Caregiver Grief – A Practical Discussion

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Caregiver grief is real & it’s not just something you can “power through”.

The loved one you’re caring for is still around yet you feel their loss. Some think this is depression but it’s actually a form of caregiver grief. It’s commonly referred to as anticipatory grief and it’s very common when caring for someone with an incurable disease.

This kind of grief can hurt as much as what you feel when your loved one dies. Sometimes, it’s more. You can’t ignore what you’re feeling and hope it goes away. Allow yourself the time to process what you’re feeling and appreciate the time you have left.

In this episode, two caregivers talk to a grief counselor about their unique struggles and feelings. It’s a discussion about those feelings and how to move forward with them.  Each caregiver’s situation is different and so too are their emotions. It’s useful to bring in someone with training and experience to help us navigate our emotions.

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Raising An Aging Parent

How to Raise an Aging Parent

Raising an Aging Parent

At what point did we become the parent to our parents? For some of us, this transition happened slowly over time. Others have been thrust into the role because of a crisis. Regardless of how the role-reversal happened, it comes with a host of challenges we may not be ready for.

How could this transition be easier? By learning how to raise an aging parent! In his book, Dr. Ken Druck outlines the many ways we can improve our conversations to better help us live the second half of our lives.

The three cornerstones of Raising an Aging Parent are strengthening the bonds between adult children, children and, their aging parents. Forging collaborative relationships between siblings and establishing a new norm for the second half of life.

In Raising an Aging Parent readers will learn;

  • Steps for clearing the air & moving forward with siblings
  • How to support/help aging parents transform adversity (i.e. change loss & decline into opportunity
  • What to do when an aging parent resists change

Despite coming from a family of poor communicators and caring for a Mom who can’t communicate well anymore, I found this book very helpful. At some point, we need to learn to express our wishes to our families in a loving way. In turn, they need to learn to hear our hearts, not just our words. That is what I took away from this book. I’m confident that you will gain something useful too.

 

Estate Planning for the Sandwich Generation

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Alzheimer’s Trippin’ With George

Susan & George Straley of Alzheimer's Trippin' with George

When your spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s do you run for the hills or plan a cross country trip? Alzheimer’s Trippin’ with George.

Alzheimer’s Trippin’ with George, a novel.

When your spouse is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, do you run for the hills or plan a 10,000-mile trip? Thankfully, today’s guest planned the trip, blogged about it and turned her experiences into two books!

After caregiving for her Mom, Susan was ready for freedom.  When she married George, it was with the understanding if something serious happened to either of them, she was OUT! George was diagnosed with progressive dementia, likely Alzheimer’s just before their 40th anniversary. He asked her to stay until after that date. Naturally, Susan planned a cross country trip.

Susan has always been a wanderlust personality. Even at the tender age of three, she’d take off to “parts unknown”. Understandably, she caused her family a great deal of worry.

Alzheimer’s Trippin’ with George is a brutally honest journal. In it, Susan describes the challenges they faced after his diagnosis.  Many people along their journey encouraged this openness knowing it would help others.

Living with Alzheimer’s

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