Relationships and Caregiving Dynamics
Even in the closest of families, caregiving duties often fall to one child, but even an only child is not alone in the process of offering care to an aging parent. By defining the relationships in the family/friend network, caregivers can create their own support network for developing successful caregiving partnerships. This talk offers steps for identifying caregiving roles within any family structure and how to take proactive measures for creating a positive caregiving dynamic rather than a chore-based mindset.

Interacting with Practitioners
When you’re in the midst of dealing with multiple health care professionals and a variety of medical conditions, getting key information is essential. Understanding the dynamics of the practitioners you deal with and taking your own personality issues out of the picture help to clear the roads you travel in your caregiving journey. This increases efficiency and effectiveness, reducing headaches and raw nerves for a caregiver and an aging parent. This talk reviews the technique of removing emotion from certain interactions to get what you want and need.

How to Care for a Caregiver – even when that’s you!
Loved ones often long to provide help and comfort to a caregiver, but are most often met with “thank you, but no.” Caregivers often feel that it’s harder to pass off some of their responsibilities than it really is. This talk highlights ways to offer support for a caregiver whether she or he is a family member and whether you live near or far.

Mobility - Independence & Self-esteem
As mobility becomes an issue for an aging parent, related self-esteem issues can start to cloud other areas of caregiving, creating tension in even the most successful caregiving situations. Whether dealing with driving, the major hot button for aging adults and their caregivers, or trying to help a wheelchair bound mother find holiday shopping joy with a trip to the mall, there are many ways to ensure safety while still nurturing a parent’s sense of self and independence. This talk provides tips about mobility assistance for long distance travel and dream building to practical day to day mobility.

The Notebook – Creating a Tool for Managing the Caregiver’s Many Roles
Step by step, how to build and use a notebook that will help maintain a caregiver’s sanity. Breaking down the larger tasks into smaller steps helps the caregiver see his or her role, and where others can helps. You’ll discover how the process of setting up a notebook helps create a back-up plan when you have a crisis of your own or need to be out of town.

When Home Care Isn't the Best Care
Assessing living environments that meet the needs of your parent, as well as your own family, can be a daunting task. Breaking down the process into steps and analyzing needs starts the decision making process. As your parent continues to age, needs change, and you’ll likely have to apply the process again. This talk addresses different types of living environments, the pros and cons of each, and helps you to develop a sense of peace with your choices.

Which Hat are You Wearing Today? – The Flexible Mind-set of Multiple Roles
Visualization can be an important tool for navigating life. Identifying the different hats you wear as an adult, and as a caregiver, helps develop perspective, whether you’re wearing a nurse’s cap, a chauffer’s chapeau, a case manager’s hat, the mommy hat (for your own kids), or for married female caregivers, your bridal veil (did you forget you had that one?). With the hats off, we find ourselves; with the hats on, we care for others. The stories of hat juggling range from tragic to hilarious, but when you consciously juggle them, you gain control and a sense of peace.