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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 Manage Risk-Taking Male Care Receivers

Channel dangerous impulses into physical therapy and other safer activities


Reducing Green-Eyed Envy in Family Caregiving

Learn how to manage your feelings and find a greater sense of purpose in your role


New Transparency in Doctor-Caregiver Communication

Better access to a health care provider's clinical notes may improve care


When Family Caregivers Feel Used — and Angry About It

To lighten the caregiving load, make small, direct requests for assistance


How Family Caregivers Can Determine if They Are Drinking Too Much

Test to see if your pandemic-stress-induced consumption is problematic


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

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


More About Barry


  • Principal, Health Management Associates, Philadelphia
  • Former director of behavioral sciences, Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program


  • Doctor of psychology, Widener University
  • Bachelor of arts, Brown University

Select books and publications


  • Don Bloch Award for lifetime achievement, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, 2016
  • Widener University Graduate Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology, 2009

Select associations and memberships

  • Member, AARP Caregiving Advisory Panel
  • National spokesman, American Heart Association
  • Honorary board member, Well Spouse Association
  • Member, American Psychological Association, American Society on Aging, Collaborative Family Healthcare Association

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