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Does Your Dog Read Your Blog? My Dog Ate My Housework

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I know that I always tell other caregivers to take breaks during the day. I don’t always follow my own advice. My husband, kids and some neighbors tell me to get out more, I don’t always have to be doing something for Mom, the kids or the house. I feel like I do. Apparently my American Pit Bull Terrier, Rusty, agrees with my family and friends. He has come up with preventative measures to keep ... Read More »

After Caregiving: Settling Your Caree’s Estate

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Last week, Ellen Rogin, our wealthness expert, joined me for our monthly chat on Your Caregiving Journey. This time, Ellen shared her experience closing out her mom’s estate. You can listen to our show via the player below. During our show, Ellen spoke about how time consuming the process of settling the estate was. She gave tips about what you can expect and offered a perspective to help as you manage the experience. Have you ... Read More »

Grandma’s Last Scripture

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As many of you know, I care for my 85-year-old mom, Grace. She suffers from dementia. Grace also cared for her mother, Ruth, who died thirteen years ago at the age of 94. My mom suffered a stroke while my grandmother was in hospice. The stress on me during that time was great. When I was little, Grandma Ruth had an unusual way of punishing me. She was a church-going woman and to punish me ... Read More »

Today, The New York Times Features Karen’s Story

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The New York Times continues to tell the story of life after caregiving. Yesterday, the New Old Age blog told the story of @Sharon and Darren. Today, the website tells Karen’s story of caring for her mom and her brother. @Karen continues to help as a volunteer on Caregiving.com. She’s a community manager for two of our online support groups, including our group for those who care for parents. You can read her blog about ... Read More »

We’re in The New York Times Today

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In January, Judith Graham, a reporter for The New York Times, contacted me for an article she was writing about life after caregiving ends. I connected her with two members of Caregiving.com: Sharon (@sharon) and Darren (@gcdsw2020). Judith features their stories in today’s article. Sharon joined Caregiving.com in 2008 and become one of the site’s very first bloggers; you can read her blog about caring for her husband, here. After her husband’s death, she joined ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Kristin’s Next Chapter

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On Monday morning, Kristin joined me on Your Caregiving Journey for a check-in before she moves to Mexico. You can listen to our show via the player below. As you know, Kristin blogged about caring for Mary, a family friend. Mary died this summer, which meant that Kristin faced decisions about her own future. Earlier this month, Kristin joined me to share about her decision to move to Mexico. (You can listen to last month’s ... Read More »

Recharging the Batteries, Bit by Bit

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Since my Dad’s death I’ve taken a deliberately lower profile across all social and electronic media. A combination of grief, depression and simple emotional exhaustion made it prudent to do so. I’ve pulled up and scanned Caregiving.com from time to time, been deeply touched by so many of your posts, but simply didn’t have the emotional reserves to provide a cogent answer. Most I could do was quietly pray for you. Life has remained busy ... Read More »

Catching Up with Kristin

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Yesterday, Kristin, who blogged about caring for Mary until Mary’s death on July 31, joined me on Your Caregiving Journey. I asked Kristin to join me to share about her life after caregiving. You can listen to our show via the player below. Kristin joined us in February 2011. She became our first CareGifters recipient in April of 2011. I love having Kristin on the show because she shares so openly about her experiences. (I’ve ... Read More »

Is Grieving Acknowledged?

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This morning, on Your Caregiving Journey, Anna Stookey joined me for a discussion about grieving and depression. We discussed this question currently being debated by health care professionals: Should the definition of depression including grieving? You can listen to our show via the player below. (And, the inspiration for our show was this New York Times article, “Grief Could Join List of Disorders.”) Our conversation about the relationship between grief and depression morphed into a ... Read More »

A Life Line: By Then, I’ll Be Too Old

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In caregiving, time can seem to pass too slowly. Until you think about time as it relates to your life. And, then you may worry: “I’ve lost my life in caregiving; I’ll be too old to achieve what I want.” In this Life Line, I offer a perspective on “too old.”   Updates Our Caregiving Summer School, Session II, starts next week! Our classes will help you understand where you’ve been so you can plan ... Read More »

What Do You Know Now?

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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 ... Read More »

The Shifting Gears of Grief

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This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Anna Stookey joined me to talk about grief, during and after caregiving. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of the post. Anna shared an interesting insight about grief: It’s our shift that happens when we see a change in our world. Think about the moment you heard that your caree had just suffered a stroke. Or, the day you learned of your caree’s ... Read More »

You’ll Be Okay

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Earlier this month, we launched our You’ll Be Okay campaign. We’re asking former family caregivers (Godspeed Caregivers) to share their stories with today’s family caregivers. The message of each video is simple: You’ll be okay. Today, we’re featuring a video from Sharon Clark. Read More »

You’ll Be Okay

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Earlier this month, we launched our You’ll Be Okay campaign. We’re asking former family caregivers (Godspeed Caregivers) to share their stories with today’s family caregivers. The message of each video is simple: You’ll be okay. Today, we’re featuring a video from John Mills. Read More »

You’ll Be Okay

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Earlier this week, we launched our You’ll Be Okay campaign. We’re asking former family caregivers (Godspeed Caregivers) to share their stories with today’s family caregivers. The message of each video is simple: You’ll be okay. Today, we’re featuring a video from Jane Meier Hamilton. Read More »

You’ll Be Okay: Godspeed Caregivers Comfort Today’s Family Caregivers

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In September, a very smart man named Dan Savage started a campaign called “It Gets Better.” Savage wanted to show young gay and lesbian individuals that life will get better for them. Through the project, gays and lesbians create videos to tell the young generation that it does better, that they will be okay. What a great idea, I thought, I think I’ll borrow it. So, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month (November), I’m ... Read More »

Happy Saturday!

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Donna Webb joined us today on Table Talk; you can listen to our discussion via the player below. Toward the end of our discussion, I asked Donna, who’s mom died August 16: Knowing what you know now, what would tell the Donna you were three years ago? Her answer: Be tenacious in finding help. So, today be tenacious in finding help and accepting happiness in your day. Tell us how you’ll be happy. And, tell ... Read More »

A Business Life After a Caregiving Life

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This afternoon, Cindy Laverty, a former family caregiver for her former father-in-law, joined us to talk about life after caregiving. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of the post. Cindy’s caregiving journey lasted 5 1/2 years and began at her former father-in-law’s request. Will you help manage my affairs, he asked her, after I have open heart surgery? She did. And, what was just initially bill paying became everything ... Read More »

Language

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When you find yourself in caregiving, you may feel like you’ve moved to another country. You just don’t speak or understand this language. And, then caregiving ends. Overnight, you wake up in yet another country. It all looks different. It all sounds different. It’s another new language. It’s just awful. When you wake up in a new country, how do you manage? Manage by keeping the familiar—those who support and love you; that which brings ... Read More »

Vacation Talk

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This morning on Your Caregiving Journey, Ellen Rogin, our wealthness expert, joined us to discuss her recent volunteer vacation to Ghana. You can listen to our show via the player at the bottom of this post. A few nuggets from our discussion: –For our Caregiving Happiness Project, consider replacing using your credit card with using your cash. –Look for ways to connect with others in your community by sharing a smile or a greeting. –A ... Read More »

10 Steps to a Successful Caregiving Experience

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Image by *SΛM via Flickr Because it can be so overwhelming, it can be hard to imagine life without it, without caregiving. But, caregiving is a finite experience. And, when it ends, you may find yourself coping in a new world with a new perspective. Life will look different after caregiving. You can prepare today for tomorrow; we’ve got some tips to help: 1. Get help—and receive help in whatever form it arrives. 2. Keep ... Read More »