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Video Chat: Life After Caregiving Ends

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Chris (@thpurplejacket), who cared for his partner, joined me to share about his life since Richard’s death in March. Related Articles Friday Chat: A “Caregiving Tract” for Working Family Caregivers? (caregiving.com) Friday Video Chat: What If Employers Offered a Caregiving Leave? (caregiving.com) Video Chat: What’s Your Greatest Caregiving Challenge? (caregiving.com) Friday Chat: Paid Family Leave Overview (caregiving.com) Video Chat: Taking Caregiving Public (caregiving.com) Video Chat Friday: Working and Caregiving (caregiving.com) Video Chat: Must We Suffer? ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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