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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

Best Ways for Dementia Caregivers to Handle a Loved One's Memory Loss

Instead of correcting cognitive errors, let small mistakes slide


How Caregivers Can Build Trust With Their Loved Ones' Doctors

Develop a relationship based on straightforward communication and mutual respect


Restarting Home Health Aide Services During the Pandemic

Is it safe now for caregivers to bring back outside assistance?


How a Couple Can Overcome a Long-Hidden Infidelity

Uncover the motivation and then attempt the healing process together


How to Protect the Marriage Bond When Caring for a Spouse

Focus on what still brings you both joy


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


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