How to Resolve Your Emotional Baggage with your Elderly Parent

  Don’t you hate lugging your suite case around the airport? By the time you drag it on to the plane, stuff it in an overhead bin and find your seat, you’re exhausted. Now, imagine dragging your emotional baggage in to your role as caregiver for your elderly parent. By the time you unpack past […]

Gain the Confidence You Need to Have That Difficult Conversation With Your Elderly Parent

Does the thought of having a tough conversation, with your elderly parent, keep you up at night? If you’re an adult child of an elderly parent, chances are you’ll eventually need to have “the talk” with them, about a sensitive topic. These conversations are anything but easy and often times we avoid them. I find […]

Caregiving an Elderly Parent? What to do When You Feel Burned out!

FREE Caregiver Burnout Self-Assessment Worksheet

      Caregiver burnout is typically defined as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. It is a physical and/or emotional collapse brought on by chronic stress. Burnout typically occurs when caregivers don’t get the help they need or when they attempt to do more than they are capable of. Basically, caregiver burnout […]

Simple Ideas for Caregiver Self-care!

Self-care is not selfish and unkind, it's love and compassion in action...

Caregivers (professional and family) struggle with self-care even though we all know that self-care makes for a better caregiver experience. I’m always a little embarrassed when I preach to a caregiver about self-care only to be met with eyes that say “you’ve got to be kidding”. Between the day to day care tasks of caring […]

Are You Struggling to Care for an Elderly Parent? Don’t Give Up!

Dear Brave Caregiver, There’s a HUGE learning curve when it comes to caring for elderly parents. All of a sudden, you’re thrust in to multiple roles; nurse, activities coordinator, nutritionist, social worker, taxi driver, housekeeper. You NO WAY feel prepared for these roles! Then it happens… That moment you realize you forgot to call your […]

What To Do When Your Elderly Parent Clings to You!

One of the more frustrating dynamics in caregiving and helping an elderly parent is the older adult that clings to you. Despite your best efforts to create some space between the two of you, they find ways to guilt you in to doing more than is necessary. You become frustrated and resentful of the demands […]

20 Questions Every Caregiver Should Ask Themselves Today!

I’m always amazed at the sacrifices caregivers make for their elderly parents. To witness it day in and day out and to be able to help those caregivers is something I’m truly grateful for. All too often, I find my family caregivers (usually daughters) so concerned about their elderly mom or dad that they have […]

Are You a Caregiver Dealing with a Narcissistic Elderly Parent? 7 Ways to Survive!

Do you cringe every time the phone rings for fear it’s your elderly parent? Does your elderly parent refuse to accept the fact they need help; despite the evidence piling up around them? Worse yet, do they create unrealistic expectations that send you on a guilt trip, when you “let them down”. If so, you […]

10 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season With Your Elderly Parent!

Do you struggle with your elderly parent during the holidays? There are plenty of ways to ensure you have a calm and peaceful season with your mom or dad, that don’t include pharmacutical interventions (for you or them). This eight week stretch between Thanksgiving and New Years is the most stressful time of the year […]

Are You a Caregiver Worried About Finances? 6 Ways to Ease Your Burden!

Caring for an elderly parent can take a financial toll on baby boomers and put your own retirement at risk.  If you’ve retired early or quit a job to care for your elderly parent you may be starting to feel the financial pinch. Your savings account starts to dwindle and you worry about the future […]