— Today, I want to chat about a philosophy and model of health care that offers tremendous hope to patients and families confronted by the daunting challenges of chronic and/or terminal illness‚ÄĒpalliative care‚ÄĒan unfamiliar term for most folks. But you‚Äôve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word ‚Äúhospice‚ÄĚ may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care‚ÄĒis frightening to most …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources. ¬†The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. The Relevance of Ritual Is ritual relevant in the 21st century? Is ritual really worth the bother? In order to answer these questions, we need a basic understanding of the Whys and Hows of conducting ritual‚ÄĒparticularly end-of-life ritual. The purpose of ritual is timeless‚ÄĒthe integration of the mind, body, and spirit during times that defy explication. Through …

— Today I want to chat about goals of care‚ÄĒthe guide posts in the journey of caregiving that inform important decisions. Our goals of care serve as a much needed compass when navigating the challenges posed by advanced age or a serious illness. So pull up a chair. Grab a drink‚Ķ..Let‚Äôs chat for a bit! 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 …

— Have you ever considered where you will age? Or, perhaps a more appropriate question is‚ÄĒWhere ARE you aging? And, is your current home conducive to the aging process? Well, depending on your age and lived experience, you may or may not have considered these questions before. Regardless, these are important questions which have a direct bearing on not only where you will age‚Ķ.but how well you will age. In the¬†iTunes Podcast store¬†for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the¬†Google …

— 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‚Äôs chat about how we learn to care‚ÄĒfor 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 …

— 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 ‚ÄúBOUNCE back‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôt 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‚ÄĒcertainly …