Tag: caregiving

Caregiving, Empathy, and Storytelling

Caregiving, Empathy, and Storytelling
Whether I am caregiving for my mother, working as a professional writer and consultant, or as a New Pulp author, one of the statements I frequently hear is some variation of “storytelling is an engine of empathy”. Regardless of my roles as caregiver/ marketing professional/or writer, I find myself dismayed that storytelling (especially digital storytelling)... Read more »

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"

Caregiving, COVID, and Defining the "New Normal"
Being a caregiver means having a sense of flexibility and improvisation to balancing caregiving duties, work, and self-care. Dealing with COVID-19 in the past year has been especially challenging with everyday activities being reinvented and reconsidered. As Illinois and Chicago transition with more people vaccinated (including myself), our challenge is to determine the shape of... Read more »

COVID-19, Caregiving and Compassion

COVID-19, Caregiving and Compassion
As my mother’s caregiver, I have learned how to handle various aspects of life including job seeking, freelancing, self-care, and creativity. In the midst of the current coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, I find myself reflecting on the lessons I am learning about self-discipline in isolation and self-care and how these impact my caregiving effort. One of the... Read more »
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Caregivers & Health Care: A Complicated Relationship

As a caregiver for my mother, I frequently interact with our health care system. Having received a liver transplant ten years ago via Medicaid and Medicare, my mother has also experienced other health consequences including kidney disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic heart disease. Last Friday, my mother went in for an angiogram on her liver... Read more »

Some Public Domain Holiday Viewing for Caregivers

Some Public Domain Holiday Viewing for Caregivers
(Updated on 11/13/2021) Although we’ve covered technology, social change, and other great initiatives in the Chicago community, we’ve also focused on caregivers and caregiving…and we thought this year, we would provide a slight change of pace for the holiday. One of the highlights of 2019 was the entry of works into the public domain, allowing... Read more »

Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season

Help Caregivers Feel Gratitude This Thanksgiving & Holiday Season
As National Family Caregiver Month comes to end, it is important to recognize that unpaid caregiving is becoming more of a national trend. (I should know – I have been an unpaid caregiver for my mother for several years). With Thanksgiving and the holiday season fast approaching, it might be a great opportunity to discuss... Read more »
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Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge

Balancing Caregiving and Job Seeking: A Critical Challenge
When I took on caregiving duties for my mother, I was – like many other caregivers – in a slightly precarious work situation. Although I was balancing caregiving and freelancing, it became a challenge to manage both my mother’s immediate care as well as my own personal matters. As I am now actively seeking full-time employment... Read more »

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Pulp Factory Award for my short story “Knights of the Silver Cross” in 1950s Western Roundup. After winning the award, I decided to take a break from creativity and writing. Working on creative projects for two years non-stop while balancing caregiving duties and freelance work... Read more »

Caregiving, Self-Care, and Staying Connected

Caregiving, Self-Care, and Staying Connected
One of the most brutal effects of this past winter has been its effect on my caregiving and my own self-care…and nearly cost me my sense of connection with others. It may sound obvious, but one of the critical issues facing adult caregivers is the balance of caring for a family member and maintaining their... Read more »
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Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month

Supporting Caregivers During National Family Caregiver Month
My previous post discussing caregiver burnout…well, many of my friends and readers noticed. And I wish I had waited to write it since I recently learned that November is  “National Family Caregiver Month.” And has been since President Obama declared it so in 2012). And this year’s theme, “Supercharge Your Caregiving”, portraying caregivers as superheroes…well,... Read more »