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.

April – National Stress Awareness Month

 

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is one of the biggest challenges caregivers face.  It was cited as the No. 1 problem for those caregivers who felt their health was in decline and is the reason for 90 percent of all doctor appointments. Another study found that caregivers are twice as likely as the general public to develop chronic illnesses earlier in life due to the prolonged stress of caring for a loved one.

Stress is difficult to understand because so often is it invisible. Do you ever have your shoulders hunched? Is your tongue press against the roof of your mouth? These are invisible signs of stress that you don’t realize is impacting your overall health.

Finding ways to manage stress is essential for caregivers. Here are articles from our CEO Sherri Snelling – a national advocate on caregivers finding balance and help for stress relief:

Caregiver RX for Stress: 3 Steps to Me Time Mondayoriginally published on Huff Post 50

Caregiver Stress is No Joke

Caregiver Tipping Pointsoriginally published on Forbes.com

Mars vs. Venus On Caregiver Stressoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

Mondays are the Prescription for Better Caregiver Healthoriginally published on Examiner.com

Caregiving Is A Small World After Alloriginally published on Huff Post 50

Seven Tips to Help Caregivers Avoid Burn-out – originally published in the Caregiving Supplement for USA Today

Also, watch our Me Time Monday™ videos:

Tips on Managing Caregiver Stress:

Tips on Avoiding Caregiver Burn-out:

 

 

 

April 23-29 – National Volunteer Week

 

April 23 through 29 is National Volunteer Week. One of the hardest things for caregivers to do is ask for and accept help. But, if you don’t get a respite break and “time off” now and then, you may wind up more ill than the person for whom you are caring. What is interesting is that a national study found after caring for a loved one, caregivers are 50 percent more likely than the general public to volunteer to help other caregivers.

National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for caregivers to reach out, for friends and family members to step up and for caregiving to become a team sport instead of a solo act. It does take a village, read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article on caregiving and volunteerism:

Paying it Forward – Volunteerism Among Caregiversoriginally published in the Caregiving Supplement for USA Today

8 Ways to Volunteer to Help America’s Largest Volunteer Health Care Work Force: Family Caregiversoriginally published on Huff Post 50

How Online Volunteers Support Caregiversoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

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April is National Humor Month

 

April is National Humor Month and as the saying goes, “Laughter is the best medicine.” If there is one prescription for caregivers to relieve stress it is having a few giggles or a good laugh. Caregiving can bring sadness, fear, anxiety and frustration so finding your inner funny bone is not always easy. But there is a lesson to be learned from the statistics that children laugh on average 350 times a day and adults only 15 times daily.

Two caregivers who also happen to be comedic actors – Seth Rogen along with his wife Lauren Miller and Amy Schumer – are using their funny bones to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis respectively, two diseases that have impacted their families.

Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s articles on humor and caregiving:

Why Laughter is Crucial for Caregiversoriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

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How Seth Rogen is Getting Millennials to Care About Alzheimer’soriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

 

 

April 10 – National Sibling Day

 

 

April 10 is National Sibling Day. When it comes to caring for Mom and Dad, siblings can either form a strong care team or can be the cause of conflict. Understanding each sibling’s role and having the family caregiving conversation earlier rather than later can help make the caregiver journey a smooth ride for all family members.

There is another side to siblings and caregiving: a study found that 18 percent of those caring for someone over age 75 were siblings caring for siblings. And, caring for young adults with disabilities or chronic conditions tend to be managed by siblings and are longer-term and more intensive.

Read our articles from CEO Sherri Snelling about siblings and caregiving:

The Sibling Caregiveroriginally published on PBS Next Avenue

Also, read Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s new book, Where the Light Gets In – Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again, about how she, her father and her siblings formed a cohesive care team for her mom with dementia

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 MS Caregivers

 

Multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the central nervous system, afflicts more than 2.5 million people worldwide. Among those families impacted are some whose names we know including the Osmonds and actress Marg Helgenberger of TV’s CSI  fame.

Alan and Davis Osmond, father and son, are both living with the disease. Sherri Snelling interviewed them for PBS and her book about the challenges, what gives them hope and how family and faith are two of their biggest prescriptions for facing a disease which today has no cure.

Click here to read Sherri’s PBS interview with Alan and David:

The Osmond Family’s Greatest Act – Winning the Daily Battle Against MS (Sherri also featured both Alan and Davis in her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care)

Marg Helgenberger was a young college student in the Midwest when she suddenly became a caregiver for a father with MS (and shortly after a caregiver for her mother with breast cancer). Her experience through caregiving has led her to become a passionate advocate for both diseases. Sherri Snelling interviewed her for Third Age and featured Marg’s caregiving story in her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care).

Read Marg’s story – click here:

Also read Sherri Snelling’s article on Huffington Post about the 1.5 million children under age 18 who are primary caregivers for a loved one – typically a parent or grandparent and her article for PBS Next Avenue about the difference in caring for a mom versus a dad:

Caregiving’s Lost Generation: The Nation’s Children

Difference in Caring for Moms versus Dads

You can watch Sherri Snelling interview Marg Helgenberger from the red carpet at the Race to Erase MS Event:

 

 

 

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.