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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 to Reconnect the Isolated Family Caregiver

Helping those with caregiving responsibilities get the support they need


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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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Getting Health Care Professionals to Understand Your Needs

Caregivers should challenge doctors and social workers to really listen


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Acceptance of a Loved One's Condition Isn't Giving Up

Dealing with hard facts can help you better face challenges down the road


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Mixed Messages Complicate Caregiving

Meetings can help everyone stay on the same page

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