Ep 26 of the Empowered Family Caregiver podcast with guest, Lynette Whiteman. Join us as we chat about:
Her caregiving journey and professional life. Lynette shares THE biggest thing you need to do when you first become a caregiver & how to get the help you need. She also uncovers the biggest things to remember when you're feeling guilty. During the "Take 5 With Tandy Round", hear Lynette's advice to reduce caregiver stress, how she found her best during what seemed like her worst, what she is grateful for and her advice for keeping hope alive.
Lynette Whiteman wears 2 hats. She is the Executive Director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey and also the caregiver for her mother who has dementia and lives with her. She began her career as a Physician Assistant and has a Masters in Geriatric Medicine. As Executive Director, she oversees a nonprofit agency which is dedicated to providing free support to older adults and caregivers who strive to remain independent. Through a vast network of volunteers, their programs include medical transportation, grocery shopping, friendly visits, calls and an Alzheimer's Respite Care Program. Lynette is also the founder of Caregiver Canines - a therapy dog program that provides free visits to the homebound and those with dementia for tail-wagging joy. Her caregiving journey began as her parents aged and her dad gave up driving. After her dad's passing in Nov. 2011, her mother became unable to manage day-to-day life and she moved into Lynette's home. Lynette is the host of the podcast “On the Frontlines of Caregiving” and is a contributing blogger for Caregiving.com.
Check out our interview highlights HERE and learn more about Lynette and where to find her across the web.