Dear Frustrated Caregiver,
If you and I were chatting over a couple of lattes (or perhaps a stronger beverage) and I asked you what was keeping you up at night about dealing with your aging parent, would answer a resounding ‘YES’ to these questions?
Do you face stony resistance over merely hinting it’s time your stubborn parents leave the home they’ve lived with for years?
Do you meet a brick wall when asking your challenging folks to simply consider bringing in household support to perform basic daily tasks?
Do you feel it takes Super-Human perseverance and patience to make even small strides with your emotionally-needy elders?
And, most importantly…
You’re Overwhelmed, Right?
Between caring for your impossible aged and still trying to handle your own life with a host of competing demands that may include a full-time job, a significant other, children, grand-children, home maintenance never mind your own health issues…
…There may be many days when you feel totally burdened and exhausted.
Apart from bringing up an infant, no other time of life will leech so much energy from your precious reserves. And, between you and me, caring for your aging loved ones is just not as much fun as caring for a toddler, is it? Even when they were in their “terrible two’s”, they were so darned cute. But what do you do when the folks who are now in their senior years act out, too?
You’re trying your best…but, if you could
wave your magic wand what would life look like?
You’ve got peace of mind knowing you’ve done everything you can to ease your aging parents’ “final” days.
You’ve successfully navigated the eldercare marathon and crossed the finish line feeling you’ve done a great job.
You’ve stayed healthy, physically and emotionally, all the while guiding your elderly parents through their many issues.
“Surrendering the car keys and other mistakes to avoid when dealing with difficult elders.” Success Coach (Guru) Jack Canfield role-plays with Eldercare Expert Carol-Ann Hamilton in a spirited and fun interview.
The problem is magic wands work only in movies.
In your heart of hearts, I am sure you’d want to see your folks through this marathon with caring plus genuine support. It’s just that day-in and day-out you start off with the best of intentions only to see it all go to hell in a hand basket. I so get that!
How do you go from wanting to pull out your hair by the roots to a state of calm despite the growing crises?
How do you stop putting a lid on what you really want to say out of anger to seeing your aggravating situation from a new point of view?
How do you engage in courageous conversations about tough subjects like driving and finances?
You Can’t Do It Alone.
(Well, you can but why would you?!)
And now we come to the core of the problem.
If you’re like me when I was in your shoes, the feelings of total isolation almost crushed me. A good day for me was simply surviving. Bless my husband and supportive friends for their patience as they held my hand during those dark days, months, and years.
But, what do you do when you don’t have the emotional and tactical support you need?
Well, that’s why I have created a unique and innovative coaching program specially designed with you in mind.