Caregiver Mind Maps

The Aging Parent Master Medication List

There are no short cuts to being prepared in the world of aging parents. Medications are a prime example.  Nothing short of a Master Medication List is useful. This type of list includes the two names of the medication (brand…

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Caregiver’s Context: The Big Picture

Sometimes the big picture helps makes sense of what we are experiencing. This is certainly true for caregivers of aging parents who feel overwhelmed and exhausted from the complexity and uncertainty of their work. The Caregiver’s Context Mind Map offers…

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Before Something Happens

The car looms large in our aging parent’s lives but at some point it’s too much. The “No Longer Safe To Drive” mind map helps adult children figure out the tipping point of when to intervene as well as provides…

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Healthcare Team Mind Map

Since healthcare in the United States is a specialist-driven system, aging parents wind up with provider teams. Overall, this is a good thing, but it creates two persistent challenges: 1. Keeping an accurate roster of providers, what they do, and…

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Exhausted Caregivers

Back in July of this year, I posted an article about exhausted caregivers due to decision fatigue. A reader asked me compress the article into a mind map. Here is the PDF version Here is the original article…

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Transition Assets: The Boomers Arriving At 70

“We neither get better or worse as we get older, but more like ourselves” ……Robert Anthony Beginning in 2016, the boomers will be landing on the shore of seventy something. While turning 70 is still officially classified as “young-old,” there…

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Rethinking Solo Caregiving For A Spouse

Solo caregiving for a spouse takes a toll on both parties. What starts out as act of compassion and loyalty can deteriorate into a role that exceeds the best efforts of one person. Unfortunately, the stress of day to day…

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Transitional Care Mind Map

Moving an aging parent back home from institutional care is complicated and stressful. For a successful transition, families need a better way to understand the scope, moving parts, and planning steps. This integrative big picture allows them to assess their…

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Caregiver Decision Fatigue

Caring for aging parents brings with it a new kind of exhaustion called decision fatigue. While its cause has a number of contributing factors, two in particular stand out as primary sources: • Sustained engagement with dilemmas • Decision volatility…

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