rileswynn - Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your Dad. It's a long, painful road both you and he are on and I'm sure you would like to do more. Like you said, just being there for him and letting him know that you love and care for him is probably the best support you can provide. It's hard not to get swept up in our loved ones depression and feel like we are not doing enough to help them get better. Hang in there. I hope you take care of yourself also!
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