Life Transitions: Opportunities and Challenges

What is a life transition?

  • A bridge from one phase to another
  • A time of discovery or re-evaluation
  • A chance to reflect, imagine, consider options
  • A passage from one place, state or style, to another

Perspectives and priorities change naturally as we transition from one phase of life to another. Sometimes they are easy and graceful; sometimes not. Either way, they bring [Read more…]

When Siblings Share the Care

When was the last time you heard or said the words, “Mom liked you best?”  Hopefully, not since you were very young — or ever.

But with our population living so much longer and siblings finding themselves in the role of caring for aging parents, these “fighting” words seem to be spoken more frequently.

Warm childhood memories often emerge during the course of family caregiving, but so do old grievances and pain. Sharing the care of elderly parents can be just as difficult as sharing was when we were children growing up in the same house.

Family dynamics leave a legacy that often becomes [Read more…]

Helping The Helpers

Manage The High Cost Of Caregiver Employees

United States businesses estimate losses of up to $33.6 billion per year of lost productivity from full-time working caregivers.1 Costs include replacing employees, absenteeism, workday distractions, supervisory time, and reductions in hours from full-time to part-time. Employees find themselves having to move a parent closer to home, traveling long distances to their parents’ homes, taking them to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and other errands. This takes its toll on all concerned. [Read more…]

The Fall. The Call. The Talk.

If you are concerned about your elderly parents, it’s probably with good reason. As our population ages and folks live into their 80s and 90s, there is a very good chance that caregiving is something you will have to deal with.

It is exciting to know that about 15 years have been added to our lives. The challenge, however, is that many of us will be living with several chronic diseases.  While not life threatening, they can cause impairment of body or mind or both.

This is the case with many of our parents. They reach a point where they need help, but [Read more…]