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Aging Parents Dance Cards 17-20

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver | Comments Off on Aging Parents Dance Cards 17-20

Aging Parents Dance Cards 17-20

Whether heading to their home, the hospital or the telephone, Aging Parents Dance Cards offer adult children access to good caregiving ideas when they’re needed most.

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Aging Parents Dance Cards 9-16

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver, Siblings | Comments Off on Aging Parents Dance Cards 9-16

Aging Parents Dance Cards 9-16

Below are the titles and graphics for Aging Parents Dance Cards 9-16. Whether heading to their home, the hospital or the telephone, Aging Parents Dance Cards offer adult children access to good caregiving ideas when they’re needed most. Sets of all twenty cards will be available in January 2017 at www.davidsolie.com.

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Aging Parents Dance Cards 1-8

Posted by on Dec 3, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver, Siblings | Comments Off on Aging Parents Dance Cards 1-8

Aging Parents Dance Cards 1-8

Below are the titles and graphics for Aging Parents Dance Cards 1-8. They are designed to rebalance thinking and responses to the frustrations, confusion and guilt that so quickly arises in communication between generations.

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Aging Parents Dance Cards

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 in Advisors, Aging Parents, Caregiver | Comments Off on Aging Parents Dance Cards

Aging Parents Dance Cards

Introducing “Aging Parents Dance Cards,” which were created for adult children of aging parents. The photos below are from the front and back side of one of the cards in the twenty-card set entitled “Reset Expectations.”

Each card offers a bite size coaching moment designed to help sustain caregivers caught up in a world of competing obligations, increasing complexity and inconvenient timing.

Their goal is to offer concise, timely insights for decoding, reframing and navigating tasks or problems common to caregiving. As such, they help reduce conflict with aging parents by providing clear and effective strategies that promote more dancing and less wrestling.

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The Dementia Game Is About You

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Aging Parents, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiver | Comments Off on The Dementia Game Is About You

The Dementia Game Is About You

This intriguing game based on navigation and memory skills is part of a massive study on dementia. The study’s goal is to create a baseline for the “normal” decline of navigation and memory skills with aging to serve as a screening reference to identify abnormal declines as a marker of dementia.

So far, 2.4 million users have downloaded and played the game, which monitors and analyzes the responses.

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The Heart of Caregiver’s Resilience

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver, Poetry | Comments Off on The Heart of Caregiver’s Resilience

The Heart of Caregiver’s Resilience

Caregiver’s resilience is a mind set that guides action, an oath to meet failure and keep going, to rise above the unfairness of it all.

The last stanza of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem “A Psalm of Life” is an anthem to this resilience we so admire in all those who step up to do this work day after day:

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The Secrets of Aging Parents

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver | Comments Off on The Secrets of Aging Parents

The Secrets of Aging Parents

Adult children are frustrated by their aging parent’s unwillingness to share important information about their plans, health or finances. The withholding weakens the caregiving partnership and sets everyone up for poor outcomes. So why are they so secretive at the worse possible time?

Some people believe it is generational where personal information is held more closely to the social vest. Maybe, but I believe there is more going on here, deeper currents reflecting a need for control in world of fading choices. At their core secrets share the same power as the blunt “no” without comment.

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We All Else Fails, Ride Motorcycles…

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver | Comments Off on We All Else Fails, Ride Motorcycles…

I have shared this deeply moving, three minute video with audiences throughout the United States and Canada. No matter how many times I’ve watched it, I am always inspired by the love and courage of these older adults who insisted on defining life on their own terms amid losses and heartache…

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The Rise Of Dilemmas

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Aging Parents, Caregiver | Comments Off on The Rise Of Dilemmas

The Rise Of Dilemmas

The landscape of old age is populated with dilemmas, which represent a new and confusing layer of complexity. Here’s why. Dilemmas are not complicated problems. They are rightfully in a class by themselves. Caregivers need to understand and appreciate this crucial distinction that impacts all aspects of their partnership with an aging parent.

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Complimentary Mind Map Book

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in Advisors, Aging Parents, Alzheimer's Disease, Caregiver | Comments Off on Complimentary Mind Map Book

Complimentary Mind Map Book

Complimentary copies of Caregiver Mind Maps can be downloaded here.

They are a collection of ten mind maps created for anyone working on the front lines of caregiving for older adults. Their simplicity and efficiency prove ideal for the caregiver world of competing obligations, increasing complexity, and inconvenient timing.

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