— Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it …

—           Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas An excerpt from Shelly’s story: “It was a quick decision because I knew Mother needed me, but a hardship financially. … The next two-and-a-half years were a mix of wonderful shared experiences with her and a plethora of cooking, housekeeping, laundry, financial duties, bathing, managing medicines, monitoring blood pressure and countless trips to rehab, doctors, pharmacy, radiation, church, meetings and visits with friends and family.” Shelly is one of more …

— AARP Pennsylvania recently joined organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Home Instead, PCA, and Boomers R Heroes for a special event, “Caregiving for the Caregiver: Mind, Body, and Soul.” The morning session took place at the WHYY Media Commons where CBS 3 and the CW Philly 57’s Emmy Award-winning health reporter Stephanie Stahl, served as the moderator for a panel discussion on the needs of family caregivers. The featured speakers on the panel were experts in the caregiving industry answering questions …

— By Rochelle Sharp The first hint that Sheila Starr’s life would go into a tailspin seemed innocuous: scraps of paper in her mother-in-law’s car with directions to familiar places like her supermarket. At first, Sheila and her husband, Mitchell, simply increased how often they visited Ruth Starr, now 89, at her home in Braintree. After a few years, though, they decided Ruth needed more help and moved her into their South Boston home in 2011 for what they expected would …

— By Karen Haywood Queen When Yorke Nelson’s wife was diagnosed with dementia seven years ago, “I was thrust into doing things I just wasn’t accustomed to doing: cooking, buying clothes—especially undergarments—taking care of her personal hygiene.” Becoming the full-time caregiver for his wife upended Nelson’s world. “Suddenly, I was taking care of someone who took care of herself for so many years,” said the Williamsburg resident, who turns 76 this month. Many are walking in his shoes. Nearly 1.2 million …

— By Hollie Deese • Paula Eisenberger, 59, of Mount Juliet, had no idea how hard being a full-time caregiver to her mother would be when she took on the responsibility eight years ago.If things had gone as planned, perhaps it would have been easier. But Katherine “Granny” Jarvis’ health rapidly declined. The extent of care Jarvis, now 92, needed went far beyond administering her medication and preparing her meals. Both Eisenberger and her husband, Matthew Peters, 54, quit their jobs to become …