Posts Tagged ‘success’

A Tony Award Winner Shares His Story

Two caregivers walk into a room.  They may not have met previously, but, they absolutely know each other.  They talk the same language, share the same emotions and understand deep down what it’s like going through the myriad of emotions that arise during their care journey. Ron Simons is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time…

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Bath Time in Dementia Land

Does this sound familiar? “Dad, it’s time take a shower.” “No.” “Come on, really? You haven’t washed in over two weeks.” “Not true. I took a bath yesterday.” (He didn’t, he only thinks he did.) “How was it?” “Wet and cold.” “I’ll make sure the water is nice and warm. I’ll even put the towels…

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Everyone Has A Story – You Just Need To Know What To Ask!

This week on my podcast “On The Frontlines of Caregiving,” I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Joan Berger Bachman, a NCC18 Presenter and coauthor with her mom of a terrific book titled: If Only You Would Ask: A Guide to Spending Quality Time with the Elderly.  As a teenager, Joan recalls her mother’s advice: “When you are in a…

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Podcast: What If We Changed Our Definition of Success?

Welcome to our first podcast in a new monthly series about family caregivers as change leaders. Each month, we’ll answer this question: So what do we want to change? This month, my co-host, Lisa B Capp, take a closer look at this question: What if we changed our definition of success? About Lisa B Capp…

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A Family Caregiver’s Footprint (and Hand, Too)

I moved into an apartment in mid-January; the apartment is about five minutes from where I lived and a quick 10-minute drive to my parents’ apartment. Before signing the lease, I met the landlord to view the apartment. As he opened the door to the apartment, I noticed a large pink sign on the apartment…

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Wow, What a Month!

I am a family caregiver. That is how I identify in this world now. I do not see myself any differently than the millions of other family caregivers. Every job I have had in my life, wife, mother, working woman, I always gave each all my attention and tried to do the very best job…

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NCC17: Get Fit and Win a Trip to Chicago

Last month, I wrote about my goal of losing 20 pounds before our Second Annual National Caregiving Conference happens November 10 and 11 in Chicago. I invited you to join in my quest to lose and shared that we want to show off our weight loss in a Our Loss Is Our Gain Fashion Show…

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A Caregiving Comfort: Birthday

I turned 54 yesterday. On Monday, a fellow swimmer at the community pool said to me, “You are a good swimmer.” I was so shocked that I blubbered about something until finally saying, “Okay, see you next time.” And, then I floated out of the locker room to my car. I am a good swimmer.…

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A Show of Solidarity at Safeway

I took Grandma grocery shopping today. She couldn’t decide whether to go to Walmart or Safeway. As she sat ruminating, I contributed my (admittedly unasked for) opinion — that Safeway is just more civilized. Which it is, far more than Walmart. Maybe, somewhere, is a town where Walmart is an oasis of calm and civility,…

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In Six Words, What Can You Accomplish in an Hour?

We hear the caregiving day described in its number of hours — a popular book calls it in “The 36-Hour Day.” One of our members (@parkscoleman, who cared for his wife) often speaks of the 25th hour during the day when you have a few moments to yourself. Because the day is so long, you…

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