September is Emergency Preparedness Month

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Being prepared for caregiving means also knowing the emergency plans to help your older loved one – whether they are “aging in place” at home or live in an assisted living or other facility.

After Hurriance Katrina, a report found 139 nursing home residents died because the facilities did not have the proper disaster plans in place. After Hurricane Sandy hit the tri-state area, many homebound seniors went hungry awaiting emergency meal deliveries. When it comes to natural or manmade disasters, our senior population is among the most vulnerable.

What do you need to know to prepare?

Read our CEO Sherri’s Snelling articles about caregiver emergency preparedness – it will bring you peace of mind when Mother Nature is having a bad day:

Why Caregivers Need to Plan for the Worst – Emergency Preparedness (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Combating the Senior Hunger Crisis (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

 

September 21 – World Alzheimer’s Day

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More than 60 countries worldwide will be joining together on September 21 to raise awareness and funds for World Alzheimer’s Day with the theme, “Remember Me” (hashtag #RememberMe).

Worldwide more than 47 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease today and by 2030 this number will grow to 76 million who have the disease and numerous millions more family caregivers who are also impacted.

Statistics show that 1 in 3 seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease. The most recent high-profile death from Alzheimer’s was the brilliant comedic film star Gene Wilder.

Join the movement today to End Alzheimer’s.

Watch our Me Time Monday video on Alzheimer’s:

Sept 22-28 Falls Prevention Week

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of 10 seniors will fall at home in their lifetime and every 29 minutes an older American dies from a fall-related injury.

Falls are the leading cause of accidental death for those over age 65 and contribute to the overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms across the country where every year more than 2 million seniors are treated for non-fatal fall injuries.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling writes about falls prevention campaigns in an upcoming article for PBS Next Avenue kicking off September 22.

You can also watch our Me Time Monday video below on Home Safety.

My Favorite Things – CareLinx

My Favorite ThingsOne of our favorite things to do at Caregiving Club is find our favorite services, products and organizations to share with our loyal readers.

We debut the “My Favorite Things” list from Caregiving Club CEO, Sherri Snelling. As part of her role as a national caregiving expert, Sherri advises companies on how to best support caregivers. She serves on advisory boards and often asks these companies to provide a free offer or special promotion for Caregiving Club readers.

Click here to read about the 4 free hours of in-home care you can receive from CareLinx as the first company featured in “My Favorite Things.”

9/11 – We Will Never Forget

 

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Note from our CEO Sherri Snelling:

For most adults in 2001, September 11 became our Pearl Harbor day – a day that will live in infamy. I remember watching the tragic news of the day unfold and feeling both the heartbreak and heartfelt inspiration of first responders and ordinary citizens helping each other through the horror.

For the 15th anniversary this year, I wrote about the health impacts of 9/11 for PBS Next Avenue and Forbes.com – especially the chronic illnesses of those who were in lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site.

Many of the first responders and rescue workers were baby boomers – average age in 2001 of 38 years old. Today they are 53 and experiencing the long-term health effects of their heroism.  I am honored to talk to these heroes and their family caregivers and the health care workers and organizations that are dedicated to ensuring that “We Never Will Forget.

Caregivers of 9/11 – Cancer and PTSD New Challenges for Survivors (published on PBS Next Avenue and Forbes.com)

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September – Healthy Aging Month

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Aging in America is changing the way we live – whether it’s becoming a family caregiver, considering multi-generational living, juggling work and caregiving and family life as a Sandwich Generation member — the longevity bonus years are impacting us all.

Most importantly, as more than 65 million of us step into this role called “caregiver,” how do we maintain our own health and wellness and find that important balance in life?

It’s important to understand the impact of caregiving even before it happens – planning ahead becomes essential. It’s the “Prepare to Care” movement. Part of this is understanding the physical and emotional impact of caregiving.

Below are some articles from our CEO Sherri Snelling that will help you find that caregiving balance but also help you in your healthy aging goals.

For Labor Day, Sherri writes about the changing workplace from “child care” support to “elder care” support:

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Sherri spoke to the billionaire nonagerian CEO of Dole Foods, David Murdock (age 93), about his nutritional recipe for living longer and healthier for a Forbes interview:

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Sherri’s PBS Next Avenue interview with 94-year-old Norman Lear about his secrets to living longer:

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david-b-agus-short-guide-to-long-life-bookSherri interviewed cancer specialist Dr. David Agus, one of the world-class experts she works with at Keck Medicine of USC on his book about living longer and happier:

Want to Live Longer?

 

 

 

Sherri’s articles on achieving better caregiver health & wellness:

Your Real Age – How Caregivers Can Find Their Inner Child

Caregiver RX for Stress: 3 Steps to Me Time Monday (originally published on Huffington Post)

7 Tips to Avoid Sandwich Generation Burn-out (originally published in USA Today)

How to Manage the Sandwich Generation Juggling Act – 8 Childish Things Caregivers Should Do (originally published on Huffington Post)

 

 

The C-A-R-E Conversation Series

 

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In Sherri Snelling’s top-selling book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, the chapter on how to have the C-A-R-E  Conversation has become one of the highlights of the book and in Sherri’s speaking engagements. Coming in late 2016, Sherri’s next book, The C-A-R-E Conversations, will be published.

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The reality is having conversations, whether it is with an aging parent, an ill spouse, our siblings, our kids, a boss or co-worker, friends and others are difficult. We avoid these conversations but this silence can lead to confusion, frustration, anger, depression and other emotions that ultimate impact a caregiver’s health and wellness.

Learning to understand the issues and how the conversation sounds on either side of the talk are tools every caregiver needs. This year, Caregiving Club offers a monthly “C-A-R-E Conversation” article – excerpted from Sherri’s upcoming book.  We’ll give you tips and resources on how to have difficult conversations with all those around you when you take your caregiving journey.

2016 will be the year caregivers can say,

Let’s Talk!

Caregiving at the Movies – Still Alice

Still Alice movie posterA must-see on your movie list should be Still Alice – Julianne Moore’s poignant Oscar-nominated role reminds all of us that Alzheimer’s disease can strike even in your 50s.  Read the blogs about this movie that will propel the movement to END ALZ.

Celebrity Spotlight

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While Kimberly Williams Paisley, Norman Lear and Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker have all been stars in the world of television they also understand the issues of aging and caregiving in our nation.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling has had the privilege of interviewing all of them – she interviewed Kimberly for PBS Next Avenue on Kimberly’s new book about caring for her mother with dementia;  for her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, Sherri spoke to Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker about forming a care team to care for Jill’s mother long-distance; and Sherri had the privilege of talking to TV icon Norman Lear where she found the interview a master class on longevity – it was better than “must-see TV” – it was “must live with laughter” as a prescription for happiness.

We showcase their interviews for September’s Health Aging Month – enjoy!

Kimberly Williams-Paisley – Finding Her Mother Again

Norman Lear – Longevity, Laughter, Love of America

Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker – caregiving team for her mom with dementia

 

Caregiving Club Honored for Me Time Monday

Caregiver Reviews calls Caregiving Club and its Me Time Monday videos “the MTV of Caregiving.” Read the press release here for National Sandwich Generation Month. Read the Caregiver Reviews of Caregiving Club here.

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Men As Caregivers

More than a “few good men” – fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles now represent 45% of the 65 million caregivers.  Read Sherri’s PBS Next Avenue article about how men cope with caregiving and her blog about the famous men of caregiving.

 

 

LifeCare Webinars for Caregiving Employees

LifeCare teams with Caregiving Club CEO Sherri Snelling to offer monthly educational Webinars to LifeCare’s 61,000 employer clients representing 51 million employees nationwide.  Click here to read more.

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USA Today Spotlight on Caregiving

USA Today cover 2015Each November for National Caregiver Month, Media Planet teams with caregiving organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network and experts to showcase the issues of our nation’s 65 million caregivers. This year’s cover story features Elizabeth Dole, a champion for the caregivers of veterans. The special supplement is featured in the November 27, 2015 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofHealthCareNews.com and other partner sites such as CNN.com.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling is one of the expert contributors to this special caregiving issue. Her articles can be read by clicking on the links below:

Caregiver Burn Out USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to avoid caregiver burn-out: 7 Tips to Beat Caregiver Burn-out

Caregiving Cost Drain USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to plan ahead for the costs of caregiving: How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain

Aging Tech USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article about aging, caregiving and technology tools that can help: Silver Surfers – Aging and Technology

 

2013 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri also contributed to the 2013 Caregiving Feature Issue. She provided excerpted celebrity interviews with Holly Robinson Peete and Joan Lunden from her book, A Cast of Caregivers, as the cover story and feature articles for the March 2013 caregiving supplement for USA Today weekend magazine.  The supplement also included the Caregiving Club’s Me Time Monday program.  Read the full supplement here: Caregiving Supplement Mar 2013