Category Archives: sandwich generation

Wrinkles, Memory Loss and Erectile Dysfunction

Every time I turn on the TV I see a commercial for yet another thing I need to be concerned about as I age.  Wrinkles, weight gain, memory loss, chaotic hormones and even thinning eyelashes (not to mention the distressing … Continue reading

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Stop Shoulding On Your Family

In the internet age we have immediate access to information that can help increase our brain function, manage health issues and decrease risk for increasing health problems.  Sharing this information with those we love can be helpful in making a … Continue reading

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On the Edge: Part 1 Standing on the Sidelines

One of my favorite movies is “It’s a Wonderful Life”.   I love the scene where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) & Mary Hatch – later Bailey (played by Donna Reed) are at the high school dance caught up in … Continue reading

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Don’t Panic

It was 8:15am when the call came.  My Aunt’s caregiver was calling to tell me my Aunt had fallen and 911 was called.  I quickly got dressed and headed to the hospital.  Pulling out of the driveway while searching my … Continue reading

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To Serve and Protect

Just like becoming a member of the US military is a choice, so is it a choice to care for an elderly loved one.  Once that choice is made, you then have a duty serve and protect those you love, … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Understanding Home Health

Click here to join me tomorrow morning from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio Topic: Understanding Home Health Guest: Janine M. Smith, RN Janine is the President and the owner of Elder Bridge, Inc. She is responsible for the assessment and coordination … Continue reading

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Random Stop Syndrome

While at a conference in Las Vegas, I experience a phenomenon I refer to as “Random Stop Syndrome”.  While walking through the casinos people would come to a sudden and complete stop for no apparent reason setting off a chain … Continue reading

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The Joy of Dancing

I have to admit it…I’m addicted to Dancing with the Stars! I coordinate my chaotic schedule around the show. What makes it even better is that during the commercials I call my mom and she and I evaluate the dancers, … Continue reading

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Mistakes Will Be Made

When caring for someone we love, we want to make all the right moves, research all the options and make all the right decisions. Unfortunately we are human and, as humans, it is inevitable that we will make mistakes. Even … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Christmas Ideas for Caregivers

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for your favorite caregiver? Don’t worry just yet. You don’t actually need to buy anything grand or spend a huge amount of money to show how much you care. Sometimes, simple acts of kindness … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Rule of Caregiving (that No one can seem to Follow)

An essential imperative of caregiving is: Take care of yourself.  However; the majority of family caregivers are so busy taking care of others that they neglect to care for themselves.  The sad irony is that if caregivers made it a … Continue reading

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It Was Right in Front of Me in Black and White

As a national speaker I have presented to hundreds of family caregivers throughout the country.  In each presentation I highlight how, as caregivers, we can become task masters; focused on our to-do list more than the people around us.  I … Continue reading

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Permission to Fail

The other day I was part of an expert panel discussion on “How to care for yourself while caregiving” through WEGO Health and one of the other panelist, Ben Murphy (@athletdad) shared a great point.  He said that one of … Continue reading

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Reconciliation and Your Well-Being

Family and Forgiveness Growing up my family was very close.  In typical Italian style, every Sunday was spent at my grandparent’s home in Chicago where random aunts, uncles and cousins (most of which lived on the same block) gathered for … Continue reading

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Creative Communication

A friend of mine shared his communication challenges with his wife who has undergone several surgeries, rounds of chemo and radiation for brain tumors.  Since the treatments she has been suffering from aphasia, causing her trouble finding words, as well … Continue reading

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