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Caregiver Burnout & How To Prevent It

What is Caregiver Burnout & How Do I Prevent It? If constant stress has you feeling disillusioned, helpless, and completely worn out, you may be suffering from burnout. When you’re burned out, problems seem insurmountable, everything looks bleak, and it’s difficult to muster up the energy to care—let alone do something about your...

How to Talk With Your Parent About Assisted Living

It's not an easy conversation to have, but most of us eventually have to talk to our parents about assisted living. I've found that it is the rare older adult that embraces the decision to move out of the home they love, and into, what they often deem, "a facility." Most folks resist the idea because they feel their adult children are forcing the...

Why I Started Coaching for Caregivers

I think one of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to find the proper balance between managing my career with my growing family. As women, we try to do it all and most of us are trying to do a perfect job. But being a caregiver is hard work. It doesn’t matter whether we are caring for our spouse, our children or our parents. Caregiving is t...

I Was a Child Caregiver

I remember coming home from school soon after I turned 12 years old, and finding my mom lying in bed, covered in sweat, writhing in her sleep, and moaning. The room was dark and I couldn’t wake her up. I placed the back of my hand on her forehead, like she did when I didn’t feel good. She was so hot… My best friend Dena used to get “bus headache...

Managing the Emotions of Caregiving

Did you know one of the most difficult skills an Alzheimer’s caregiver has to learn is how to become a Juggler? Although you and I can’t see the various balls they’re constantly trying to keep in the air, make no mistake about it – Alzheimer’s caregivers spend their days, their weeks, their months and their years doing their ...

Delivering a Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Receiving a probable diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can bring even the strongest to their knees. It has the power to knock the world right off its axis and will leave in its wake newly named care receivers, care partners, caregivers, and entire families reeling and breathless. Like so many across this country who receive the news they have Alzheim...

All Is Not Lost ~ Ways to Reconnect With Your Loved One

When I arrived at Ed’s house, it was only two in the afternoon and Ed was just sitting there in his wheelchair, eyes closed and in complete and total silence. His paid caregiver sat beside him, playing games on her smart phone, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Ed was right there. Ed is in the mid to late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, and ...

Mom, We Need To Talk

It’s not easy to sit down with your mom to have the talk. No, not the talk she had with you when you were young and horribly embarrassed because she insisted on having a chat about sex! Nope. I’m talking about the talk you need to have with her because you’re frightened. You’re frightened because you’ve noticed h...

If You Can't Keep Your Promise ~ The Nursing Home Decision

All of us make promises to those we love and some of our promises can span the course of a lifetime. There are promises we keep, and promises that as the years go by, we have no choice but to break. If we made a promise to never put our loved one in a nursing home and now discover we have no other choice, the guilt and heartbreak we feel can be overwhe...