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5 Tips for Caregivers During the COVID-19 Holiday Season

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams in his well-known Christmas song, one of my personal favorites. The holiday season usually marks a time of happiness, togetherness, faith, hope, and thankfulness. But this year things might be a little different with the threat of COVID-19 and the measures you must take […]

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4 Reasons Why Caregiving is Harder in the Era of COVID-19

A recent survey by the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving revealed that 83% of caregivers are experiencing an increased level of stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Caregiving right now is more stressful because caregivers must worry constantly about COVID-19 infection. As if your loved one’s condition wasn’t bad enough, knowing that COVID-19 is so […]

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Why Add “Questions for Reflection” in a Book about Caregiving?

In a review of my new book, Kirkus Reviews observed, “The book is smartly organized into 18 brief yet highly relevant chapters, each addressing an aspect of caregiving. At the close of every chapter, questions are included for reflection. Rather than attempt to create a manual, the author shares salient observations about caregiving from a […]

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New Book Offers Help for Caregivers

I’m pleased to announce that my new book, When Caregiving Calls: Guidance as You Care for a Parent, Spouse, or Aging Relative, will be released on October 13, 2020. An early reader told me that the book feels like an intimate conversation. She compared it to an evening curled up under a blanket, in front […]

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Amber Gifford Joins Caregiving Kinetics

We are pleased to announce that Amber Gifford has joined Caregiving Kinetics! Amber will help us reach caregivers everywhere through her efforts in research, outreach, publicity, and marketing. Amber is not a stranger to caregiving. Born and raised in Connecticut, Amber spent most of her “first” career in senior care. She was proud to have […]

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Why You Should Treat Your Caregivers Like Your Clients

Over the years, I observed dozens of schedulers filling shifts at my home care company. One of my best schedulers was a woman named Nina who had an uncanny ability to get our caregivers to commit to shifts. Nina was highly effective in staffing because she took extra time to develop relationships with both our […]

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Caregiving: A Metaphor for National Healing

Today a friend told me that this year has been like 1918, 1929, and 1968 all rolled into one. Marked by a pandemic, economic instability, violence, and demonstrations, 2020 has been a year unlike any I’ve seen in my lifetime. People everywhere are hurting. It’s as if our entire nation is mourning. As I contemplate […]

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Aaron Blight, Ed.D., Named Member of Well Spouse® Honorary Board

Aaron Blight, Ed.D., founder of global consulting firm Caregiving Kinetics, has been named a member of Well Spouse Association’s Honorary Board. International speaker, writer, and adjunct professor at Shenandoah University, Dr. Blight formerly served as a national healthcare policy leader at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Bob Mastrogiovanni, Well Spouse Association President, […]

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Review of The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World by Al Etmanski

My friend and colleague Donna Thomson recently introduced me to Al Etmanski, the author of The Power of Disability: 10 Lessons for Surviving, Thriving, and Changing the World, published earlier this year. I decided to read this book because my caregiving-related career has allowed me to get to know many people with disabilities on a […]

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“Care for Everyone” is More than Masks and Social Distancing

If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that we should be looking out for others. That means taking care of one another, even if the other person is a complete stranger. Right now we’ve been asked to “care for everyone” by practicing social distancing and wearing masks in public. But I think […]

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