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AARP Caregiving Expert: Barry J. Jacobs

Barry 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

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How Family Caregivers Can Keep Loved Ones Safe as Stay-at-Home Orders Lift

Consider expert guidance and move forward at your own pace


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Caregivers Should Accept Guilt During the Pandemic and Move On

3 ways to use this uncomfortable emotion to become a better care provider


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How Caregivers Can Help Other Caregivers During the Pandemic

The secret lies in understanding what's often motivating their altruism


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How Caregivers Can Control Their Worry About the Coronavirus

Harness those concerns and turn them into positive action


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Grief for Two: How Spouses Can Mourn COVID-19 Losses Together

Sharing sadness and worry can help build a stronger relationship


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How Caregivers Can Feel Calm and Competent During the Pandemic

For starters, relax your high standards


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