Category Archives: Caregiving

No, Caring For Your Parents Is Not “Parenting”

Caring for an aging parent is often referred to as a role reversal when the parent becomes the child and the adult child becomes the parent. It’s an understandable analogy; adult children are often called on to help their parents with activities of daily living like bathing, dressing and feeding. If a parent has cognitive […]

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8 Tips for Caring for Someone with Incontinence

This is sponsored content written by me in partnership with Depend® brand. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lookout for a special offer from Depend brand at the end of this post.  “A hidden condition that is secreted by many and often feared due to loss of independence and quality of life.” This is […]

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Despite the Stress, Caregiving ‘Very Meaningful’

In the Working Daughter community, we talk about how two different things can be true at the same time. Like when a sibling finally steps up and helps out with caregiving but… struggles with it. We may be grateful for the support, but also gratified that they are finally experiencing our daily challenges.  Or, we […]

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6 Reasons To Practice Self-Care

Yeah, yeah, we know. The term self-care has become almost as trite as the term “girl boss.” Self-care is used to describe everything from getting a mammogram to spoiling ourselves with a  trip to Sephora.  So what exactly is self-care? In Psych Central, self-care is defined as, “any activity that we do deliberately in order […]

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Review: In-Home Medication Manager from Hero

One of the first stressors I felt as a working daughter was helping my mother manage her 14 different medications. For a long time she managed her own medication, sorting her pills into one of those plastic pill organizers she bought at CVS. Over time, managing her own medication became overwhelming and she wanted help. […]

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Working Daughter

Family caregivers cycle through so many different feelings in a day. Don’t add an extra loop to their emotional roller coaster – make sure you know the 10 things you should never say to a working daughter.  1. I don’t know how you do it. Neither do I. And you know what? If I stop to […]

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How to Initiate Difficult Conversations with Your Aging Parents

Initiating certain conversations with our aging parents can be intimidating. Whether the topic is  giving up driving, moving to a senior living community, accepting more help, or adhering to doctor’s orders, just thinking about broaching the topic can make us want to bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich. But when it comes […]

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Britney Spears Latest Celeb to Pause Work For a Parent

Singer Britney Spears today announced that she is taking an indefinite work hiatus and will not perform her new show so she can focus on her family. Her father is recuperating from a serious illness. At 66 James Spears is hardly elderly. Still, Spears announcement is the latest in a string of celebrities publicly discussing […]

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Kathy Griffin Shares Mother Has Dementia in Heartfelt Twitter Thread

In a series of raw and moving tweets, comedienne Kathy Griffin yesterday shared the news that her mother Maggie Griffin has dementia. The two starred together on the reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Griffin said September was the last time, “I was able to have a proper/coherent conversation with her.” Talking […]

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5 Things To Do in January if You Are Caring for an Aging Parent

We love January. It’s the do-over month. A time to get the proverbial house in order. And if you are caring for an aging parent, the literal house too.  January is a great time to assess your parent’s situation and set them, and you, up for success in 2019. Here are 5 things to do […]

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If This Holiday Is a First: 5 Steps for Coping

Let’s be honest. The holidays can be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. Food, family and festivities are supposed to be fun but often just feel like added stress in your already busy life. And if you are experiencing a “first,” the holidays are that much more challenging – the first holiday with your […]

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How to Talk to Family Members That Aren’t Contributing to the Work

This is a sponsored post from Freedom Care in New York. When it comes to caring for our aging parents and family members, the responsibility usually falls to one person. It’s not because others don’t want to help, but there is usually one person in the family, often the oldest sibling, who feels the need […]

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