Working Family Caregivers Tag

It’s a fact: last year Millennials officially became the nation’s largest generation, surpassing Baby Boomers (source: U.S. Census Bureau). Thanks to those same census gurus, we also know there are roughly 40 million Americans who take care of a loved one, referred to as informal caregivers or, lovingly from my perspective, as family caregivers. Combine that with the fact that...

According to the Pantone Color Institute, Ultra Violet is the color of the year 2018. In common terms, it’s a super bright purple. It just so happens that caregiver awareness and appreciation is represented by the color purple. The color also represents, Alzheimer's Disease, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Animal Abuse, Cancer Survivors, Chiari Malformation, Crohn's Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Domestic Violence,...

Working professionals who have intergenerational responsibilities, (aka- the pull of sandwich generation child and elder care) would love if friends and colleagues understood how some comments sound, well, pardon me for saying— insensitive. So, this is for you - Employers, Managers and well intentioned colleagues. I thought you might find it helpful to have generalized insight to some of the common...

Most of the working family caregivers I know are thrilled that the holidays are behind us, but are not necessarily making stellar plans for the New Year. As fun as holiday gift exchanges, unexpected treats and festive gatherings can be, they can throw off much needed routines and already overloaded schedules. Returning to a predictable day is as comfortable as...

Ahh, the warmer days of spring (cue the joyful trumpeting). The delight of seeing tulips and flowering trees in bloom, the smell of fresh-cut grass and, lest we forget, spring cleaning and yard sales! I get a little giddy at the prospect of yard sales. That is—as the seller, the peddler, the clutter un-loader. I’m rarely on the buying side of...

Seinfeld fans can usually quote many of the show’s infamous lines.  One that stands out for me is, “You gotta come and see the baabby.” In that episode, Jerry expresses his annoyance with new parents who emphatically insist that he come and "see the baabby."  As a former family caregiver, I likened and recognized that same whiny tone every time...