Elizabeth Hanes,


Elizabeth Hanes is a caregiver, Registered Nurse and award-winning journalist whose specialties include caregiving, dementia, mental health, nursing, art, antiques, and travel throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Elizabeth founded The Cheerful Caregiver to promote self-care for caregivers, who too frequently put their own needs at the bottom of the priority list. Elizabeth lives in Albuquerque with her husband, Lee, and together they care for her mother.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Caregiver, have confidence! — Dec 26, 2011
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. "“ Norman Vincent Peale ...
Ho! Ho! Whoa! — Dec 19, 2011
"Recharging is absolutely crucial for introverts." -- Carl King Recently, a Facebook friend posted a link that changed my life. Maybe it will change yours, too. The link ...
It's about presence, not presents — Dec 12, 2011
"When I look back, I recall countless hours spent perusing catalogs and stores trying to find the right gift for my mother. I also recall, as the disease progressed, watchi...
Embrace Imperfectionism — Dec 05, 2011
My mom moved to New Mexico one year ago last month. Since then, I have cleaned her home exactly twice. Boy, do I feel like a poor excuse for a daughter! Today, three hous...
5 Great Gifts for Caregivers — Nov 29, 2011
Caregivers deserve to receive great gifts "“ not only at the holidays, but all year long: Trinkets that say "thank you," "great job," and "you are loved." That last one is ...
Daily Routines: Write Them Down! — Nov 28, 2011
I think routines represent a crucial element for family caregiver success. Routines ground us. And by "us," I mean both caregivers and the loved ones they care for. However...
Find the Real Riches in Your Life — Nov 21, 2011
"Happiness is making the most of what you have, and riches is making the most of what you've got." ~Penelope Keeling, The Shell Seekers As the caregiver of an elderly pers...
Save Money on Food — Nov 14, 2011
We all gotta eat, right? And many caregivers feed not only themselves and their children, but also their parents. If your parents can't afford to contribute to the food bud...
Are We Broke Yet? — Nov 07, 2011
In 2010, my friend Elizabeth Shean caused a bit of a sensation when she dared to discuss the hard costs involved in caring for an elderly parent. Shean took her father into...
How Do I Take Care of Myself While I'm Grieving? — Nov 06, 2011
Do not hesitate to reach out to family members and friends for help with your activities of daily living. When I lost my dad, I found it difficult some days just to get out...