In recent weeks, I’ve heard from so many caregivers who are struggling. Each story is different, yet there’s always a common thread; these folks are exhausted, overwhelmed, and giving their absolute all to provide their loved ones with the best care possible. Many are also isolated and feeling as though they’re out on an island alone, often with very little hope for the future.

Focus on the Caregiver

If this sounds familiar, there are resources available to help. Not everyone has the luxury or freedom to attend in-person support groups, so they turn to virtual alternatives, and one of the best options out there is Caregiver’s Survival Network.

At CGSN, the sole priority is you – the caregiver – and your wellbeing. It makes no difference whether you’re caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, cancer, or another illness, you’ll find resources that will help you cope with stress, exhaustion, and that feeling of being alone. CGSN also lets you connect with other caregivers in situations similar to yours to share resources, tips, and experiences. Find a sympathetic ear or lend one; build a support network by connecting with people who understand what you’re going through.

Your 24x7x365 Support Group

Some of the features you’ll find on Caregiver’s Survival Network include:

  • Blog covering caregiver stories, book reviews, news, interviews, and other areas of interest.
  • Communities organized by themes such as long distance caregivers, sibling caregivers, and dementia caregivers. Topics are broken down further into sub-topics like Alzheimer’s, early onset, and Lewy Body Dementia, making it easy to connect with others on very specific issues of concern to you.
  • Learning Center offering tips for dealing with your loved one’s depression, fear, anxiety, and pain, among other things.
  • Journaling space that can be shared with your friends and other CGSN members or kept private.
  • Suggested reading list organized by subjects such as self-care, caregiver stories, and grief.
  • “CareCards” to inspire, comfort, and bring a smile to your face.
  • Organizational Toolkit including examples of strategies that have worked well for other caregivers. Soon this space will also include templates for things like medication tracking and care notes.
  • Financial planning tips and resources.
  • Links to hundreds of other blogs and caregiver resources on topics like advocacy, bereavement, special needs parenting, and healthy living, as well as a number of resources categorized by condition; for example, cancer, dementia, and stroke.

By Caregivers for Caregivers

It’s very evident that Caregiver’s Survival Network was borne of someone’s personal need to connect with others who know the challenges of caregiving. Founder Adrienne Gruberg has walked in your shoes, and he fact is, until you’ve been a caregiver, it’s impossible to fully relate to the complexity of emotions involved. The folks at CGSN have done a beautiful job of creating a safe place to share experiences and feelings without fear of judgment, while providing a tool chock full of information to help make the lives of caregivers a little bit better.

Check out the site and leave a comment here letting us know what you thought.


  1. Allie

    Wow this is such an honor and I am incredibly humbled by this. When Adrienne and I set out on our journey to make the Caregiver’s Survival Network, we wanted to help caregivers all over. It is really wonderful to see the site helping so many already. Thank you Ann for those lovely, lovely words.

    • Ann Napoletan

      You’re most welcome, Allie. I truly wish I had known about your site years ago at the beginning of our ALZ journey with my mom. As I figure out life after caregiving, one of my main priorities is to help other caregivers in any way that I can – your site is a gem, and one that everyone in this situation needs to know about! Thanks for all that you do.

  2. Carol Lane McCoo

    I feel overwhelmed at the age of 62.My mother is high functioning at 85 and my daughter is in the hospital with tumors and a mental illness at the age of 43! Talk about sandwich !! I retired and cannot live large like my mom so I am in need of a first home or rent an apartment and move from L.A to Detroit.

    • Ann Napoletan

      Carol, I’m so sorry you’re going through this… (((Hugs))) ~Ann

  3. Cindy Marie

    I am glad there is something out there for those that can’t go to a group in person. Thank you for sharing this, it is so needed by so many people that are just ready to break. I am happy to have found this as well as found a resource I can share with those that need it.

    • Ann Napoletan

      Thank you for the feedback, Cindy! We’re glad to know you find this great resource helpful! ~Ann

  4. Rene' Rasmussen/Slotnick

    I think I am experiencing “burn out”. I feel I have given up. I have a constant headache. My daughter wanted me to go with her to mediation, so we put on a film for mom, usually that is fine. There is a woman who comes and rings the door bell, she constantly walks her dogs past our townhouse. She used to write strange notes to me and leave them on the door but she hasn’t done that in a while. I think she came over again, rang the door bell, woke my mom up. My mom couldn’t open the door, so she went to the window, I drove up to see this person at my moms window yelling “she is in a panic, she is in a panic, I’ve called the fire department!” Up drives the fire truck, the woman runs to the man and says something. I do know her mother lives right around the corner in a home and she has not seen her for years. What do I do?

  5. Larry Singer

    For those seniors who remain at home, consider the 7 X 24 protection of It gives you the peace of mind that if a medical emergency happens, first responders will know who to contact, your parents medical conditions and medications, and the other key items they need to help your parents.

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