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Toula Wootan is a nationally recognized caregiver and caregiver advocate. Her show offers advice, counseling and care. Guests include national experts and caregiving celebrities.

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Toula Wootan is a nationally recognized caregiver and caregiver advocate. Her show offers advice, counseling and care. Guests include national experts and caregiving celebrities.

    Is it Holiday “HO HO HO” Time, or “NO NO NO” Time? Caregivers Dealing With Grief

    Is it Holiday “HO HO HO” Time, or “NO NO NO” Time? Caregivers Dealing With Grief

    This Holiday Season is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. For most people. But not for all of us.

    How do you feel, Toula? Are you singing, "HO. HO. HO.", or "NO. NO. NO."?

    Do you know others who are dealing with the STRESS of the season? Or the GRIEF of missing a loved one now? Or maybe someone having “anticipatory grief” for someone who is very ill?

    I understand. I still miss my Mom and Dad, and my son.

    But there is still joy to be found in this Season. And, it is okay to feel sad and glad.

    My special guest on this podcast is a friend who can help you. Rachel Weinstein is an authority on the topic of grief. She holds a Master's Degree in Education, with a specialty in Counseling and Counselor Education, from Indiana University. Rachel spent the early part of her career as a general psychotherapist, and later began specializing in the area of grief, loss, and life transition.

    Rachel is also an expert because she has lost people close to her, and has had to deal with those conflicting emotions.

    In this podcast, Rachel shares some practical ways we can cope with our feelings. She offers some simple actions we can take during the holidays to honor those we are grieving.

    Rachel is here to help you. If you find yourself having difficulty coping with a loss, and coping with the Holidays, contact Rachel by calling: (409) 540 – 4950, or email her at JaxCenterForGrief@gmail.com.

    I hope you also will gain some insight and comfort from this podcast.

    Holiday Blessings

    Toula Wootan

    • 22 min
    Are You Driving Impaired Because You Are Old? Learn How To Decide

    Are You Driving Impaired Because You Are Old? Learn How To Decide

    Are you scared every time your loved one gets behind the wheel of the car?

    Are you sure there is something wrong? Are you ready to have “the talk”? Will you be able to do what is needed?

    Let’s face the truth. Some seniors should not be driving any more. But it is so difficult for family to do anything about it.

    My guest on this podcast, Matt Gurwell, CEO of Keeping Us Safe, LLC, can help you “have the talk”. He can help you to know whether your loved one should still be driving. He even created a comprehensive “Self-Assessment Program for Older Drivers” to objectively evaluate driving performance.

    Matt knows why this is important. He is retired from a very distinguished and successful 24-year career as an Assistant District Commander with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He says he started “Keeping Us Safe” because, “It was the result of 20-plus years of holding dying people in my arms at terrible car accidents, and delivering dozens and dozens of death notifications to families. I would much rather work with families to bring a peaceful resolve to this sensitive and uncomfortable issue now, rather than have them deal with it when a State Trooper is knocking on their front door".

    If you want to know more, visit Matt’s web site, www.keepingussafe.org.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    • 30 min
    But I Am Too Young To Be a Caregiver! (A Millennial Shares Her Story)

    But I Am Too Young To Be a Caregiver! (A Millennial Shares Her Story)

    How old do you have to be to be a caregiver for your parents?

    You are probably thinking the answer is middle-aged or older adults, in our 40s, of 50s or better.

    Sadly, more and more millennials (20s to mid-30s) are becoming caregivers every day. Actually, up to 25% of caregivers in the U.S. are millennials, caring for their aging parents. That is 30 years earlier than you expected!

    In this podcast of TOULA’S TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, Adrienne Glusman shares her caregiving story with us. Adrienne became a caregiver for her mother at the age of 29, and, ten years later, is still caregiving for her mother while trying to manage her own career.

    The challenges of being a millennial caregiver are unique as this role comes unexpectedly at a time in their lives when they may be in college, just starting their careers, getting married or planning a family. Adrienne and I discuss these challenges and list ways others can support them.

    Is being a millennial caregiver different than for older caregivers? Tune in to the podcast to find out.

    This important subset of caregivers needs more attention from social organizations who support caregivers. Listen to this bright young lady tell her story, and think about ways we can support millennial caregivers.

    • 34 min
    You Need A Drink - NOW!

    You Need A Drink - NOW!

    When is the last time you had a drink?

    I don’t mean alcohol. When was your last glass of WATER? When was the last time your loved one had some water? You know that you and our loved one need to stay hydrated. It may be difficult to convince your loved one to drink. But it is critical to their health. It can easily land your loved one in the hospital.

    On this podcast, we will talk about how to persuade your loved one to drink water and stay hydrated. There are simple ways that will keep you sane and your loved one calm.

    Toula’s guest, Dr. Oscar Rodriguez, is a passionate physician, educator and innovator, who cared for his mother through two hip surgeries, knee replacement and heart attack. He is someone you will want to hear.

    Need more help? Dr. Rodriguez co-founded Care|Mind® an award-winning iOS (Apple iPhone) app that helps caregivers like you to monitor the activity, medications and vital information of their loved ones so that they can then share this with healthcare providers. Imagine how helpful this will be to optimize the care they receive.

    As a caregiver, YOU play a critical role in keeping your loved one healthy. Dr. Rodriguez and Toula want to help you to be prepared and stay healthy.

    • 39 min
    Be A Better Healthcare Advocate For Your Loved One

    Be A Better Healthcare Advocate For Your Loved One

    Are you ready for your role when you bring your loved one to the doctor (or hospital)?

    It is hard. The medical staff look to you to be the voice, to answer their questions, and to make the critical decisions. You feel overwhelmed, and feel like you are invading on someone else’s personal issues. But when you are prepared, you can help optimize the care they receive.

    This is even a formidable task for a physician who is also a caregiver. So, who better to give advice that will help you (and me)?

    In this podcast, Toula’s guest, Dr. Oscar Rodriguez, is a passionate educator and innovator, who became frustrated by the ever-growing gaps in formal healthcare he experienced as a physician, patient and while caring for his mother through two hip surgeries, knee replacement and heart attack. He is someone you will want to hear.

    Dr. Rodriguez co-founded Care|Mind® an award-winning Smart Phone APP that helps caregivers like you to monitor the activity, medications and vital information of their loved ones so that they can then share this with healthcare providers. Imagine how helpful this will be to optimize the care they receive. (To Learn More, go to: http://caremindapp.com/)

    As a caregiver, YOU play a critical role in the healthcare system. Dr. Rodriguez and Toula want to help you to be prepared to be an effective advocate for the best care for your loved one.

    Blessings

    Toula Wootan

    • 44 min
    Good Things Are Happening in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    Good Things Are Happening in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    You will want to meet the new “Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease”.

    YES. There are Leaders around the world who are working together FOR YOU and your loved one.

    The LEAD Coalition (Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer's Disease) has over 100 multi-national organizations committed to stopping Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are making progress in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

    You will be thoroughly captivated by all that you will learn In this interview with Ian Kremer, Executive Director of the LEAD Coalition.

    There are 5.7 million people in the US with Alzheimer’s disease. Today, another person develops Alzheimer’s every 65 seconds.

    The LEAD Coalition do not just want to find a cure. Yes, they are working to increase funding for Alzheimer's research and support for those living with this disease

    They also are supporting efforts to make your job as a caregiver for an Alzheimer’s patient easier and more effective. They are supporting legislation that will fund training and support services for family members and caregivers.

    You can learn more about the LEAD Coalition on their web site, Leadcoalition.org.

    You will be encouraged and excited about the major changes, new programs and funding, and worldwide attention that is being given to Alzheimer’s. You will enjoy this interview with Ian Kremer.

    Blessings

    • 45 min

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