Coping Tips from an Expert

A Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist shares her experiences and insights on coping as a caregiver

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There are many support groups available to caregivers.
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Beth Witrogen, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated journalist, speaker, and author of Caregiving: The Spiritual Journey of Love, Loss, and Renewal, shares her experiences and insights on coping as a caregiver.

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Accept that this is a life passage. Viewing it in this way versus a punishment or a mistake allows you to grow into a larger role. 

Tap into calming. Try meditation and prayer. Whatever grounds you will keep you centered, so a good diet, good friends, nourishing activities, and most of all watching negative projections and self-criticism are great tools for health.

Manage your time. It’s important not to neglect your other relationships. Prioritize duties and delegate where you can. Often the legal, medical, or financial duties can be assigned to other family members who may live farther away, or elder-care services can be hired or volunteers brought in through the local Area Agency on Aging.

Stay positive. By setting boundaries and finding our own place of stillness within, our loved ones don’t feel they are a burden to us, which helps relieve their stress.

Know that you are not alone. There are many support groups available; join one. See “Online Resources” and “Coachella Valley Caregiver Support Groups” for some options.

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Online Resources

Alzheimer’s Association:;
24-hour telephone support: 800-272-3900

American Association of Retired Persons:

A Place for Mom:

California Department of Aging:

Caregiver Action Network:

Department of Health and Human Services:

Eisenhower Medical Center Five Star Club:

Family Caregiver Alliance:

Lotsa Helping Hands:

Medicare Caregiver Resources:

Mizell Senior Center:

National Alliance for Caregiving:

National Council on Aging:

Riverside County Office on Aging:

Stroke Recovery Center:

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