Caregivers With Hope Blog

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....

Protecting The Endangered Dignity of Caregivers

Many caregivers nobly work to protect the dignity of their loved ones. Yet, how many discussions occur regarding the dignity of caregiver? The dignity of a caregiver is worth preserving, yet is often trampled underfoot in the course of the caregiving journey.  A...

The Delta Doctrine for Caregivers

THE DELTA DOCTRINE One day, while flying to Atlanta on Delta Airlines, (Duh,Everything Leaves Through Atlanta), I discovered that flight attendants state the best advice for caregivers—all day long: “In the unlikely event of the loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks...

Jim Breuer talks Fathers, Caregiving, and Baseball

Saturday Night Live Alum, Jim Breuer, called the show for a special Father's Day episode. In our more than four years on the air, Jim's interview soared up to one of my all time favorites. Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over...

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....

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