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Are You on Facebook?

Are you on Facebook? That’s like asking have you ever tried water. Well we are and we’d love for you to join us there to continue the discussion about working daughters. Join the Working Daughter private Facebook group and meet other women balancing caregiving and career. Tell us your challenges, vent, share your best advice, or just […]

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Working Daughter Interview: Cathy Sikorski

Cathy Sikorski has been a significant caregiver for the last 25 years for seven different family members and friends. A published humorist, Sikorski is also a practicing attorney who specializes in Elder Law. . Her latest endeavor is her humorous memoir Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver (HumorOutcasts Press 2015). Where and […]

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Caregiver Guilt During the Holidays

If life were like flying, in the event of a change in pressure, an oxygen mask would automatically appear in front of you. But alas, here on the ground we need to remember to reach for our own oxygen masks when life is overwhelming. Pressure absolutely changes during the holidays. Our already busy lives get busier with shopping, cooking, cleaning, wrapping, entertaining and […]

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5 Must-Read Books For Family Caregivers

Family caregivers, providing assistance to an elderly or sick family member or friend, often feel isolated and unsupported. The books on this list will make you laugh, cry and sometimes cringe. And they will remind you that you are not alone. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande Perhaps the most […]

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Stuffed Animals Can Comfort the Elderly

When my mother moved into assisted living after my father was hospitalized, my niece gave her a stuffed llama. Llamas were her favorite animal. She named the llama Cupcake and took it with her when she moved into a hospice home two months later. Cupcake stayed by my mother’s side for the rest of her […]

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Barb Heffner

The Working Daughter Interview: Barb Heffner

Barb Heffner is a communications consultant and a long-distance caregiver who balances her life with volunteer work. Where and when do you feel most competent? ​I’m not sure this is the same thing as competence; it’s possibly more about when I feel satisfaction. But it’s whenever I am successful in raising funds or making a […]

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Retirement Resolutions for 2016

A recent survey from Regions Bank in conjunction with Vanderbilt University found women are less confident than men in handling their finances. Survey respondents were asked to rate their financial acumen on a seven-point scale where 1 was “not at all confident” and 7 was “very confident.” Men rated their confidence as 6.20 overall, while […]

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Caregiver News Roundup Dec. 6, 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of caregiver related stories and news from around the web. The Columbus Dispatch points out that almost a quarter of the adults who take care of older people  are between the ages of 18 and 34. Caregiving is not a Boomer-only concern. Healthcare Journal has a great piece on […]

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5 Workplace Policies That Make Life Easier for Family Caregivers

What makes a good work environment for working daughters and sons? Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother magazine, shared the five workplace policies that make life easier for new parents with Mashable and it got me thinking, what are the best workplace policies that make life easier for family caregivers? Here are my recommendations – […]

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What to Say to Someone Who is Dying

A woman I know recently posted on Facebook that her friend had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a very short time to live. “I am going to visit her tomorrow. What do I say?” the woman asked. What do you say to someone who is dying? Most doctors and hospice workers will tell you there […]

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The Working Daughter Interview: Chris MacLellan

No, Chris MacLellan is not a working daughter, but he is the face of caregiving. And as he tells us, “There are no orientation or gender boundaries in Caregiving.”  Chris is “The Bow Tie Guy,” author of the book What’s The Deal with Caregiving, host of the Healing Ties radio show, founder of the company The Whole Care Network, and […]

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Is the Second Anniversary More Difficult?

My house is torn apart right now. A two-month construction project is well into month five. I’ve been furious about the whole situation but maybe it’s a blessing. I couldn’t host Thanksgiving. I can’t reach the Christmas decorations. There are two large pieces of furniture blocking the door to the closet where they are stored. Our elf […]

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