— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. Called to Care Having served as a personal and professional caregiver, I understand the journey of caregiving from the inside out. I know that companioning others through the ups and downs of aging and illness is challenging….to say the least. However, I also believe that caring for another is a sacred journey if we are able to …

— Who is your family? Who can you count on at 3:00 a.m. to respond to your beck and call? And, who will you companion – without question – through the trials and tribulations of life? Your answers obviously depend on your age, your lifestyle (married, single, divorced, widowed, partnered, etc.), AND your relationship with critters – animals of all shapes and sizes! In our home, four-legged, furry critters are essential family members. So, critter care is an important aspect of …

— In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile app on both iPhone and Android. You can also find the podcast on TuneIn, which also has an iPhone and Android app as well. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile app on both iPhone and Android. You can also find the podcast on TuneIn, which also has an iPhone and Android app as well.

— By Cynthia Pasquale When Phyllis Watkins became a full-time caregiver for her 93-year-old mother, Marilyn, she thought it would be a short-term proposition. Doctors had said the cancer diagnosis meant Marilyn would live only a few months. So Watkins, a retired registered nurse, moved her mother from Oklahoma to a Lakewood condominium. Six months later, she moved in with Marilyn to provide 24-hour care for the ailing woman, who is nearly blind and susceptible to falls and broken bones. That …

— Today, let’s chat about how we learn to care—for others and for ourselves. Who serves as your role model for caregiving? Care receiving? What is your family legacy of care? What family or cultural patterns of caregiving are you repeating or rejecting? What legacy of care are you conveying to your family and friends? In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile app on both iPhone and Android. You …

— Please join us Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss the process of aging and learn how we can enhance the quality of life. Currently in the United States, both men and women are expected to live into their eighties. This represents an increase in life expectancy of thirty years over the past century. The increased longevity is due in part to advances in medical technology, improved hygiene, and development and availability of effective medications. Fabulous news, right? Perhaps. …

— As human beings, we will experience the highs and lows of life – and the transitions between the peaks and valleys are rough. It is during the stressful, difficult times that we realize the importance of resilience – the ability to “BOUNCE back” from adversity.  Resilience is not a trait. Rather, it is a process of adaptation. When life unfolds in unexpected or unwanted ways, we are better served to BEND (adapt) as opposed to being broken by life (resist). …

— Over the past twelve years, I have presented thousands of programs on various aspects of caregiving. I can’t discuss caregiving without addressing the issue of CHANGE. I always ask those in attendance if they welcome and enjoy CHANGE.  CHANGE. The word alone triggers anxiety, fear, and discomfort. People squirm in their seats. Look at me in disbelief. Groan loudly! Or laugh nervously. Obviously, CHANGE is not a pleasant experience for most us. However, CHANGE is an inherent part of life—certainly …

— Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

— Greetings one and all… Every month when writing the posting for the Caregiver’s Cairn, I am always amazed that another month has come and gone. Today is no different. In fact, the first month of 2017 seemed particularly fast paced. That is not totally unexpected. January is the month when I get my “ducks in row” professionally. Submit proposals. Schedule educational events. Finalize contracts. However, the pace seemed particularly swift (and stressful) this year due to unexpected and disturbing events. …