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Contest: Share Your Bad Weather Tips

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Caregiving can be stressful when the weather’s good. When the weather turns bad, caregiving can feel like its own disaster. I’d love for you to share your tips on how you manage before and during a bad weather event, like the blizzard heading toward the East Coast. Share your tips in our Bad Weather Tips section, which is part of our newest forum, Family Caregiver Wisdom. When you add your tip, you’ll be entered into ...

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Recap of Support Group Meeting: Emergency Preparedness and Special Needs

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Before Denise’s video chat on Friday she asked me how our local PH support group meeting was the night before. We chatted about this for a few minutes and I told her that I write a recap after every meeting on the group’s Facebook page which I manage. She asked me at this point if I would also do a blog and copy it here which I was happy to do so this is the ...

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Update of 01/08/14

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Wednesday: Happy New Year’s! Dialysis today. Plus I had cares for my friend when Mom was at dialysis. We also had turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes today. Thursday: We stayed in today for a day to rest after the holidays. I did set Mom’s pills up for the week. Friday: Chiropractor, dialysis, pharmacy, and laundry today. When we got up regular temp was -11 and wind chill was -23. Predicted to be wind chills of ...

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Back to…

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It’s back to school time! If you are raising a child, they have either started school or will be returning to school very soon. With the start of the school year comes excitement, anxiety, new clothes, new school supplies, the outlay of a lot of money, and a busier schedule. If you’re also a family caregiver, you may be wondering how you will juggle everything. You might be an experienced family caregiver who has been ...

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The Juggling Caregiver

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Announcer’s Voice: Ladies and gentlemen! Today we bring you one of the most daring feats known to mankind.  We have with us a woman, measuring in at 5’ 1 1/2” who is going to try to dazzle you with her juggling, and not just any juggling! She is going to try to juggle two men! Yes, you heard that right! Previously, she has attempted juggling two men and a boy with less than impressive results, ...

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Beginning the Transition to More Help

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A colleague recently asked me to lunch. “I want to pick your brain about my parents,” she said. I knew some of her parents’ history–they lived in a rural area on the East Coast. My friend lived in Chicago; her siblings, on the West Coast. I also knew her parents had been resisting help. I knew we were going to talk about how to get her parents to accept more help. And, we did. Her ...

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Long-Distance Caregiving: Tips for the Check-In Call

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You live in New York City; your mom lives in Florida. You talk regularly. But, after each phone conversation, you wonder: How do I really know that all is okay? Sometimes, caring conversations can be about the big issues (money, moving, a change in care needs) and sometimes it’s about the little things, like how the day goes for your caree who lives a distance away. Caring conversations about the little things can help you ...

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Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

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On Saturday, RoaringMouse joined me for Table Talk on Your Caregiving Journey. You can listen to our show via the player below. RoaringMouse shared her perspective on life after caregiving. Her husband, Greg, died July 1. She explained that she manages her life now much as she did during caregiving. Her philosophy, Lead, Follow or Get Out of The Way, means she keeps moving forward. During our discussion, we spoke about the difference between advocating ...

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Storm Stories: Managing Sandy

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Caregiving in good weather is challenging enough. Add in bad weather, like a hurricane or a blizzard, and you can feel like a disaster waits outside your door. Feel free to keep us posted on how you’re preparing for the hurricane and blizzard in our comments section below. Let us know how you’re preparing and how you plan to ride it all out. Resources Getting Help to Your Caree When Bad Weather Gets in the ...

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When Work and Caregiving Call on the Same Line

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On Saturday, Trish joined me for Table Talk on Your Caregiving Journey. Trish, who cares for her brother and works as a legal administrator, joins me monthly to talk about issues facing working family caregivers. You can listen to Saturday’s show via the player below. During our show, we talked about the importance of communication so that colleagues and managers understand that caregiving could call you away unexpectedly. It can be intimidating to share an ...

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