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"How do I deal with the reality of leaving behind the life I had in order to become the primary caregiver to my parents?"
Many professionals, child-free life or with kids, never factor in that caring for loved ones would play any significant role in their career path. Like many in our generation, we never fully considered the potential need to care for our aging parents. Now, with aging parents who have lived through health episodes that once would have killed them, or a parent who has lived beyond an age ever thought possible only, are left with questions and often experiencing: Resentment. Burnout. Hard time staying connected. Stressful relationship. Job responsibilities redistributed. Juggling parents' needs with your company's and family. No energy to reinvent yourself as a former career maverick. It is clear. You need to move on.
Tandy Elisala MA, CPSC, ACH, CHt, TFT-Alg is Energy for Success' guest with host and life & relationship coach Debrah Mathis. Tandy is a Certified Professional Success Coach, Family Caregiver Coach and Author of the book, "Healing Through the Chaos: Practical Caregiving." In this episode, Tandy will share her personal experience as an unexpected caregiver for both parents simultaneously and tips for others taking care of loved ones and how to find some balance in your life during this transition. To learn more, go to www.tandyelisala.com.
Debrah Mathis is the Managing Principal/Chief Executive Officer of E2S Solutions Professional Coaching LLC in Dallas, Texas, a company that delivers bespoke developmental programs that helps you develop a personally effective style of leadership that positively influences and changes not only yourself, but also those with whom you work and interact, as well as your family and relationships as a whole. To work with Debrah, go to www.engagetosuccess.com.
Join us in welcoming author, Becky Lynn Smith as our guest. In her book Designing Your Ideal Life she talk about ways you can creat your blueprint for success and happiness. She will help us to learn the process of creating your happy life even while caregiving.
Six-time Author, Radio Show Host,and Caregiving expert, Denise M. Brown launched CareGiving.com in 1996; the website features the blogs of family caregivers, weekly words of comforts, free webinars, free weekly self-care plans and an active community. Denise’s books include: "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again."
Denise's insights about the family caregiver experience have been featured in Time magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Money magazine and Chicago Tribune as well as on NPR.org and SmartMoney.com. She served as a community peer reviewer for Pew Research Center's report, "Family Caregivers are Wired for Health," released in June 2013. Denise also recently presented about the family caregiver experience at “Our Aging Market,” an event sponsored by The Harvard Business School Association of Boston.
Join Dave, The Caregivers Caregiver Radio Program for this wonderful interview!
Click to listen after 3/11/15: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davenassaney/2015/03/11/caregiver-venting-resentment-guilt-stress-burnout-depression-promises
(AFTER SHOW TIME, RECORDED PODCAST CAN BE HEARD ANYTIME, 24/7 AT SAME LINK)
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, Wednesday, 4/1/15 at noon, PST, (AND AFTERWARDS ON RECORDED PODCAST) as he interviews Grammy & Emmy recipient, Janie Lidey, who has been a singer/songwriter since the age of twelve, and also a caregiver to her father who is suffering from ALS and Alzheimer's.
The link is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davenassaney/2015/04/01/how-the-effects-of-music-can-benefit-both-the-caregiver-the-care-receiver
Janie has been recognized for her excellence in music through winning an Emmy for her songwriting; a Grammy for the fine arts program she helped direct at East High School in Anchorage, Alaska; the Mayor’s Arts Award which recognizes excellence in music education; and, a spot on the George Lucas Edutopia website for her role in helping make the world a better place.
As a music teacher in the public schools of Alaska for over two decad...es, Janie Lidey taught students from over forty different cultures. Not only did she teach them to sing and play the guitar, she taught them to live their lives with passion, kindness, love, hope and gratitude. The most important lesson was to instill the belief in her students that they could do anything they dreamed or imagined.
As an artist, teacher, motivational speaker and now author, Janie is passionate about raising your vibration through the magic of a song. She released her first book and companion CD in 2013 called, The Magic of A Song and is excited to connect with people from all ages and walks and shine some love & light on their journey.
Hear her live, or listen to the recorded podcast AFTER THE LIVE SHOW, anytime, 24/7. Share this link with anyone you know who would benefit from this discussion.
...Things that we were NOT necessarily taught as a boy. Both men AND women will not want to miss this insightful interview with Doug Gertner, known as The Grateful Dad®. He is the father of a teenage boy, an educator, trainer, consultant, broadcaster, speaker, author, and activist. His goal in this interview is to examine and discuss men's issues and men's relationships with their care-receivers, peers, spouse and friends.
Join Dave, The Caregiver's Caregiver, as they discuss why it's so hard for men to be caregivers, and what they can do to becoame BETTER caregivers to their loved ones using gratitude, while understanding the root causes of the source of their difficulties that really started from their childhood.
Here is the link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davenassaney/2015/03/18/what-makes-a-great-male-caregiver-compassion-empathy-sensitivity-gratitude to hear the broadcast live, and then the podcast afterwards, anytime, 24/7. Share this link with anyone you know who would benefit from this discussion, especially male caregivers.
Caregiving can be a difficult job, full of trials, but more often those challenges bring joy. Being a male caregiver is a unique job that not many men sign up to do.
Today join Conversations In Care in this great discussion with Author Rick Lauber and the Founder of Alzheimer's Music Fest, Vince Zangaro, as they share their stories of caregiving. Get the male perspective and hear their wonderful stories of love and caregiving.
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, as he interviews this very entertaining guest, known as "Doc, The Defender of Caregivers," (Lon Kieffer), this Wednesday at noon, PST at (213) 943 3630, or the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/davenassaney/2015/02/25/transform-your-caregiver-heart-from-self-destruct-to-emotional-logical-balance
They will discuss some caregiver bad habits that often gets them into unnecessary stressful situations, such as:
1. All-or-nothing thinking
3. Mental filter
4. Disqualifying the positive
5. Jumping to conclusions
6. Mind reading
7. The Fortune Teller Error
8. Magnification (Catastrophizing) or Minimization
9. Emotional reasoning
10. Should statements
11. Labeling and mislabeling
You won't want to miss this very informative and inspirational, as well as entertaining interview!
Motivational Speaker, Author, & EnterTrainer, Lon Kieffer has been featured at National, Regional and Statewide conferences in more than 35 states, and regularly speaks at "Caregiver" forums across the country in addition to performing his one-man, Comedic/Dramatic Play "Defending the Caregiver!" in small venues such as ALF's, CCRC's, and local theaters. With 30 years experience as a Leader in the Caregiver Culture, coupled with his experience as a former professional stand-up comedian, Lon will discuss the internal problems with typical caregiver thinking that allows them to fall into poor health, while making costly decisions on their self-care.
Judy Augino, caregiver to her husband who had severe diabetes and kidney failure talks about her experiences with caregiving, burnout and the grief process, along with her sister, Suzy Golden, who offers emotional support to her disabled husband due to severe and constant hip and thigh pain from a fall.
Join Dave Nassaney, The Caregiver's Caregiver, author of numerous articles and books, speaker, life coach, and radio talk-show host for caregivers who are burned out, but his most important role is being a caregiver to his lovely wife, Charlene. His latest book that he is now working on is entitled: The Caregiver's Caregiver, A Guide to Avoiding Burnout. It is designed to teach caregivers who are taking care of their loved ones (due to an illness or disability) how to take care of themselves FIRST. If they don't learn this, they will likely suffer burnout and become as helpless as the person they are caring for. Tune in every Wednesday at noon, PST, (Re-Broadcast Saturdays at 3:30pm PST) for interviews with experts in the caregiving field, as they discuss topics of great interest to caregivers, which will help them avoid burnout. www.DaveTheCaregiversCaregiver.com
In the early 1980’s, I was caring for my 2 children (both under two years old, & in cloth diapers!) and life was absolutely eating me alive! I had the responsibilities of wife, mother, homemaker and I was endeavoring to run a substantial home-based business. I found that although my business was EXPLODING, my home life was IMPLODING! What WAS I thinking?
By late afternoon, when I needed to be preparing dinner, I’d find myself collapsed in my kitchen from low blood sugar, surrounded by my little ones without a CLUE about what I could assemble for dinner. There would be pasta, but no sauce, meat frozen solid and no side dishes in my pantry. My house felt a mess. Laundry was piled high and the floors were so sticky I feared walking through the kitchen!
I decided to create some shortcuts. I created a system for more than just surviving my life. Pretty soon I was actually thriving, and my friends noticed. By popular demand, I began teaching local workshop groups. The Butler family encouraged me to publish my system. The first edition was published in September of 1988, a second printing followed in January 1997 and a third edition in 2006.
Prompted to share my systems and techniques, I have now become the SMARTcut® Expert. I am passionate about helping way past busy entrepreneurs especially Caregivers, who are struggling with the juggling. I hope my work will give you the time and energy to reach more of your personal dreams, serve your family, church and community in ways that really make a difference.
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On today's show we will talk about caring for the caregiver. In Part 1 (on March 2) we talked about the basics of nutrition and ways to incease the feel good chemicals in our body with food. Eating well and balancing your blood sugar is essential for reducing stress, feeling well and keeping the stress hormone (cortisol) low. Today, we are going to go beyond the basics of nutrition and get into the mind-body connection and the power of our thoughts. You can choose to take care of you even if you have others to care for.
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