Category Archives: working caregiver

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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This just in: CEO’s starting to see the need for increased wellness programs

I just recently ran across an article that stated employer’s are starting to see the need for increased wellness programs and that on the executive level. It began with a survey that gauges employers’ attitudes and strategies on the different … Continue reading

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Having a Heat Wave

Summertime tips for Caregivers Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations. Large stretches of the USA are experiencing extreme temperatures. Here are some summer heat tips for helping elderly loved ones avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion Encourage … Continue reading

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This just in: CEO’s starting to see the need for increased wellness programs

I just recently ran across an article that stated employer’s are starting to see the need for increased wellness programs and that on the executive level. It began with a survey that gauges employers’ attitudes and strategies on the different … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Eternally 12 Syndrome

My friend Colleen and I are both national speakers on issues related to caregiving and aging. While in Washington D.C. to speak at the Aging In America conference we shared a similar challenge in our family dynamics. Though both of … Continue reading

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The power to run the race: A reminder to all caregivers

Chariots of Fire was a great movie. It serves as a reminder that in the midst of any and all hardship, obstacle or circumstance, there is strength readily available. As you watch this YouTube clip, take notice of a great line … Continue reading

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Having a Heat Wave

Summertime tips for Caregivers Seniors are especially at risk in high heat situations. Large stretches of the USA are experiencing extreme temperatures. Here are some summer heat tips for helping elderly loved ones avoid heat stroke or heat exhaustion Encourage … Continue reading

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DIY Lessons in Caregiving Part 3 – Ask for Help!

I will admit that I am mildly obsessed with the show Flea Market Flip. Though the contestants find the items and come up with the plan of how to reinvent the items, there is a team of professionals who support … Continue reading

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Family Caregiving – An Escalating Dilemma for Corporations

With the growth of the elder population, it is imperative that vital eldercare education be provided to family caregivers in their communities and workplace, as this growth pattern negatively effects caregivers in both their home and work life. According to a … 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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There is no “Age Limit” on Family Caregiving

Although caregiving is often viewed as something that occurs as we get into our middle ages (50-65), according to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the distribution of caregiving age is different from what one might expect.  The overall average age … Continue reading

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10 ways to Maintain Your Brain© from The National Alzheimer’s Association

Head first: Good health starts with your brain. It’s one of the most vital body organs, and it needs care and maintenance. Take brain health to heart: Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke can increase your risk of … 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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I’m Fine!

Whenever someone asks me how I’m doing, I usually have the same response, “fabulous”.  I started using this response several years ago, because I recognize it not only adjusted my mind-set but the responses I received from the person asking … Continue reading

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Forgiving Abusive or Neglectful Parents (Part 2)

For many, forgiving parents will undoubtedly be difficult; particularly in cases where a parent was abusive. However, it is in these cases that we must be even more diligent about practicing forgiveness. To not do so and to choose to … Continue reading

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Forgiving our parents: It’s crucial to our well-being (Part 1)

I wanted to re-share this great 2-part post written by Susan Avello. Most parents love their children desperately. There is not much that a mother or father is not willing to do in an effort to love, nurture and protect … Continue reading

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Fighting Imaginary Foes

Today, in my allotted few minutes of brainlessness when I play online scrabble against the “robots” I realized that when I won the game I found myself smugly amused as if I had defeated some a real opponent.  In reality, … Continue reading

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Please Ignore the Woman Behind the Curtain

I’m often asked what I do for a living as well as in my spare time.  I puff out my chest and dramatically rattled off the following list: Author, Public Speaker, Blogger, Business Owner, Church Leader, Pastors Wife, Step-Mother, Caregiver, … Continue reading

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Doing the Right Thing

Recently I’ve had some challenges with the negative behaviors and attitudes of a handful of other people. I usually like to refer to these challenges as “opportunities for making better choices”. This little twist of the phrase makes me feel … Continue reading

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