FSA Dollars for Caregiving Support Services

By Denise Brown | May 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

Through our partnership with Truemed, you may be eligible to use your HSA or FSA dollars for Caregiving Support Services that help you manage your caregiving stress and worries. Beginning July 1, you may be eligible to use pre-tax dollars to pay for support services offered through Certified Caregiving Consultants, […]

Family Caregiver Consumers Are Everywhere

By Denise Brown | May 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

We need to remember we have family caregiver consumers everywhere. Lots of news this week about the family caregiving experience and companies launching services to help them, including: A new report from S&P Global about the working family caregiver. Research from the report found: Most respondents (84%) said caregiving had […]

What Will I Test?

By Denise Brown | May 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

I like to test out ideas, possibilities and opportunities. What will work, I’ll wonder. Let’s take some tests this week and then grade the test to see what gets an A. We can test: whether a new habit works. Earlier this year, I started stretching while my coffee brews in […]

What About Our Quality of Life Within the Systems?

By Denise Brown | May 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

On Thursday, I facilitated a conversation with two family caregivers: Barbara Corley, who cares for her sister and her husband, and Jaclyn Greenberg, who cares for her son. You can watch our discussion, below. Our conversation focused on the family caregiver’s stuffed calendar and expanded into a discussion about our […]

What Event Can I Attend?

By Denise Brown | May 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Last fall, after my father died, I had the opportunity to attend in-person events again. It was fabulous to show up at events that attracted individuals passionate about the same topics as I. The conversations and relationships I developed by attending these events have become opportunities for collaboration. I attended […]

What Will I File Today?

By Denise Brown | May 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

I feel so much better after I file paperwork. My work space looks clean, uncluttered and inviting. I like to file more than paper. I especially love to file away an idea that I can pursue when I have more time and resources. Filing the idea is a way to […]

The Identity Question of Family Caregivers

By Denise Brown | May 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

Our actions identify us as family caregivers to the health care systems all the time. A few weeks ago, a colleague tagged me in a LinkedIn post that asked this question: “Why don’t family caregivers identify as caregivers?” My colleague graciously shared that I define a family caregiver as anyone […]

A Hot Mess

By Denise Brown | April 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

“A hot mess.” That’s how a family caregiver described the health care system during a presentation I gave last Tuesday on the six caregiving stages at a caregiving event hosted by Southern Illinois University. The following day (Wednesday), I gave a presentation on difficult family dynamics to a group of […]

How Will I Eliminate Awful Today?

By Denise Brown | April 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

For many years, I struggled with how to manage awful people I encountered. I tried reason, logic and kindness, believing that they just needed information delivered with sensitivity to change their ways. But awful people are awful because they aren’t reasonable, logical or kind. I’ve learned to simply stop engaging […]