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A Morning with Old Billy

This morning, on Your Caregiving Journey, Old Billy joined me for Table Talk. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of the post.

Old Billy spoke about a time during caregiving for his dad when he felt he was reaching his breaking point. I asked him what he did to feel better. He shared these four great tips:

1. He kept to a four-hour schedule, which meant that every four hours he closed his eyes. If he slept, great. If he just cleared his mind, that worked too. The break every four hours ensured he got rest.

2. He gave up the thought that he needed to give immediate responses to health care professionals. When a treatment was suggested or a decision needed, Old Billy would tell the health care professionals, “Thank you for giving me something to think about.” Giving himself time to consider options meant he made decisions based on logic, rather than emotion.

3. He made sure he made time to read.

4. He let go of expectations of what would come next and focused on the moment.

Old Billy is a great reader and will join G-J and I on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. ET on Your Caregiving Journey to discuss our May book club pick, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Be sure to join us in the chat room and share your feedback on the book. And, when you log in, bring your best guess as to the location of Old Billy’s mom in the Where’s Grandma contest for a chance to win.

Thanks so much, Old Billy, for sharing with us this morning. It was great to start the day with you.


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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 was able to listen in to the end of the show and will listen to the whole thing later this weekend. Great tips, Old Billy! It’s great to remember it’s okay to think for a bit and not be reactive. Thanks for the contest, too. It’s a lot of fun but this one has me stumped (the picture makes me think of the Wizard of Oz but I think it’s because of your mom’s dog & the emerald green background!). :-)


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