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So You Think It’s Time for Assisted Living

  5 Tips for Starting “the Conversation” Several of you have told me you are heading into Thanksgiving weekend planning to have “the talk” with elderly relatives about their living situations. It’s become apparent to you that your parent or relative living alone isn’t a good scenario. You’re worried about isolation, falls, navigating the stairs, driving, […]

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Caregiver News Roundup Nov. 22, 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of caregiver related stories and news from around the web. From Elle: Taking Care of a Parent is the Ultimate Test of Adulthood A personal essay about coming of age as an adult caregiver. From Wicked Local Concord: Holidays bring opportunity to review elder care Great list of “red flags” […]

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It’s Not You, It’s Them: 4 Strategies for Family Caregivers

Pamela Wilson, author of the new book, The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes  sent us some tips for maintaining “balanced emotions while caregiving.” I can’t keep my emotions balanced on a perfect day, never mind while caregiving, but I’m always open to advice. Overall, she cautions caregivers not to take caregiving personally. Great […]

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Join Our Twitter Chat TONIGHT 11/17

TONIGHT on Twitter we’re talking about how to balance caring for aging parents with career, kids and life. Please join us as we discuss how to get flexibility at work, how to prepare for a crisis, ways to practice self care. Follow me @hello_ladies and use #workingdaughter. I’ll be giving away some of my favorite […]

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The Working Daughter Interview: Phyllis Myung

Phyllis Myung is a freelance communications and social media consultant and a blogger at Napkin Hoarder. Phyllis is learning to prioritize self care, but still struggles with caregiver guilt. Where and when do you feel most competent? Probably at church – the expectation is not to be perfect, so I feel like I can stand […]

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Dear Caregiver, What You’re Feeling Is Normal

Dear Caregiver, I want you to know that what you’re feeling is normal. It’s normal to feel like caregiving is a burden, not a blessing. It’s normal to want this all to be over. It’s normal for hating yourself for feeling that way. It’s normal to enjoy aspects of your parent’s age and illness – […]

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In Fact I Do Want to Build a Snowman

As a working mother, I get it; last winter was almost our undoing. My Facebook feed was full of friends clinging to sanity like a snowflake clings to an eyelash. These women were done. Done with the shoveling. Done with the cabin fever. Done with arts and crafts and glitter and glue guns. Done with the hats and mittens […]

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Book Review: Being Mortal a Must-Read for Caregivers

A nurse practitioner who works with the elderly told me Being Mortal by Atul Gawande is, “perhaps the most important book of our times,” and I agree. Gawande, a surgeon at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a bestselling author, gives us an unflinching look at illness and death and suggests a better path forward […]

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10 Questions to Ask A Senior Living Referral Agency

Perhaps you’ve wanted to approach your parents and talk to them about moving to senior living. The house is too much for them to manage, or the staircase is getting long and steep. They are isolated and you’re too far away to support them. But before you broach what could be a difficult conversation, you […]

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I’m An Adult Now

When did you first know you were an adult? SheKnows asked me that question and I answered here. It had nothing to do with mothering and everything to do with daughtering. What was your aha moment?

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Caregiving is a Gift

Caregiving is a gift. I hear it all the time. “What a gift it is to care for the people who cared for you.” “How wonderful to be able to give back. What a gift.” “How rewarding. What a gift.” These platitudes are usually uttered by two types of people: those who have never been […]

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6 Apps for Family Caregivers

Busy caregivers need to be as productive as possible. Luckily, more and more app developers are creating tools that make it easier for us to multitask from waiting rooms, monitor our parents’ health and meds, communicate with doctors and siblings, and ask for the help we so desperately need. Here’s our review of six popular apps for family […]

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