Category Archives: Articles

A Day In The Life of a Caregiver: Rena McDaniel

In honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month, we’ve asked some special guests to tell us about 24 hours in their life as a working daughter. Today’s post from Rena McDaniel, blogger at The Diary of An Alzheimer’s Caregiver, is third in our series. When I first agreed to write this post I thought I’d write about a so-called “normal” […]

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Asking for Help: Overcoming Common Barriers and Obstacles

Recently I was talking to a group of working daughters and the conversation, perhaps inevitably, turned to siblings who don’t pull their fair share, or help out at all. “Sounds like we should talk about how to ask for and get the help we need,” I said. Two of the women looked at me, puzzled. […]

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A Day In the Life Of A Caregiver: Elizabeth Miller

This is the second post in our Day In the Life of a Caregiver Series. Today’s post is from Elizabeth Miller, creator of the Happy Healthy Caregiver site and podcast. To set the scene, I recorded this day in the life on a weekday in July of 2015. I had been the primary caregiver for my […]

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A Day In The Life of a Caregiver: Colleen Kavanaugh

In honor of National Family Caregiver’s Month, we’ve asked some special guests to tell us about 24 hours in their life as a working daughter. Today’s post is from Colleen Kavanaugh, host of the podcast, The After Life: Stories of Transformation After Loss. 8:30 a.m. Having gotten my 10-year old son on the bus for his day at […]

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Don’t Forget the Caregiver!

This National Family Caregiver’s Month, our friends at Seniorlink have produced the most beautiful video featuring the amazing Pam Montana reminding people to “remember the caregivers. “You can watch it below. And for more on Pam Montana, you can follow her incredible journey here. Also, check out my guest blog post on the Seniorlink site, “Why […]

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The 24/7 Self-Care Kit for Caregivers

For the last three years, I slept with my iPhone under my pillow. If I was out somewhere with my kids and my battery was low, I battled with two teens for use of the back-up charger. In meetings, I kept my cell phone on the conference room table – a violation of company norms. […]

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Daughterhood Helps On The Job Too

Last week, The Boston Globe interviewed five working mothers about, “how motherhood has helped them on the job,” as part of its Women & Power package. How I wish they would also highlight how daughterhood helps on the job too. The mothers featured in the article credited motherhood with on-the-job purpose, delegation skills, self-respect, open-mindedness, and […]

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19 Things Only Working Daughters Understand

The life of a working daughter, a women balancing eldercare and career, isn’t easy. And many of us are also raising children at the same time. We’re not sure how we do it, but we get it done. Here are 19 truths about life as a working daughter that only a fellow caregiver will understand.   […]

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What My Father and His Dementia Taught Me

This summer we buried my father. Like most humans, he was complex. He had good qualities and bad. He was quiet and reserved but he was also a master storyteller. He was a homebody and a loner, but he loved his big family. By knowing him and accepting him, I got comfortable with gray areas – […]

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Find Your B-Side

We all tell ourselves stories. Whether we are aware of this or not, each of us creates a narrative about our own lives. And these stories we tell ourselves matter. They really matter. Our stories can have massive impact on how we perceive ourselves and the world. This is certainly true for caregivers. When we become aware […]

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NYT Commenter Spot-On About Caregivers

A recent article in The New York Times about motherhood yielded a spot-on observation about eldercare and daughterhood. After author Karen Rinaldi wrote about whether or not motherhood is a sacrifice or a privilege, a woman named Janice Nelson, commented, “…women do sacrifice the most when caregiving is needed. I am not talking raising children like this article alludes […]

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