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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

How Caregivers Can Balance a Loved One's Safety and Dignity

Keep an eye on changing needs, and allow as much independence as possible


The Saving Power of a Caregiving Journal

How it can help you stave off depression, regain a sense of control


Community and Culture Help Black Caregivers Cope With the Challenges of Family Caregiving

Studies show that many feel a better sense of purpose and commitment than their caregiver counterparts


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


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