In “The Caregiver Community", hosted by Jane Everson and Frances Hall, we are holding conversations about the challenges and joys of caring for our aging parents and for ourselves. Jane and Frances talk about the “graying of America’ and “the silver tsunami” and how our nation’s changing demographics are impacting families, adult child caregivers, and businesses. We also talk about our our personal experiences as adult child caregivers - what we need to know in order to be balanced and informed caregivers, what we are learning from our journey with our parents about aging and about ourselves, and advice we wish someone had told us when we began our journeys. If you are juggling the needs of spouses, children, step-children, pets, work, volunteer activities with the needs of parents and in-laws, this show is for you!
Downsizing Dilemmas: When Stuff is in the Way
In this episode of The Caregiver Community, we discuss “Downsizing Dilemmas: When Stuff is in the Way”— how family members may lovingly and respectfully help an aging loved one create a safer environment in their home or help them downsize, move, and/or de-clutter, even when there are lots of possessions with which to deal. Bridget Donnelly, founder of Donnelly’s Estate Liquidation & Appraisal Services in State College, PA, talks with Frances Hall, Founder & Executive Director of ACAPcommunity, and Alexis Richmond, a gerontology major at Winston-Salem State University (NC) and ACAP intern to share insights and practical tips gained and honed since 2007.
Thank you to our sponsor for this episode Pace @ Home in Hickory, NC
Medication Management with Susan Young
This episode of The Caregiver Community offers important information and insights into the “how to’s” of managing medications, whether it’s helping an older loved one or for yourself. In this conversation, listeners will learn what it means to “manage medications,” reasons medication management is important, ways to ensure medication safety, and strategies for helping encourage a loved one to take their meds, even when not inclined to do so.
Family Dynamics with Alyssa Szymanski Botte
Family dynamics are built on decades of history between parents and children as well as between siblings. Care for an aging parent sometimes prompts unresolved family issues to the surface. While taking care of mom and dad is a wonderful idea, collaborative caregiving can be a minefield of implicit and explicit expectations, assumptions, and history within the family. This podcast will help listeners explore ways to establish a more balanced family unit and learn strategies for strengthening the family as they care for aging parents and other aging loved ones.
Technology for Seniors with January Brown
This episode of the Caregiver Community shares insight about current technology that is helpful for seniors and their families. Listeners will learn about “low tech” and “high tech” resources and devices that are helpful for seniors and their caregivers, in general; technology that can be particularly supportive for those caring for a loved one with dementia; strategies for encouraging seniors to become comfortable with the resources; and ways to learn about technology applicable to one’s specific situation.
Dr. Mary Berge - "How to Stay Sane During COVID-19"
Dr. Mary B. Berge a Licensed Clinical Psychologist joins this episode of The Caregiver Community. Dr Berge talks about how to stay sane during COVID-19, with tips on how to manage this and other stressful times in your life.
Mary Mitchell, Area Agency on Aging (Hickory, NC)
Mary Mitchell, Family Caregiver Support Specialist from the Area Agency on Aging answers the plea, who can help me take care of my loved one? Mary also presents practical tips and insights to the audience.
Thank you to our sponsor Pace-at-Home. Find out more about Pace-at-Home services here
*Audio note: This recording is from a Zoom presentation*
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I just discovered this podcast and have been listening to previous episodes. My husband and I began this journey with our parents last year. I’m trying to get as much info as I can now. DV in WA State.