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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

A married couple sitting on the couch having a disagreement

How to Protect the Marriage Bond When Caring for a Spouse

Focus on what still brings you both joy


Grandfather touching the window and his grandson touching the window from the outside. Both wearing protective face masks.

Telling Your Grandchildren to Keep Their Distance During Coronavirus Pandemic

Speak up if you think your health and safety may be compromised by their actions


Woman having a serious talk with her father

How to Assist the Stubborn Male Family Caregiver

Offer support, but on terms he will accept


man and woman at home having a disagreement

How to Stop Arguing With Your Spouse About Coronavirus Risks

Steps to calmly and productively reach a solution


woman wearing a face mask looking through the window of a restaurant

How to Keep Loved Ones Safe as Stay-at-Home Orders Lift

Consider expert guidance and move forward at your own pace


Anxious looking woman looking out a window

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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