About Caregiving With Purpose…
Welcome to the award-winning CaregivingWithPurpose.com.
Whether you are a family caregiver, a professional caregiver or both, the journey of caregiving affects you and your family. “The Call” to caregiving often comes abruptly and unexpectedly, catching you off guard.
Because, first it’s all new – new experiences, new responsibilities, new living arrangements, new ways to communicate. Maybe you never thought you’d be a caregiver—and caregiving often starts abruptly without warning. And just when you grasp what’s happening, you find the increasing demands and even the situation are constantly changing!
It’s easy to go into overwhelm, and your reaction is normal!
You probably have or will experience a variety of emotions – paralysis, distancing, denial, anger, frustration and fear can all be part of your daily life..
And time pressures can add to your sense of overwhelm when you feel you need answers to your questions yesterday!
We know what it’s like because we’ve lived it and are here to help.
Our mission at Caregiving With Purpose is to be the best and most complete resource of solutions and support for both family and professional caregivers.
Caregiving is a journey. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. And the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel of Caregiving With Purpose helps you in each stage of your journey.
Whether you are a long distance caregiver or share the same living space, you are a caregiver and can find the help and support you need here.
The Caregiver’s Heart Wheel for CaregivingWithPurpose.com is in the shape of hearts and follows the caregiver’s journey and heart. Mouse or scroll over the boxes below to follow the hearts around the Caregiver’s Heart Wheel for articles to guide your caregiving journey…
Caregiving involves many conditions. Dementia is one condition that impacts everyone it touches, not just the caregiver and carereceiver.
Alzheimer’s is the #1 cause of dementia, but not the only cause.
How widespread is it? Well, 1 in 3 seniors dies with some form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s is now the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S., and the only one in the top 10 with no known prevention, treatment to slow progression or cure.
Caregivers need to be aware of dementia including Alzheimer’s. Scroll over and click on the box on the left for articles about dementia including Alzheimer’s.
While caregiving can be the best thing you ever do, it can also be the hardest thing you ever do. Caregiving can be filled with moments of joy and delight and feelings of isolation, loneliness and constant stress.
Our programs and resources help you make the most of these moments and opportunities with your carereceiver. We also show you how to overcome and transform these emotional challenges so you can be a Happy & Healthy Caregiver.
Can we help YOU?
Just fill in the box below to schedule your complimentary Caregiving Challenges & Solutions Session. We’ll review your current situation and give you tips and ideas you can start using right away.
About Dr. Ina…
Dr. Ina began her practice in 1984 in primary care adult medicine. After several years she went back to school to train as an Infectious Diseases specialist and later became an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albany Medical College where she worked with HIV patients and their caregivers. Several years later she assumed more care of her ailing elderly mother Clara, and Dr. Ina soon experienced the full impact and stress of combining a demanding career with primary caregiving.
The isolation of caring alone for an elderly parent while working odd hours became overwhelming. It affected Dr. Ina’s entire life profoundly—both professionally and personally as she struggled to find herself without losing herself including her health to the burdens of caregiving. She realized most of her life had been spent as a caregiver—both informally for family and professionally as a physician. Even doing both at the same time!
In the depths of the darkness of caring for Clara on her final journey with a seemingly unconcerned health care system Dr. Ina found her voice. She realized without her medical expertise her family could not have survived that time. In the dawn of this realization and recovery from this experience she found her life mission:
Helping others to not just survive but Thrive in Caregiving!