In recognition that November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we are proud to bring you a series from Pamela D. Willson, who is an advocate for family and professional caregivers. Our first three posts are excerpts from Pamela’s new book The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes. Here are links to those great excerpts:
TODAYS GUEST: Pamela D. Wilson, Author,The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes
Pamela joined us to discuss caregiving challenges and solutions as well as her new book. Specifically, we discuss the following with Pamela:
- (3:25) How does your personal life experience with caregiving benefit individuals you support today?
- (4:03) What are the benefits of an advocate to a situation of care?
- (6:15) Why is planning important in situations of care?
- (7:46) How might family members identify normal memory loss associated with aging versus a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?
- (10:28) Conversations about care are often difficult, how do you suggest an adult child open this conversation with a parent?
- (11:48) What suggestions do you have for adult children who recognize that a parent would benefit from care but the parent refuses?
- (13:28) What are some common risks in caregiving situations that may be avoidable?
- (15:18) What have we missed, what else will people learn when reading your book, The Caregiving Trap?
- (18:18) What is the best age to start having conversations with your parents about caregiving?
About The Caregiving Trap (from http://pameladwilson.com/book/)
Caring for aging parents and family members with declining health can stir up a range of feelings that include guilt, sadness, and exhaustion. In The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes®, Pamela D. Wilson delivers solutions that will settle your emotions and help you make informed and intelligent decisions as a caregiver and on behalf of loved ones.
Through her heartfelt advice and extensive expertise, you will acquire knowledge and skills needed to navigate the caregiving journey with honesty, respect, and dignity.
The Caregiving Trap includes straightforward information and helpful step-by-step exercises to help you:
- Recognize early signs that loved ones will require special care and advocacy
- Initiate conversations about sensitive mental and physical health issues
- Acknowledge the challenges caregiving brings to family interactions and relationships
- Identify actions you can take to facilitate clear and open communication
- Set boundaries that allow you to avoid burnout and not sacrifice your life and well-being
- Gain awareness of the personal and financial obligations resulting from caregiving
Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA, Certified Senior Advisor specializes in working with family and professional caregivers to navigate healthcare and aging concerns. Wilson, an expert in the field of caregiving, has personally helped thousands of family and professional caregivers since 2000 in her career as an advocate, a care navigator, and an educator. Through her company, The Care Navigator, she is an advocate and service provider in the roles of guardian, power of attorney, care manager, and transition specialist. She was producer and host of The Caring Generation®, from 2009 to 2011, an educational radio program for caregivers on 630 KHOW-AM. In addition to her work at the Care Navigator, Pamela gives back to the community by serving as chairperson of the Community Ethics Committee in Denver, Colorado. Read more: http://pameladwilson.com/pamelas-story/.
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