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AARP Caregiving Expert: Barry J. Jacobs

Barry J. Jacobs is a clinical psychologist, a family therapist and a member of AARP's Caregiving Advisory Panel.

His passion for enhancing support for family caregivers led him to write or cowrite dozens of articles and several books on the subject, including AARP Meditations for Caregivers: Practical, Emotional and Spiritual Support for You and Your Family and the forthcoming Love and Meaning at 50. He served as caregiver for his mother and stepfather, both of whom had dementia.

Jacobs has appeared as a caregiving expert on Dr. Phil and given more than 600 presentations for family caregivers, community groups, and medical and mental health professionals. His areas of expertise include behavioral health integration, complex care management, enhancing family caregiver engagement and supports, team-based care, and provider wellness.

A former magazine journalist, he helped put together the first edition of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll.

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Barry's Latest Columns

Getting Along With Your Spouse's Siblings and Their Spouses

To keep the peace, you may need to compromise and hold your tongue


When Family Caregivers Seek Help but Then Reject It

Guilt and worry may keep a caregiver from accepting some much-needed assistance


The Emotional Challenges of End-of-Life Family Caregivers

Take time together to reminisce, review life history and reflect on your relationship


Giving Thanks to Family Caregivers During and After Thanksgiving

In addition to cards and flowery toasts, lend help whenever you can


Best Ways for Dementia Caregivers to Handle a Loved One's Memory Loss

Instead of correcting cognitive errors, let small mistakes slide


How Caregivers Can Build Trust With Their Loved Ones' Doctors

Develop a relationship based on straightforward communication and mutual respect


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