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What Do You Know Now?

This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, two family caregivers joined me to share their insights in response to this question: What do you know now that you wish you knew then? You can listen to our show via the player below.

Gretchen Herrman, a member of one of my online support groups when she cared for mom until her mom’s death in 2004, and Kim Atchley, who cared for her parents, shared what caregiving was like for them during our discussion. They shared the best thing they did, what the waiting game was like, and managing life after caregiving. (You’ll remember Kim for one of our forgiveness shows; you can listen to that show here.)

I’d love to know your answer to the question I posed to Gretchen and Kim. What do you know now that you wish you knew when caregiving started? Please share your thoughts and insights in our comments section, below.


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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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  1. I enjoyed the show very much – Thank you!

    I wish I would have known that it’s okay to ask for, and have help. And that it’s important to remember and follow through with, what you like to do and what you enjoy.

    I especially wish I had known about and all the resources that Denise offers: her coaching, the blog talk radio shows, classes and webinars, and Denise’s books. My start in caregiving could have been so much better, stronger, and brighter.

  2. I finally got to listen to this today. Like Bette, I wish I had known about and all Denise’s resources when I was caring for my Dad.

    However, I did love the tip in this one to take a color copy of the actual pills your caree takes, with a different page for each time of the day.


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