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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

Male family caregiver holding a prescription bottle and video chatting with a doctor on a tablet during a telehealth call

Handling Rising Health Care Expectations During the Pandemic

Trust your instincts on everyday issues, let doctors focus on the crisis at hand


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Caregivers and Coronavirus: Dealing With Forced Isolation

With adult day care centers closed and loved ones at home, here’s how to avoid friction


A woman sitting on her couch looking sad as she dreads her upcoming caregiving duties. A blurred image of an older man is in the background

Overcoming Feelings of Dread as a Family Caregiver

Rally past negative feelings and find joy


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How to Reconnect the Isolated Family Caregiver

Helping those with caregiving responsibilities get the support they need


older man and his daughter in the park

Gaining Confidence in Your Role as a Caregiver

How to overcome insecurities and take charge


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Keeping Your Marriage Strong While Caring for a Parent

Learn to set boundaries and enlist some extra help


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