Giving Care: Senior & Disabled Caregiver Resource Blog

Creativity, Eldercare, and Caregiving: Are they related?

Creative Outlet for Caregivers

What I wish I knew about family caregiving early on is that the 24/7 ongoing responsibilities never let up. We do many things for our elders in the caregiving years. We rush to the hospital in the middle of the night and we spend countless hours

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Family Caregivers: Who Will Take Care of You?

Eye looking upwards pondering who will take care of them when they are older

There is no shortage of posts written on the topic of family caregiving and self-care. You know the drill. Get a good night’s sleep. Eat right. Exercise. Stay social, and so on. These well-meaning messages may fall short of the big picture. If you have

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Family Caregivers: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A ROLE REVERSAL

The headline of this blog is in all caps for a reason. I’m shouting! I’m looking forward to the day when bloggers, reporters, website developers, media representatives, and marketing professionals stop referring to the process of caring for parents in terms of “role reversal.” And somewhere

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Family Caregivers: Are you addicted to busyness?

Damon Brown’s post, “3 Terrible Reasons Why You Are Addicted to Busyness,” stopped me dead in my tracks. Who me--addicted to “busyness?”   He explained why busyness feels like you cannot stop: Fulfils the ego - busyness becomes an acute measurement of entrepreneurial worth Fulfills guilt - not taking

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Hospice: You Gotta Shop Around

Like many people my age, I am experiencing the deaths of close friends and beloved family members at a fast and furious rate. Sometimes the deaths come after a long and painful dying process. Other times – Poof! People die with little to no warning.

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How to Get Paid for Family Caregiving: Part Two

After my father died, my sister and I were responsible for deciding what to do with his belongings and closing out his financial affairs. In addition to the zillions of caregiving hours we racked up before Dad’s death, little did we know that managing the

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How to Get Paid for Family Caregiving: Part One

A “Help Wanted” ad to find the perfect family caregiver would read something like this: HELP WANTED Qualifications: Skilled negotiator Demonstrates precise bookkeeping and financial-planning skills Able to juggle multiple schedules and calendars Has reliable car and valid driver's license Able to do heavy

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Me, Mom, and the ATM Machine

The phone rings. It’s Mom. “See you later, Joy. I’m going out now to withdraw cash from the ATM machine.” “Wait! What?” “You heard me. I need cash and I’m heading out the door.” The ATM machine in our Chicago neighborhood is located inside the nearby Walgreen’s. It’s

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Moving A Reluctant Parent (Part 3)

Are you in the middle of a major conflict with a parent who refuses to move?   Part Two of this blog series describes my experiences with conversations that go nowhere, accompanied by that hopeless sinking feeling that something bad will soon happen.   As an alternative to moving,

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Mother’s Day Gifts: Celebrate Moms and Grandmothers in Style

Red, orange and yellow flowers for mother's day

As a young child, I don’t know who had more fun on Mother’s Day – Mom or me. I recall reciting poems, drawing pictures on home-made greeting cards, and making my mother breakfast-in-bed to honor her. Nothing made me happier than watching her face light

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