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FREE WEBINAR – Managing Caregiver Emotions When the Going Gets Tough

June 27th, 2016

Join me this Wednesday evening the 29th at 7pm EST for a FREE WEBINAR at The Caregiver Network – details below. Managing Emotions When The Going Gets Tough + Google Calendar + iCal Export

This session is intended for Caregivers

How can uncomfortable emotions be managed when caregiving…
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WHAT BREXIT MEANS TO UK CAREGIVERS AND WHY POLICY MATTERS EVERYWHERE

June 26th, 2016

News feeds are awash in stories of the BREXIT referendum debacle in the UK.  Weak and deceitful campaigns on both sides of the argument about whether to leave the European Union or not resulted in a surprise victory by the ‘Leavers’, prompting the Prime Minister to resign.  The nation is wringing its hands, lamenting ‘what have we done?’.  What does…
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It’s Not Easy Being Seen

June 23rd, 2016

As a cyclist I have come to realize that community organizers, social entrepreneurs and innovators share a common fear with bike riders – NOT BEING SEEN. The result of not being seen are derailments, detours and other disasters. They undermine your momentum and threaten your pride and joy. Even though you have something substantial there are a number of reasons…
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Helping Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

June 20th, 2016

A Guest Post by Donna Fitzgerald As a caregiver, it’s likely you’ve helped to fill out and assisted with mountains of important paperwork. If you are caring for a loved one or have recently become employed to help care for someone with a debilitating medical condition, there’s a good chance that he or she is no longer able to work
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ABOUT SPECIAL DADS

June 18th, 2016

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  In the realm of disability and family, we talk most often about mothers.  But today, I would like to say a few words about what it means to appreciate the Dads in our lives.

My own father, James Edward Thomson, was a gentle, kind and funny man who was much loved and died too young.
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I Shall Not Hate

June 16th, 2016

This is a good time to remember how much we can learn from the peacemakers among us. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish In 2008 during an Israeli air strike, two rockets smashed into the bedroom of Dr. Abuelaish’s daughters at their Gaza home. Three of his eight daughters were killed along with his niece. Here is his haunting description from his book,…
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I Shall Not Hate

June 16th, 2016

This is a good time to remember how much we can learn from the peacemakers among us. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish In 2008 during an Israeli air strike, two rockets smashed into the bedroom of Dr. Abuelaish’s daughters at their Gaza home. Three of his eight daughters were killed along with his niece. Here is his haunting description from his book,…
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A Stranger Asks, “So, Do You Work?”

June 13th, 2016

A stranger asks, “What do you do?”.  They really mean, ‘do you WORK?’.  When you reply that you care for a loved one, they look past your shoulder, scanning the room for an escape route. At the grocery store, someone you used to know walks by, averting their eyes.  Conversations with people apart from other caregivers can be difficult and…
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A Stranger Asks, “So, Do You Work?”

June 13th, 2016

A stranger asks, “What do you do?”.  They really mean, ‘do you WORK?’.  When you reply that you care for a loved one, they look past your shoulder, scanning the room for an escape route. At the grocery store, someone you used to know walks by, averting their eyes.  Conversations with people apart from other caregivers can be difficult and…
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ABCD is the new E = mc 2

June 9th, 2016

I’ve been a community organizer for most of my life. I only began to understand what I could be doing after hearing John McKnight speak about Asset Based Community Development. (ABCD) This led to a life long friendship with John and an invitation to be part of his ABCD faculty at Northwestern. There is a lot of energy in
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