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The ‘In’ and ‘On’ of Family Caregiving

During a board meeting I recently attended for a young company, the two talented founders were discussing an interesting management observation. They described the difficulties that arise when leaders focus on working "IN" the business and lose sight of working "ON" the business. When you're focused on working IN the business, you're working your tail [...]

By | February 26th, 2015|Caregiving|0 Comments

Count Your Lucky Stars

I have been receiving emails and calls from family caregivers asking about all the recent stories they are seeing about happiness. To summarize their comments, there is a feeling that if attaining happiness, even intermittently, sounds so damn easy, then why are they having so much trouble being happy? Fair question, especially if you consider what [...]

By | January 30th, 2015|Caregiving|0 Comments

Taking Charge of You

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." When I first read this quote, I wrote it off as no more than a nice message that belonged in a Hallmark card. But when I came across it again a week or so later, I started to think [...]

By | December 29th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Better Expectations

Expectancy is a funny thing. It seems the more you focus on a specific outcome, the more attainable that outcome becomes. And nowhere is this mentality more important than it is with regards to improving the quality of life of family caregivers. I once took a high-performance driving course (don't ask me why). The instructor [...]

By | October 29th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Your Excuse or Your Story

During the recent NBA Draft, I heard a story that caught my attention and I wanted to share it with you. Today, a lot of what we hear about professional basketball players focuses on their larger-than-life egos and their even larger paychecks. Amidst all this media hoopla, it's easy to forget about the little kid [...]

By | August 18th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Timeout or Burnout

For many family caregivers, the word burnout has negative connotations... but for all the wrong reasons! When I speak with family caregivers, especially in support groups, they often equate burnout with failure. Never mind the ramifications that burning out can have on a caregiver's health and well-being; it's often interpreted as a sign of weakness, [...]

By | June 5th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

Am I a Health Advocate?

You are! And as a family caregiver it might just be your most important role. This past December, I was speaking to a large group of family caregivers when I asked them if they knew any heath advocates. Initially there was confusion over what an advocate was and then, later, caregivers expressed serious trepidation about [...]

By | February 26th, 2014|Caregiving|0 Comments

The Myth of the Caregiver Superhero

When I was a little kid, I thought my dad was Superman. He built homes for a living, so I always saw him in a very physical role, in control of situations, and able to handle whatever came his way. He was, without a doubt, the protector of our family. It wasn't until I became [...]

By | December 26th, 2013|Caregiving|0 Comments

Is Multitasking Actually a Myth?

When you're a family caregiver, your list of to-dos probably feels endless: doctor appointments, meting out medications, prepping meals, shopping, scheduling home visits, not to mention caring for your own family, working, and, oh, trying to carve out a few minutes of peace and quiet... and that's just Monday. In order to tackle the exhaustive [...]

By | November 11th, 2013|Caregiving|0 Comments

Get Up and Go for Brain Fitness

Last week, I was having dinner with several buddies. As usual when we get together, we had a great time catching up. We talked about everything you'd expect from a bunch of middle-age guys: jobs, golf games and lament for our struggling New York Yankees. Put aside your cheers for a second, though. Another topic [...]

By | September 4th, 2013|Caregiving|0 Comments