Category Archives: Caregiving

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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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The 6 Types of People Every Working Daughter Should Have on Her Team

I believe caregiving should be a team sport, but too often we go it alone. Caregivers often report feeling isolated and lonely with too few options to turn to for help. It shouldn’t be that way! Smart working daughters build a team to support them. Here are the 6 types of people every working daughter […]

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Checklist: Hospital Discharge

Smart caregivers know that the time to develop a hospital the discharge plan is the minute your parent is admitted. Otherwise you can find yourself scrambling to make post-hospital arrangements. Here’s our guide of what to do when your elderly parent is discharged from the hospital.

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Caregivers Are Part of the Team

Hello medical professional. Do you see me me over here in the corner in the not too comfortable chair? I’m the one who drove your patient to the hospital today. I’m the one who took time off from work and will be working late tonight as a result.  I’m the one who will sit here […]

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When You Suck At Accepting Help

I’ve long said that the six most annoying words anyone can say to a caregiver are, “You need to take care of yourself.” Why? Because, no sh*t. You don’t think we know that? You don’t think we are acutely aware that we can’t go down because there are people depending on us, and, well, because […]

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Manage Your Expectations; Manage Your Stress

My Dad always used to say, “Hope for the best, but expect (and prep for) the worst.” I think about those words a lot as a caregiver. On the one hand, I am really trying to be mindful of the vibes I put into the universe, and so I feel like I should only focus […]

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