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You Can’t Play A Piano With Clenched Fists

Caregivers and Resentment Resentment seems to be a regular companion for caregivers.  It comes in flash points when we feel presumed upon, undervalued, and unappreciated. That resentment, however, cripples us as caregivers far more than it negatively affects others....

Caregiving Doesn’t Have To Mean Solitary Confinement

We caregivers tend to hurl ourselves recklessly at caring for a vulnerable loved one—and assume the entire burden of their well-being on our shoulders alone. Even as I wrote that statement, I had to let it sink into my own heart. This isn’t theory to me—it is everyday...

Jeff Foxworthy Calls The Show

Superstar comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, called the show to celebrate our 200th episode.  Sharing his own journey as a caregiver, he also voiced his support for fellow caregivers and affirmed his love of our show.  Jeff also took some time to poignantly share moments when...

Caregivers Often Fight the Worst, But We Don’t Have to Fear It

Fight What's Closest Rather Than Fear The Future For more than twenty-five years, my wife, Gracie, has been an amputee. Over the years, the subject of “phantom-limb pain” found itself in many conversations. Amputees can often feel the pain of a limb that is not there....

Caregiving Can Result In Identity Theft

Caregivers Rediscovering Their Identity A friend’s wife suffered through a rough couple of years with cancer, and he served as her sole caregiver. Meeting up with him one day, I asked, “How are you doing?” He quickly replied, “Well, we’re doing okay. She just got home...

Sadie’s Pearls: A mom’s wisdom spanning two lifetimes.

Wisdom from the Greatest Generation Today's family's cries out for the quiet wisdom that often comes from sitting at the kitchen table with a trusted friend and/or family member.  For a special Mother's Day interview on the show, such a friend arrived. Tina Serpico,...

Fighting Caregiver Weight Gain

Caregivers and Excessive Weight Gain Each of us know that excessive weight gain harms our bodies and leads to all types of physical and emotional challenges. When you see someone who has rapidly put on weight, or is thirty, fifty, or a hundred pounds overweight— well,...

The Isolation of Caregivers

Alone, Adrift, Lost—the frightening world of a caregiver. In  a  recent  article  in  the Washington Post, the reporter discussed a British survey of retired individuals and the impact of social engagement or isolation on their lifespan. But people who were members of...

Comedian Jeff Allen Calls The Show

Jeff Allen gets serious about the challenges of caregivers. While recognized as one of the best comedians in America, Jeff Allen also understands the path of a caregiver.  Calling my radio show for caregivers to discuss his experience, Jeff also discussed lessons...

Exclusive Videos at the Piano

Long before becoming a caregiver, I started playing the piano.  Starting at age five, I taught myself to play, and then began taking lessons at age ten.  In college, I majored in music and have  a degree in composition and arranging, piano principle.  I love playing....

Don’t Sidle Up To Someone With Dementia

Show Guest Shares Tips for Caregivers and Dementia Patients Sheila Welch called the show to share about a recent Caregiver conference at Due West United Methodist Church (DWUMC) in Marietta, GA. The Coordinator of DWUMC Caregivers' Ministry and a  Family Support Group...

The Book

Discussing the launch of HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER

The Doctor Will See YOU Now!

Caregivers' Health Care Reform Statistics show that 72% of family caregivers don’t see our own doctor! There are 65+ million of us caring for the sickest in our country. Do the math, and “Houston …we have a problem!”  ...

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