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Caregiver Stress Equals Higher Health Care Costs for Employers

The impact of Elder Care issues on corporate America will continue to grow as our elderly population increases. Employees juggling job responsibilities with care giving are a reality in the workplace of today and the future. Workers are torn between … Continue reading

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The Waiting Game

During the last few years I’ve spent in more than my fair share of time in hospital waiting rooms (today will again be one of those days).   As a result I’ve become somewhat of an expert in the waiting experience.   Instead of hording this new-found knowledge … Continue reading

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Pro-Active Crisis Management

During a recent conversation with a friend he shared how frustrated he was that, during a medical crisis with his father-in-law that required emergency surgery; no-one asked any questions of the surgeon about potential future consequences or complications. I’ve often … Continue reading

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Worry Hours

Working in the health care field for the past 20 years I have heard the term “Worry Hours” repeatedly when discussing family caregivers. These hours are between 10pm and 1am when family caregivers, overwhelmed by the burdens of managing  caregiving … Continue reading

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Caregiver Down

I have to admit that the start of this year has been less than happy.  After a wonderful New Year’s Eve with my husband I woke up January 1st to severe back pain and migraine which then morphed into flu-like combination … Continue reading

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Guest Blog – Keeping Mom or Dad at home with VA benefits

One of my favorite ways of helping families with care needs is by helping them to receive veteran’s benefits using a family caregiver agreement. Such an arrangement often solves a number of problems simultaneously. It provides compensation for the caregiver, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Recognizing Early Symptoms of Degenerative Eye Diseases

As we age our eyes tend to become less efficient and more prone to degenerative diseases. One in 6 adults over the age of 45 will experience some sort sight-threatening problem, the three most common degenerative eye diseases being Glaucoma, … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – The Importance of Long Term Care Planning

Click here to join me Thursday from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio Topic: The Importance of Long Term Care Planning Guest: Sandy Essex About Sandy:  Sandy Essex is an independent LTC planning specialist.  She owns a company called Best Coverage, … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Managing Stress

Click here to join me today for CaregiverLife Radio from 10-11am (CST) Topic: Stress Management Guest: Dave Balch Dave Balch has a unique, inspiring, and loving story to share, coupled with the experience, desire, and ability to share it. Dave Balch supported … Continue reading

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$10 Worth of Empowerment

Over the last year I’ve helped my Aunt out as she faces multiple health issues, including driving her to doctor appointments, the grocery store and to some family events.  On many of these junctures she has offered me money to … Continue reading

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CaregiverLife Radio – Music Therapy

Join me today from 10-11am (CST) for CaregiverLife Radio My guest: MARY ELLEN HEELAN Mary Ellen Heelan, a native of Downers Grove,Illinois has had an eclectic career, starting out as a Social Studies teacher in Oklahoma and Virginia; then moving into … Continue reading

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The Billion Dollar Employee Crisis

This week I had the distinction of speaking at the Illinois Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) conference on the effect of elder-care on the workplace.   As I finished my presentation an attendee approached and as she did the tears … Continue reading

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You Can’t Handle the Truth

Recently, while facilitating a caregiver workshop, I asked the caregivers how they were REALLY doing.  Each shared with me how honored and privileged they were to care for their elderly parents.  However; when I shared the strain I had felt … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know about Paying for Mom’s Care

I recently read an article about little known laws that could be a colossal issue for family caregivers.  These statutes are known as filial responsibility laws and are on the books in many states holding adult children, at least on … Continue reading

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Managing Difficult Conversations

Last year one of my family members, due to a prescription happy physician, was on several medications that had changed her personality from friendly to flat, as well as challenged her decision-making skills leading  to 2 car accidents (she had … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Caregiving for Senior Mesothelioma Patients

The words seem to come out of nowhere. “I have mesothelioma.” When those three words sputter across your loved one’s lips, life changes in ways you don’t know how to imagine. A mesothelioma diagnosis is often terminal. Some patients try … Continue reading

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Tips For The Sandwich Generation

People in the Sandwich Generation are struggling to meet the needs of their growing or adult children and the needs of their aging parents while usually managing a hectic work schedule as well.  Anyone who is sandwiched between two generations … Continue reading

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Guest Post: BECOME A PARTNER WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN

When I worked in hospitals, I noticed many patients had trouble becoming an active participant in their healthcare, for various reasons. To address this concern, I spoke to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Chief Medical Editor of NBC News and my colleague … Continue reading

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A Crack in the Rock

For the Chinese 2008 was the Year of the Rat, for me that year can best be described as “The Year of the Crisis”. Some highlights include my step daughters canceled wedding 2 weeks before the event, my best friends … Continue reading

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Interview on Public Perspectives

I had the honor of being interviewed by Kevin McDermott on his show Public Perspectives.  To watch the interview http://ustre.am/:11m1P

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