Caregiver Support

Families Are Wired To Erupt

In truth, families are officially  “complex systems” where seemingly minor changes can produce major consequences ar anytime and without warning.   What seemed like a good idea turns out to trigger an exhaustive meltdown.  Now what? Accepting this reality as an…

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Growing Up With Toxic Parents

This quote by Susan Forward from her book Toxic Parents captures the essence of the emotional wound toxic parenting inflicts on children.  Recovery as an adult takes layers of patience and compassion as well as the context of sustained “healthy…

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Perfect Gift for Caregivers of Aging Parents

Below is the complete set, all 20 cards of the Aging Parents Dance Cards deck. Together, they offer bite-sized portions of David Solie’s philosophy, insights, reframing strategies and work arounds that all help to reduce the complexity and uncertainty of…

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We All Knew They Would Get Older

I’ve attached the first five tracks of my audio CD to this blog.  I recorded this 10-track CD at the request of an attendee at one of my presentations.  She told me that in her hectic world of endless transactions…

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Off Label with Nursing Home Patients

This disturbing investigation by CNN of the off label use of a medication on nursing home patients reinforces the responsibility of caregivers to know the names, dosages and the “exact medical reason” for each medication the older family member is…

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How To Reduce Power Struggles With Aging Parents

How To Reduce Power Struggles With Aging Parents is a video slideshow I created to outline some of the underlying issues that complicate communication between adult children and their aging parents. In addition to providing new insights about their causes,…

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Scams That Threaten Seniors

I created this 3-minute video for caregivers based on a infographic I came across from LifeLock. While the information pertains to everyone, it is especially relevant to Seniors who are the most targeted population for scams. Thank you LifeLock for…

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Modified Caregiver Strain Index

The Modified Caregiver Strain Index (MCSI) is a self-administered 13-question, screening tool that measures the “strain” associated with caregiving.  It contains at least one item regarding financial, psychological, social and personal topics.  This tool can be used to assess individuals…

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