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Denise hopes her blog feels like a warm hug, a hopeful smile and a gentle nudge.

Now Available: After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again

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About 15 years ago, I sat in a Chicago restaurant with a friend who had written a book for family caregivers. Her publisher had asked her to brainstorm ideas for her next book so she asked me for suggestions. I offered this one: Why not write a book to help adjust to life after caregiving ends? As soon as those words left my lips, I thought: Ohhhhhh… I just gave her a great idea that ... Read More »

Call for Research Participants: Family Caregivers of Older Adults Living Independently

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I received an email yesterday Seamus Palmer, research director and owner of EXPRESS Research. He’s looking for participants for a current research project. If you qualify, you’ll participate in a two-hour interview and receive a $300 honorarium. To qualify, you must meet for the following criteria: You care for an adult caregiver for a senior family member or friend who lives independently (i.e. does not have a professional home caregiver or live in an assisted ... Read More »

New: Canadian Groups

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On Tuesday, @jeff sent me a tweet suggesting that I add a section for family caregivers who live in Canada. Oh, my. I have no idea why I didn’t think of that. We have a few members from Canada (@oscargal @jeff and @dkridingshotgun) and have room for as many more who would like to join us. So, I’ve added groups for our Canadian members, one general group (Canada) and one for each of the provinces. ... Read More »

Video Chat: What’s Your Greatest Caregiving Challenge?

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Our Friday video chat returns tomorrow! Tami (@tneumann), who cares for her son, joins me tomorrow to discuss this question: What’s your greatest caregiving challenge? Our chat takes place at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT). To watch our discussion, just come back to this page on April 18 at 3 p.m. ET. Related Articles Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers? (caregiving.com) Friday Chat: Paid Family Leave Overview (caregiving.com) In ... Read More »

Caregiving Garage Sale is May 10 and 11

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What’s in your caregiving closet that you no longer use? No longer need? Do you wonder what in the world to do with those books, CDs, supplies, equipment, gadgets? Sell them in a Caregiving Garage Sale! We’re holding garage sale on CareGiving.com on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. In order to sell your goodies in our sale, you’ll want to place a free listing in our Caregiving Directory by May 10. Be sure ... Read More »

Bob Makes His Television Debut

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Bob (@bobmarcotte) made his television debut yesterday!! He appeared on a local television station to promote an upcoming conference for cancer survivors and family caregivers. He’ll speak at the conference and, based on his comments during yesterday’s appearance, he will be awesome!! If you live near Fresno, Calif., register to attend the free conference, Cancer Survivorship Conference on May 2. Related Articles Podcast: Table Talk with Bob (caregiving.com) Tell Us: Has Caregiving Cost You Your ... Read More »

Chris Shares His Story in SunSentinel

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Chris (@thpurplejacket) shared his story during the last months he cared for his partner (“TLO”) with a reporter and photographer for SunSentinel newspaper. The story appears today in the newspaper’s print edition and is also available online: In Sickness and in Health: A Couple’s Final Journey. I visited Chris in Florida this past week and attended TLO’s memorial service on Wednesday. I said a few words at the memorial service but couldn’t quite figure out ... Read More »

Vote CareGiving.com the Best Caregiver Website

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Every year, SeniorHomes.com features a contest called Best Senior Living Awards contest. We have nominations in three categories: Best caregiver website, best caregiver newsletter and social media rock star. If you like CareGiving.com and enjoy following me on Twitter, please feel free to vote for us; voting ends April 28. Vote for CareGiving.com for the best caregiver website. Vote vote for our newsletter (“Spotlight on Caregiving”) for best caregiver newsletter. Vote for me for a ... Read More »

Because You Care, Wear Green Today

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I continue to think more about the loneliness and isolation that can be common when you care for a family member or friend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow spot another family caregiver in the crowd? So, let’s try it. Today, wear green to bring awareness to the family caregiver experience. Use your green as a conversation starter. If you see a colleague or stranger or co-worker wearing green on April 11, strike ... Read More »

Please Reset Your Password

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Last night, we learned of a vulnerability the can compromise the safety of a website. I pay for a service to monitor the safety of our website. This vulnerability does not affect us. Just to be on the safe side, I’ve sent a request for CareGiving.com members to reset your CareGiving.com account password. The message may look a little goofy to you (it was automatically generated) but it’s legit. It’s always a good idea to ... Read More »

Health Care Happens in the Family; Let’s Tally Your Caregiving Years

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We think of the health care system as compromising hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors, rehabilitation services. Sure, these are part of the health care system. Health care, though, happens in the family. Hospitals, outpatient facilities, doctors and rehab services provide once-in-awhile care. Family members, like you, provide all-the-time care, day and night, day after day. You change wounds, dispense medications, monitor health, provide activities, prepare special meals, keep health care professionals up-to-date, research options, advocate for ... Read More »

Temporary

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During a stressful, overwhelming, awful time, you can feel like the difficult days will be permanent. Your fate is sealed in cement. Every day will be as trying and frustrating as this day. Stress is terrible for many reasons but especially because it lies to you. It lulls you into believing in its permanence. You’ll never feel better. It will never get better. You’re doomed. The truth is all that bad days are temporary. Sure, ... Read More »

Available: Virtual Caregiving Conference Archive

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Thanks so much to all who made today’s Virtual Caregiving Conference such a success!! We had a few glitches (such as our chat crashing which caused a few other problems) but technology problems couldn’t stop the wonderful information and inspirations shared. Thanks so much to our presenters: Holly, @roaringmouse, @jbones1961, @tneumann, @g-j, @trish @kreisler, Robert and @pamthorson. I do believe Robert stole the show. I learned so much from each presentation. And, I just love ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Janet McCaskill

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m proud to feature the story of Janet McCaskill, who cares for her husband, Al, who has permanent brain damage due to a subdural bleed. He is presently bed-bound, 75% fed with a feeding tube and incontinent. Since 1992, Janet has been manager of Cheer East, a cheer and dance supply company. ... Read More »

A Miracle: CareGiving.com Will Continue (Phew!!)

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The sun came up today. I just finalized a deal to be acquired by an exciting health care company focused on creating a new incentive platform for family caregivers. With this acquisition, we stay together as a community, I have a job (a paycheck!!!) and we all have access to a team working to create new ways to support and help you. Initially, you won’t see any changes. We’ll keep you posted about any changes ... Read More »

Update: I Am Staying in Business (Phew!)

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(Update: We got acquired!! And, that means we stay together as a community. Thanks so much for everyone for all your help and support to make this happen.) Unfortunately, I have run out of money. I actually ran out of money about three years ago and have been hanging on by my fingernails since then. On March 3, I went into negative territory (I’m overdrawn in both my business and personal checking accounts) with more ... Read More »

Because You Care, Wear Green on April 11

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I continue to think more about the loneliness and isolation that can be common when you care for a family member or friend. Wouldn’t it be great if you could somehow spot another family caregiver in the crowd? So, let’s try it. On Friday, April 11, wear green to bring awareness to the family caregiver experience. Use your green as a conversation starter. If you see a colleague or stranger or co-worker wearing green on ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Michelle Kuehn

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m happy to introduce you to Michelle Kuehn, a licensed professional counselor who cares for her mom. Michelle is part of the “sandwich generation”; she and her husband also raise their two young children. Michelle’s mom moved in with her family in 2008. “It was a struggle to figure out how we ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference Presentation: Applying the Principle of Triage

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By We’re organizing our sessions for our Virtual Caregiving Conference, which will take place on March 30. Every week, I’ll share information about a session. Pam Thorson, who cares for her son, will share a principle she learned as a nurse which she applies in caring for her son. She’ll discuss the principle of “triage,” used in emergency medicine, in my duties as a caregiver. About Pam: Pam Thorson is ... Read More »

Why We Must Solve a Family Caregiver’s Greatest Challenge: Loneliness

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(This post is part of the #Blog4Care blog carnival hosted by Caring Across Generations. By sharing our caregiving stories, we hope we can create solutions to the care crisis affecting millions of Americans. ) This week, I asked family caregivers to describe caregiving loneliness in six words. Their answers: We’re always together…yet always apart. ~ A fan from our Facebook fan page I feel very isolated. ~ A fan from our Facebook fan page All ... Read More »

Meet a Working Family Caregiver: Lisa Howard

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(Editor’s Note: As part of our Hire a Family Caregiver campaign, I’ll introduce you to working family caregivers on a regular basis.) Today, I’m delighted to introduce you to Lisa Howard. Lisa is single and works for Customs and Border Protection. She drives from her home to her parents every day and spends every weekend with them. “I am blessed to have my parents. So although it’s tiring, I just don’t take the time to ... Read More »

Thank You! We Sent $653.61 to Casandra

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On March 9, we began our latest initiative through our CareGifters program–to send $500 to Casandra, who cares for her husband, so she can pay her bills. On March 10, I was able to send Casandra $485.20. This morning, I sent another $168.41. In total, we raised $653.61. Thank you all so much for your generosity. Since I launched our CareGifters program in 2011 in order to help family caregivers in need, we’ve helped 12 ... Read More »