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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).

"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 even...

Our mission is simple - to connect caregivers and provide access to information, advice, resources, and social support. CarePond is the first place to look for information on caregiving and the best place to immediately connect with others like you.

We’re a network of informal caregivers (any spouse, partner, family member, friend, or neighbor taking care of an aging, ill or disabled loved one) dedicated to helping one another. You could say we’re a social network with a social conscience.

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