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Video Chat: What’s Your Greatest Caregiving Challenge?

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Tami (@tneumann), who cares for her son, joined me to discuss this question: What’s your greatest caregiving challenge? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in our comments section, below. Related Articles Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers? (caregiving.com) Friday Chat: Paid Family Leave Overview (caregiving.com) In Six Words, What’s Your Greatest Caregiving Challenge? (caregiving.com) Video Chat: Must We Suffer? (caregiving.com) Video Chat: Taking Caregiving Public (caregiving.com) Friday Video Chat: ... 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 »

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 »

Virtual Caregiving Conference Presentation: Finding Peace and Joy

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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. Holly Eburne, who cares for her husband, will open our conference at 1 p.m. ET (Noon CT, 10 a.m. PT) with a presentation entitled, “Finding Joy and Peace Along the Caregiving Journey.” You know Holly from our monthly discussions on Your Caregiving Journey. With ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Reflecting, Two Years After a Diagnosis

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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. Tami Neumann will reflect on the first two years after diagnosis. When her son was diagnosed at the age of 12 with Type 1 Diabetes, their world turned upside down. Knowing what she knows now, she’ll reflects on what would have helped her to ... Read More »

Give a CARE Talk

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I love to watch TED talks, videos which feature “ideas worth spreading”. Which made me think: Why couldn’t we do something similar? Let’s give CARE Talks, videos which feature insights worth sharing. A CARE Talk can be about any of these categories: Caring and Connecting Answers and Advocacy Reflection and Results Experience and Emotions These categories mean whatever they mean to you. What do you know, what did you learn, what do you see that ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Five Tips for Calm

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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. I’ll present a session on how to stay calm. Each day, you’ll face situations which could put you into a panic. If you panic, though, you could make a snap decision or jump to the wrong conclusion. You also may miss important information which ... Read More »

Video Chat: Caring for Stoic

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EllysGranddaughter (@ccforsure) joined me for a Friday video chat. EG (as we affectionately call her) talks about caring for her grandmother, who she describes as being stoic, stubborn and private. How do you provide care to an individual who resists care? Related Articles Video Chat: Taking Caregiving Public (caregiving.com) Vidoe Chat: Caregiving Then and Now (caregiving.com) Video Chat: Caring for Grandparents (caregiving.com) Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers? (caregiving.com) Friday Video Chat: ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Organizing Medical Paperwork

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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. @jbones1961 will present a session about the binder system she developed to track of all the papers relating to her daughter’s medical issues. She’ll show us how she organizes her system as well as her medical notebook that she keeps with her. About Jane: ... Read More »

Video Chat: Logging Your Caregiving Day

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Raj Mehta joined me to discuss the daily log we’d love for all of you to complete. We’re joined by family caregivers who already completed the log in our test phase. About our Panelists: Rajiv Mehta’s work focuses on empowering people to better understand and manage their family’s health. He consults on family-caregiver innovation, is founder of Unfrazzle, a board member of the Family Caregiver Alliance, and co-organizer of Quantified Self. He studied at Princeton, Stanford ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Traveling with Your Caree

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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. @G-J and @Trish will co-present a session to help you plan and take trips with your caree. Traveling can be a challenge as can caregiving. Put them together and it can border on a nightmare! Together, Trish and G-J will share what they have ... Read More »

Story-Telling Sunday: February 16

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Join us for Story-Telling Sunday on February 16 at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. PT). Listen as these family caregivers each tell us a seven-minute story: Heather Slutzky, who cared for her first husband and is a long-distance caregiver for her father. Heather is in independent healthcare writer in northeast Georgia.  Her most heartfelt work is helping navigate the initial culture shock when people enter the healthcare system.  The educational needs of ... Read More »

Video Chat: Finding the Love With Your Financial Counterpart

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You provide the day-to-day care and make the decisions regarding treatment and care. Your brother manages the money, overseeing the budget and paying the bills. How do you ensure you both work together so that your caree receives quality care? On Friday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT), Daniel P. Felix joins me to discuss how to work with your caree’s trustee, property power holder or other financial fiduciary. Dan ... Read More »

Virtual Caregiving Conference: Create Your Emergency Plan

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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. During her presentation at our Virtual Caregiving Conference, Laura George (aka @roaringmouse) will help you prepare an emergency plan to keep you and your caree safe during any kind of disaster or emergency. Your plan will help you ensure your caree receives the care ... Read More »

Friday Video Chat: Re-Entering the Workforce

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What’s it like to look for a job during a caregiving experience and after a career as a stay-at-home mom? On Friday, our video chat will focus on @G-J, who cares for her husband, and her job search. We’ll be joined by Harriet Di Cerbo, a life coach who will offer tips and suggestions to help G-J. To watch our discussion, just come back here on Friday, February 7, at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. ... Read More »

Friday Chat: Paid Family Leave Overview

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In this Friday Video Chat, I discuss of paid family leave with Matthew Cain, Online Campaigner, Caring Across Generations. Matthew has run email advocacy and fundraising campaigns for nonprofits, candidates and elected officials. He coordinated an online campaign that collected tens of thousands of petition signatures and ultimately led to the passage of New York City’s paid sick leave law in 2013. According to National Partnership for Women and Children, a national paid leave program ... Read More »

Save the Date: Virtual Caregiving Conference on March 30

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Our Virtual Caregiving Conference Is Sponsored By For almost two years, I’ve been talking with some of our members (@trish @kreisler @g-j @jbones1961 and @thpurplejacket) about organizing a caregiving conference. Each year, in our Annual Family Caregiver survey, you say that you want a caregiving conference in your community. We love the idea of hosting a conference but how to do it so we reach as many family caregivers as possible? I’m participating in a ... Read More »

Caregivers Create Video Circle: Jan. 24

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We gather today for a video chat as we also create. Think of it as a live knitting circle broadcast on your computer screen. Bring your knitting, crocheting, beads, quilting, woodworking, scrapbooking, coloring and painting to our video chat. We’ll talk and work out our worries and challenges through what we create. To join our Caregivers Create Video Circle, just come back here at 4 p.m. ET (3 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. PT). You can ... Read More »

Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers?

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Our Friday video chat happens at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT) on January 24. Cali Williams Yost, author of TWEAK IT: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, joins me to discuss this question: Could a “caregiving tract” help working family caregivers? Would a “caregiving tract” be a way for family caregivers to stay in the workforce, maintain their skills and professional relationships while having more flexibility to manage caregiving responsibilities? ... Read More »

Story-Telling Sundays: Jan. 19

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Our Story Telling Hour returns with two stories–one from myself and one from @thpuplejacket (Chris). Related Articles Video Chat: Family Caregivers Talk Career and Caregiving (caregiving.com) Video Chat: When It Comes to Caregiving, Does Gender Matter? (caregiving.com) Friday Video Chat: What If Employers Offered a Caregiving Leave? (caregiving.com) Read More »

Video Chat: When It Comes to Caregiving, Does Gender Matter?

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Our Friday video chat happens tomorrow (January 17) at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT). I’ll be joined by @zkidookreativ (Martyn) and @kreisler (Richard) to discuss this question: When it comes to caregiving, does gender matter? (Editor’s Note: Richard will keep us posted on whether or not he can join our discussion; his mom is currently in the hospital.) To watch our discussion, just come back here on January 17 at 3 p.m. ... Read More »

Video Chat: Family Caregivers Talk Career and Caregiving

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On Friday, January 10, four family caregivers will join me to talk about juggling their career and their caregiving responsibilities. To watch our discussion, which takes place at 3 p.m. ET (2 p.m. CT, Noon PT), just come back here. Joining me will be: –Chris, who works for a social service agency and cares for his partner. Chris blogs on CareGiving.com and on his website, The Purple Jacket. Follow Chris on Twitter: @TheBowTieGuy –Heather, a ... Read More »