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Hosts Jennifer Mackinday & Mary Hahn Ward are long-time caregivers. "This Caregiver Life" podcast explores the journey of caregivers from all walks of life. Whether you are a caregiver, clinician, or community member supporting caregivers, you'll connect with our stories, resources, and insight. We share an unfiltered look into the frontlines of caregiving, of #thiscaregiverlife.

p.s. We are excited to share we have recently been rated a top ten caregiver podcast! Wow!

This Caregiver Life Mary Hahn Ward

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Hosts Jennifer Mackinday & Mary Hahn Ward are long-time caregivers. "This Caregiver Life" podcast explores the journey of caregivers from all walks of life. Whether you are a caregiver, clinician, or community member supporting caregivers, you'll connect with our stories, resources, and insight. We share an unfiltered look into the frontlines of caregiving, of #thiscaregiverlife.

p.s. We are excited to share we have recently been rated a top ten caregiver podcast! Wow!

    E46: Hope After Stroke with Tsgoyna Tanzman

    E46: Hope After Stroke with Tsgoyna Tanzman

    In this episode, Mar & Jenn are joined by Speech-Language Pathologist and Life Coach Tsgoyna Tanzman. She's helped thousands of people transition after stroke and brain injury to the next stages of their lives. Tsgoyna is an expert at helping people find their inner and outer resources using her unique approach that combines traditional and holistic speech therapy along with the life coaching practices. She is best known for her down-to-earth practicality, enthusiasm, and sense of humor while compassionately guiding caregivers and survivors through recovery.

    One size does not fit all when it comes to recovery or caregiving, and in this show, we discuss Tsgoyna's 5-part 'secret sauce' of recovering: faith, curiosity, persistence, humor, and gratitude. We also talk about the importance of HOPE, why you should have, why your care recipient needs it, and why the best medical providers share it! 

    Check our her book Hope After Stroke for Caregivers and Survivors: The Holistic Guide to Getting Your Life Back. Tsgoyna’s humor and poignant life stories appear in 15  differentiations anthologies of Chicken Soup for the Soul. She has also been featured by Huffington Post, CNBC News, USA Today, Glamour Magazine, Woman's Day Magazine, the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.

    Connect with Tsgoyna Tanzman online: https://www.facebook.com/Tsgoyna and https://hope-stroke.com, or email hopeafterstrokenow@gmail.com. Find resources for stroke and aphasia by visiting aphasia.org and https://enableme.org (which also has a simplified version for stroke sufferers). 

    Thanks for listening! Find us on social media: twitter.com/thiscaregiver, facebook.com/thiscaregiverlife, and instagram.com/thiscaregiverlife. We’d love to receive your thoughts and request, so send us an email or even a voice memo to thiscaregiverlife@gmail.com.

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    E45: Thrive With Your Tribe

    E45: Thrive With Your Tribe

    In this episode, Mar and Jenn are joined by Raquel Derrick, Founder of Family Operating Base in the last of our 4-part collaboration.  We discuss the complex issues of caregiving we've explored in this series and the takeaways we hope listeners can use in their lives. 

    We're still working from home. We're still experiencing the COVID-19. Stay at home, don't stay at home, take a million precautions. You can go here but not there. We're still in the midst of that. So life is still complicated. Just like this caregiver life. Whether it's during this time of COVID, or in the future, this caregiver life is all about making connections and communicating with one another, and that's what this series with Family Operating Base has been all about. 

    Thanks for listening! Find us on social media: twitter.com/thiscaregiver, facebook.com/thiscaregiverlife, and instagram.com/thiscaregiverlife. We’d love to receive your thoughts and request, so send us an email or even a voice memo to thiscaregiverlife@gmail.com.

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    • 28 min
    E44: Offering Yourself Grace

    E44: Offering Yourself Grace

    In this episode, Mar and Jenn are joined by Shawn Moore, LMSW, Executive Director and Founder of Caregivers on the Homefront and Raquel Derrick, Founder of Family Operating Base.   We discuss the challenges of caring for yourself while caring for a loved one, and ways we can show ourselves the grace we show others. 

    What is grace? The definition tells us that it's simple elegance or refinement of movement, courteous goodwill, or do honor or credit to (someone or something) by one's presence. Showing one's self grace can be challenging, so we discuss ways to make internal grace a reality. 

    Thanks for listening! Find us on social media: twitter.com/thiscaregiver, facebook.com/thiscaregiverlife, and instagram.com/thiscaregiverlife. We’d love to receive your thoughts and request, so send us an email or even a voice memo to thiscaregiverlife@gmail.com.

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    • 37 min
    E43: Caregiver Career Conversation with Larry Nisenson

    E43: Caregiver Career Conversation with Larry Nisenson

    Mar and Jenn are joined by Larry Niesenson, Genworth Financial Chief Commercial Officer, the parent company of CareScout® Caregiver Support Services.  A caregiver for his father who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, Larry is passionate about solving the problems caregivers and employers face in the workforce.  In this episode, we explore those challenges for caregivers and employers. Larry is an expert and wants to connect. Feel free to email him at larry.nisenson@genworth.com. 

    Caregivers and the workforce:


    Nearly 60 percent of all family caregivers work full or part-time
    Caregivers frequently experience feelings of guilt and remorse when leaving their loved ones to go to work
    Employers often offer paid leave or related programs that can help employee caregivers, though employees who don't identify as caregivers may not be aware of their benefits. 
    Helping employers understand the need by self-identifying can expand offerings such as flexible work hours, employee assistance programs, and telecommuting opportunities.

    Click through to AARP for more information about caregiving & employment and to read Jennifer's employment case study.

    We also discuss long-term care insurance. Did you know by the time you reach 65, there's a 50% chance that you’ll require paid long-term care (LTC) someday? Paying out-of-pocket averages $140,000! Only 7.2 million or so Americans have planned for this expense by purchasing LTC insurance, which covers many of the costs of a nursing home, assisted living or in-home care expenses that aren’t covered by Medicare.

    Thanks for listening! Find us on social media: twitter.com/thiscaregiver, facebook.com/thiscaregiverlife, and instagram.com/thiscaregiverlife. We’d love to receive your thoughts and request, so send us an email or even a voice memo to thiscaregiverlife@gmail.com.

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    • 43 min
    E42: Honoring Lisa - End ALS

    E42: Honoring Lisa - End ALS

    Mar's guest today, Michael Bullen, was a caregiver to his spouse, Lisa, who had an aggressive form of ALS. They were married for twenty-five years. The last fourteen months of their marriage they battled an aggressive form of ALS together. Michael is committed to a lifelong ALS awareness campaign that includes the need for treatments, a cure, and kindness to those who have ALS and the people who care for them. 

    The form of ALS Lisa had is bulbar ALS. To find out more about ALS please visit this site: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/neurology_neurosurgery/centers_clinics/als/conditions/als_amyotrophic_lateral_sclerosis.html

    To view the ALS PSA video at the beginning of this podcast please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L03JETqtS3k

    #ThisCaregiverLife #Caregivers #ALS #EndALS 


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    • 37 min
    E41: Finding Our Way After Loss with Wounded Warrior Project’s Dan Miller

    E41: Finding Our Way After Loss with Wounded Warrior Project’s Dan Miller

    Mar and Jenn are joined by Dan Miller, Wounded Warrior Project Warriors Speak spokesperson, and Raquel Derrick, Founder of Family Operating Base.  In this episode, we explore the complexities of grief and talk about the differences between ambiguous and anticipatory grief. 

    Some facts about grief:


    According to a 2005 study by Dr. Katherine Shear, Dr. Ellen Frank, and Patricia Houck, most people experience the deepest grief in the first few weeks and months following a loss, but for 10% of people, grief can last years, or even indefinitely
    Every year 2.5 million people die in the United States, leaving an average of 5 grieving loved ones
    Symptoms of grief can be emotional, physical, social or religious in nature
    The seven emotional stages of grief are: shock or disbelief, denial, bargaining, guilt, anger, depression, and acceptance or hope

    Grief is a natural reaction to loss. It's both a universal and personal experience. Talking about our grief can be therapeutic and we hope listening to this podcast helps inspire you to find a peer network, a tribe, of support.  We all have tribes, and we hope you find yours. 

    Read Sebastian Junger's book TRIBE: https://amzn.to/2CalXcx 

    Find us on social media: twitter.com/thiscaregiver, facebook.com/thiscaregiverlife, and instagram.com/thiscaregiverlife. We’d love to receive your thoughts and request, so send us an email or even a voice memo to thiscaregiverlife@gmail.com.

    …until next time!

    More links:

    Jenn’s pro tip is to learn to say NO! Read her article about this underused strategy, https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/newsroom/the-art-of-saying-no-as-caregiver/

    Mar’s Blog has a plethora of pro tips, https://www.maryhahnward.com

    Join the Family Operating Base FOB Community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/familyoperatingbasecommunity/




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    • 58 min

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Mar and Jen go deep and keep it real in this fascinating podcast. Whether they are sharing their personal experiences as caregivers or are interviewing professionals or other caregivers, they keep their focus on the actionable steps caregivers can take to bolster their mental, physical, spiritual and financial skills to stay the course of caregiving and remain healthy and balanced. Whether you are a newcomer to caregiving or a veteran, their is support and valuable information in every episode.

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