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For many, the holidays are a time of family, love, and happiness. But what about families who may not get along—truly are there any perfect families? What about coming home to visit parents and finding a house in disrepair, parents who have lost weight, and who appear to be physically and mentally failing? What about being an older adult who knows assistance is needed however you are fearful of asking your children for assistance because you don’t want to be a burden? There are truly two sides to caregiving and parents and adult children find this subject difficult, if not impossible, to discuss in a positive manner.   


All of us at The Care Navigator wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season and a happy new year.


In this newsletter are 3 articles to share with your family, your adult children, and other caregivers you know and one of my all-time favorite videos about family relationships:

More FREE articles, videos, and podcasts are available on my caregiver support website at The Caring Generation. Please share this website with other caregivers you know who might benefit from a library of information relating to caregiving.


If you are a caregiver looking for a single source of information, my book,  The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life's Unexpected Changes offers helpful advice and recommendations.


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AnchorThe Caregiving Trap: Family Relationships


Caregiving, Family, and The Holidays

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Caregiving, family, and the holidays; all emotional words depending on one’s perception of combining all three together. For some caregiving is an emotionally draining act. For others being with family during the holidays (or any time during the year) stirs up the same emotions. For others caregiving and family, in small doses, works perfectly.

What is it about the holiday season that we like and dislike? Some say the commercialism of having to buy presents. Why not make a present rather than buy a present. My parents loved to garden. Mom made canned tomatoes, pickles, and strawberry jam. This led me to make and gift jars of plum jam one holiday when we lived in a home that had the most fabulous plum tree in the front yard that gave off hundreds of plums one summer.

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AnchorCaregiving Battles: Sibling Relationships

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

How many of you, when young, vied for the attention of your parents? How many of you today, feel that your parents have “favorites” among their children. These early differences between children and perceptions of parental favorites carry on in later life when parents need the support of adult children in caregiving situations.

Is it possible to put aside childhood—or even adult differences—to provide care for parents? It is possible to set aside past hurts to forgive in order to support end of life family relationships with parents?

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The Realities of Family Caregiving

By Pamela D. Wilson, CSA, MS, BS/BA, CG

Many young people I know have never stepped inside a nursing home.  Yet our parents and grandparents have sickening visions of nursing homes that play in their minds like a horror movie especially when they think about getting older and the possibility that they might have to live in a nursing home.

The nursing environment has changed significantly from the memory our parents and grandparents hold, however the fear of being “put away” remains in the minds of older adults. My own mother made us promise never to put her in a nursing home or the threat was that she would come back and haunt us. Fortunately, my mother passed away never having spent a single day in a nursing home.

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AnchorThe Care Navigator - Frequently Asked Questions:
  • How do I decide if services of the Care Navigator can help me?

Pamela D. Wilson of The Care Navigator offers a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to allow you to present the details of your situation, to ask questions and to determine if The Care Navigator is able to provide support that is a good fit for your situation. The Care Navigator offers as little or as much support as desired -- ranging from a one hour in office consultation to the services of care navigation, care advocacy, care oversight and care coordination, assessments and service as a guardian, power of attorney or personal representative. We tailor our services to meet your needs.

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The fact that you are asking this question proves that you are aware of the benefits of asking the right questions and the importance of this aspect in arriving at a positive outcome. During the FREE 15 minute phone consultation and throughout our work with you, you will be asked questions to help you understand the complexities of situations so that you become more educated and informed and better able to advocate for your situation.

  • What if my loved one has a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease?

If you have a loved one diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease, accessing the services of The Care Navigator is even more important. Understanding the effects of the diagnosis on daily life and making plans for the future are critical to ensure that a loved one's wishes will be fulfilled. Some individuals with dementia experience significant changes in behaviors that threaten or frighten loved ones. Others refuse care. By having a better understanding of the disease process and the options for support you will be able to support needed care for your loved one.

  • How do we decide what support is beneficial?
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AnchorHow to Access Information in the FREE Family Library 
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To access the articles in this newsletter, click any of the “Click here to read the entire article" links above. If you want to read entire articles in the family library, take the next steps:.
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Thank you for allowing me to be of service,

Pamela D. Wilson
The Care Navigator, The Caring Generation, and author of the book, The Caregiving Trap

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