November is National Caregiver Month

In Greek mythology, Zeus named one of the gods Atlas Telamon, meaning “enduring Atlas.” Over time Atlas came to represent the celestial axis around which the heavens revolve.

We chose this image of Atlas to commemorate November National Caregiving Month and honor the nation’s 65 million caregivers who essentially carry the care of the world on their shoulders.

Many caregivers say they feel “all alone” but they are one in an army of caregivers – the nation’s largest volunteer health care unpaid workforce and without our caregivers, our health care system collapses.

When you become a caregiver, you join a cast of caregivers. Our message to you is you are not alone.

Helping Caregivers Avoid Burn-out

Whether you are caring for an older parent, an ill spouse or sibling, a special needs child who is becoming an adult or a friend caring for a chronically ill friend,there are many ways we become caregivers. However, most of us are not well prepared for the caregiver journey. And, with lack of planning comes chaos, confusion, unforeseen costs and a common caregiving side effect we call “burn-out.”

Caregiving Club was formed to help guide you to a place of balance while caregiving – mentally and emotionally, physically and financially. Having good information on available resources is one part of our mission. We also help consult with companies that are recognizing the special role of caregivers and developing the services and products that help caregivers. And we provide content – good information to let you know we hear you and we’re trying to help with as much research and information we can find.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling writes on a variety of caregiving topics for PBS Next Avenue, Forbes.com, Huffington Post, USA Today and other outlets. You can check out most of her articles in our archives or click here for a complete list.

The Celebrity Caregiver Connection – A Cast of Caregivers

Sherri also interviews many celebrities who have cared for loved ones. A lot of people think celebrities have it easier – they have the money to hire a caregiving entourage. While that may be true for some of these high profile people, most, if not all, still ride into the caregiving roller coaster – the ups and downs of navigating a fragmented health care system, getting an older parent to communicate or comply with helpful services, digging into their own pockets (no matter how deep) to pay for the costs of care. Caregiving is the great leveler in our society – it cuts across all socioeconomic boundaries – all gender, age, race, religion, geography and economic status boxes that may otherwise separate us.

Take Care!

We celebrate the 65 million caregivers this month and every month and we thank you for your service and want to keep you well.

To that end, we have the following for you to check out:

Caregiving Club’s Me Time MondayTM  – a series of videos to help give you tips on how to balance self-care while caregiving. Created in partnership with the Caregiver Monday Campaign.

Caregiving Club’s Book Lovers List for some great books we find help caregivers.

Sherri Snelling’s “My Favorite Things” – services and products we love to help caregivers.

Caregiving Club Resources – We will launch our Caregiving Resources list this month so look for those helpful links to the services, organizations and products that will help you on your caregiving journey!

 

Celebrity Spotlight – A Cast of Caregivers

As we celebrate National Caregiver Month this November and recognize the more than 65 million caregivers in the U.S., some are bound to be “celebrities.”

Many people feel that celebrity caregivers don’t really know the challenges and certainly don’t fret the costs of caregiving like the rest of us. But our CEO, Sherri Snelling, has interviewed numerous celebrities and found when it comes to caregiving – even famous people face a fragmented health system, difficulty with conversations with older parents, sadness or frustration over not being able to control a chronic illness or devastating diagnosis that affects a loved one and not knowing where to turn.

The Celebrity Interviews

Following are some of the celebrities Sherri Snelling has interviewed over the years – not about their latest movie or TV show, album or book but about the role that is one we all will play in our lifetime: caregiver.

Alan and David Osmond Winng the Battle Against MS

Alana Stewart and Farrah Fawcett

B. Smith & Dan Gasby on Alzheimer’s

Billionaire Caregiver David Murdock Doles out Advice on Longevity

Brooke Shields – endless love in caring for her mom

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers

Catherine Zeta Jones – a caregiver’s self-care mental health plan

Diane Keaton – Sandwich Generation caregiver

Fran Drescher – cancer survivor and 3 tips for caregivers

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour

Glenn Close wants to change your mind about mental illness

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

Joan Lunden – coast to coast caregiving

Joan Lunden on challenges of guilt and caregiving

Jodie Foster – Golden Girl Shines a Spotlight on Her Sandwich Generation Role

Kimberly Williams Paisley Chronicles Her Mother’s Dementia

Holly Robinson Peete’s Most Challenging Role – Sandwich Generation Caregiver

Marg Helgenberger – Juggled College, Career and Caregiving

Meredith Vieira – caring for a husband with MS

Nancy Davis Races to Erase MS

Nancy Reagan’s Caregiving Legacy

Rizzoli & Isles Creator is on the Case

Rosalynn Carter – A Pioneering Caregiving Advocate Says More Must be Done

Seth Rogen Getting Millennials to Care About Alzheimer’s

What Suze Orman learned caring for her mother

Sylvia Mackey – Hall of Fame Caregiver Who Changed the NFL

The Red Carpet Interviews with Caregiving Celebrities

Also, watch Sherri Snelling’s interviews from the Red Carpet with celebrities such as George Clooney, Quincy Jones, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Joey McIntyre and more talking about their caregiving journeys and how they find their “Me Time”

 

AARP Webinar – Caregiving Conversation with Dan Gasby and B. Smith

AARP hosts a caregiving conversation with Dan Gasby, husband and business partner to lifestyle icon, B. Smith, who was diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s a few years ago.

Join Caregiving Club CEO, Sherri Snelling, as she talks with Dan and B. about their message of hope and advocacy in the face of this devastating illness:

When: Monday, February 27, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm EST (4:00 – 5:00 pm PST)

Where: https://aarptek.aarp.org/tek-online-webinars/2017/2/27/making-your-mess-your-message-featuring-dan-gasby-with-sherri-snelling

 (registration is FREE)

Dan shares his challenges in finding patience and being present, in understanding the disease that has changed his “sweetie,” and how we all have a role in fighting this disease that today affects 20 million Americans – 5 million living with the disease and 15 million who are caring for them.

 

To view other AARP Webinars with Sherri Snelling, check out the archived listings on AARPTek:

November, 2016 – “A Caregiving Conversation with Holly Robinson Peete”

January, 2017 – “Demystifying Medical Apps and Wearable Health Devices – an interview with Dr. Leslie Saxon of the USC Center for Body Computing at Keck Medicine of USC.

November 11 is Veteran’s Day

 

Every year we honor our veterans and their sacrifices – including the sacrifices of military families – to provide peace and freedom for America.

Veteran’s Day was established after the end of World War I – known as the “war to end all wars” – when a peace treaty was signed at Versailles, Paris on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month between the Allied Forces and Germany. Thus, November 11, will forever be the day we honor those brave soldiers, sailors, marines, air force and other military from that war and every war since.

We know that 10 million Americans are providing care for a veteran – and 7 million of these caregivers are veterans themselves. Caregiving Club recognizes your special caregiving duties on this day (and every day) and thanks you for being our “heroes on the homefront.”

Our CEO Sherri Snelling (whose family members have fought in every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary Way) takes special care to highlight the challenges of the caregivers of veterans. She was proud to be part of a landmark study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealth Foundation, Caregivers of Veterans – Serving on the Homefront.

 

 

 

 

In addition, here are some of her articles and interviews with caregivers of veterans:

Caring for those with invisible wounds  (originally published on Huffington Post)

Boomer Parents Caring for a Veteran Son with TBI (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Rosalinda & Alain Babin – Boomer Parents Proud of Wounded Warrior Son (originally published on Caring.com)

Libby Hewes- A Veteran’s Caregiver Goes from Newlywed to Nurse (originally published on Caring.com)

Enlist now to help caregivers of veterans (a Memorial Day message from Caregiving Club that can be done anytime throughout the year)

Me Time Monday

Also watch our Me Time Monday video on tips for caregivers of veterans:

God Bless our veterans, those serving and all our military families and caregivers!

 

November is National Hospice Month

Hospice is something many caregivers face at the end of their journey.  It is in this “twilight time” that we realize how important end-of-life wishes are for our loved ones. During this stage you may also encounter palliative care – a transition before hospice care where a loved one with a terminal illness may still seek cures such as chemotherapy or a clinical trial.

In both hospice and palliative care settings, the team-oriented approach of bringing the patient, health care professionals, the family and a spiritual advisor together is a model for how all health care should be treated: physically, emotionally, medically, socially and spiritually for the patient and their family.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling has written about hospice and palliative care in her book, A Cast of Caregivers, and has focused on the importance of end-of-life discussions for family in her articles below:

I Have a Dream – Helping Loved Ones Achieve End-of-Life Wishes

What We Can Learn From Brittany Maynard’s Death (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Casey Kasem’s Legacy for Caregivers (originally published on Forbes.com)

Why You Need to Make Your End-of-Life Wishes Known (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Me Time Monday

Caregiving Club has also create a video with tips on Hospice and end-of-life wishes – watch it here:

 

 

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.”

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!

Celebrity Spotlight – Celebrating Sandwich Generation Caregivers

 

More than 24 million Americans are caught in the middle called the “Sandwich Generation” who are caring for two generations simultaneously: children and older parents.

July marks National Sandwich Generation Month where our CEO Sherri Snelling has interviewed famous Sandwich Generation caregivers  who share their caregiving journeys and their tips on how to balance family, career and caregiving without losing focus on caring for yourself.

Read Sherri’s interviews with these Sandwich Generation caregivers:

Holly Robinson Peete’s Most Challenging Role – Sandwich Generation Caregiver

Kimberly Williams-Paisley – Finding Her Mother Again

Brooke Shields – Endless Love in Caring for Her Mom

Joan Lunden – Coast to Coast Caregiving

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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Each 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 Montel Williams, TV personality, radio talk show host and actor, a champion for those with mulitple sclerosis (which he lives with) and our nation’s family caregivers (which he became when caring for a daughter with lymphoma).

The special supplement is featured in the November 11, 2016 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofPersonalHealth.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:

 

Click here to read Sherri’s article on a new era of on demand caregiving help:

Caregivers On Demand Help Is Here At Last

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Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to have the CARE Conversation:

How to Have the CARE Conversation

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Click here to read Sherri’s article about the volunteerism spirit of family caregivers:

Paying It Forward – Caregivers Are a Volunteer Force

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2015 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri contributed to the same annual feature supplement last year with these articles:

How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain

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7 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burn-out

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Silver Surfers: How Technology Helps Seniors and Caregivers

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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 March 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.