Island Treasures: When Winning is Losing and Losing is Winning!

Alison van Schie

Island Treasures: When Winning is Losing and Losing is Winning!

Alison van Schie

Sustainable Caregiving CEO Theresa Wilbanks shares strategies she has identified through her caregiving journey for her father who is now 99 years old. Her insights include the importance of self-care, mindfulness, and setting boundaries. When she faces a new caregiving challenge, she explains how she is driven to find a solution--often through trial, error, and tears--and from the solution come the strategies that she willingly shares with other caregivers. Theresa talks about "when winning is losing" and "when losing is winning" and provides the word picture of taking off the battle armor. She reminds us of the importance to keep the overall objective of caregiving in mind and to view each obstacle as an opportunity.  Caregiving is hard, but she has information to help navigate the journey. Listen in to hear the fresh perspectives that Theresa shares, and learn about the “Jenga Tower”!

About Island Treasures

As caregivers tell their stories they will share encouragement and insights to the listeners who may be in the midst of their own caregiving journey. It is a source of wisdom and empowerment so caregivers do not feel they are alone.

About the Contributor

Alison van Schie lives in Canada and is a caregiver consultant. She works primarily with seniors and caregivers of loved ones who have dementia. Alison has a social work degree and worked as a social worker for over 25 years. The past five years, however, she found her niche working with seniors and quickly learned there was gap in resources and supports for caregivers, which led her to become a caregiver consultant and starting her own business, Alongside Caregiver Consulting.