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!

February Means The Grammy Awards and Music Therapy

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February means it’s Grammy season and the sound of music is all around. This month we celebrate the caregivers, like our friend Holly Robinson Peete, who are musical stars and caregivers as well as luminaries in the music business such as interviews with Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Alan and David Osmond, of loved ones. On a somber note we share the caregiving story of Casey Kasem, who was known best for his radio show, “America’s Top 40” but in his later years became a case study in how families need to have the C-A-R-E Conversation to avoid conflict and event elder abuse. We’ll also share articles about the power of music to heal – through music therapy or just providing the “food for the soul” all caregivers need.

Here are our articles that show music is a must for every caregiver:

Music Therapy – a 5-Note Plan for Caregiver Calm (originally published on the Alzheimer’s Association blog)

Alzheimer’s App Uses Singing to Boost Mood (originally published on PBS Next Avaenue)

Holly Robinson Peete’s Most Challenging Role – Sandwich Generation Caregiver (Holly’s in-depth story found in Sherri’s book, A Cast of Caregivers)

Catherine Zeta Jones – a caregiver’s self-care mental health plan (who won her Oscar – also happening this month – for her singing/dancing role in Chicago)

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

The Osmond Family’s Greatest Act – Winning the Daily Battle Against MS (Sherri interviewed both Alan and Davis Osmond for her book, A Cast of Caregivers)

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Music of the Night – 2013 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

Stars Take Center Stage to Fight Alzheimer’s disease – 2012 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

 

And, many of the articles on our Caregiving Club site and the wealth of information we provide can be found in our CEO, Sherri Snelling’s book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories To Help You Prepare to Care.

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February is Heart Health Month

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February is Heart Health Month and Go Red for Women.  The American Heart Association tells us 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and it is the No. 1 killer for both men and women in the U.S. We know caregivers can experience increased stress which can lead to hypertension and ultimately stroke, they have less time for good nutrition and exercise that can lead to weight gain or caregivers may turn to bad habits to cope such as resuming smoking — all things which can contribute to heart disease.

Good heart health means knowing your numbers, one of our articles this month. We will also share Sherri’s “red fashion show” on @caregivingclub and @sherrisnelling on Twitter every Monday for her Me Time Monday – Go Red Month. Enjoy and learn to love your heart!

Heart Health by the Numbers – 10 Years of Go Red

Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head (originally published on Huffington Post)

 

 

 

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.

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2016 Oscars

 

 

In February the stars and millions of viewers worldwide come together for Oscar Sunday. While the televised event celebrates the star’s performances, we celebrate those Oscar winners who have been or are caregivers.  This month we highlight those stars with Sherri’s celebrity interviews and we also share our own awards for past movies that have brought caregiving from real life to reel life.

Catherine Zeta Jones – a caregiver’s self-care mental health plan (2008 Oscar winner for Chicago)

Diane Keaton – Sandwich Generation caregiver (1977 Oscar winner for Annie Hall, 1981 Oscar winner for Reds, she was also nominated for Marvin’s Room where she played a caregiver, and Something’s Gotta Give where she played a caregiver for Jack Nicholson’s character)

Jodie Foster – Golden Girl Shines a Spotlight on Her Sandwich Generation Role (1989 Oscar winner for The Accused, 1982 Oscar winner for Silence of the Lambs, nominated for Taxi Driver and Nell)

1st Annual Caregiving Goes to the Oscars (2008)

1st Annual CARE-Y Awards – TV’s Best Caregivers (2009)

2nd Annual CARE-Y Awards – TV’s Best Caregivers (2010)

3rd Annual CARE-Y Awards – TV’s Best Caregivers (2011)

4th Annual CARE-Y Awards – TV’s Best Caregivers (2012)

5th Annual CARE-Y Awards – TV’s Best Caregivers (2013)

Still Alice May Be the Movie That Sparks the Alzheimer’s Movement (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

And the Oscar Goes to Caregivers (originally published on Huffington Post)

Amour – A Caregiving Movie Review (originally published on Huffington Post)

 

 

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

Author Events

Sherri Snelling will be doing book signings, press interviews and other events to support her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.  Click here for more information about upcoming events.

Book Buzz

Check here for the latest interviews, book reviews and press information for Sherri’s new book, A Cast of Caregivers.

Sherri Snelling Recognized by SharecareNow and Dr. Oz

SharecareNow released its Top 10 Alzheimer’s Influencers and named Caregiving Club CEO Sherri Snelling #4 on the list.  Click here to read more about the Influencers list and Sharecare, online health and wellness site created by Dr. Oz.

Caregiving Book

Sherri Snelling’s book — the “What to Expect When You’re Caregiving” how-to guide — includes interviews with celebrities and their caregiving lessons learned, as well as the A to Z guide on how to care for a loved one AND care for you at the same time.

Click here to read more about A Cast of Caregivers.