Caregiving 101

Chances are you are an informal caregiver.  An informal caregiver is a spouse, child, grandchild, friend, or relative who provides assistance with everyday tasks and is not paid for their services.   In 2011, informal caregivers provided over 1.3 billion hours of care PER MONTH to persons aged 65 and over.  In addition, roughly 50% of these informal caregivers are employed and managing job responsibilities.  Can you say challenging?  Can you say stressful?

The AARP Foundation has a booklet entitled “Prepare to Care:  A Planning Guide for Families” that walks you through a five steps process.  Click here to download a copy:  http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/prepare-to-care-planning-guide/ .

Now is the time to begin to discuss a caregiving plan that evolves around the needs and wishes of the care recipient.

What did you say? Pay attention!

As we begin another semester, how many times will you find yourself uttering the following:  Are you listening?  Pay Attention!

How do we focus on the Now or even be conscious of it, since neuroscientist, Dr. Bruce Lipton in his book, The Power of Belief,  maintains that 95% of our lives are spent in the unconscious mode as opposed to the critical, conscious mode of presence to the moment.  Continue reading

College 102 – Helping skills for faculty, staff, advisors, and licensed counselors

On Thursday evening, August 18, 2017 I attended a presentation by Katie Trulley, Cindy Kothbauer, and Drew Brabant entitled “Inside Track” at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College encouraging all faculty and staff to engage in helping students in their discernment processes of pursuing and completing their degrees along with experiencing personal fulfillment. Continue reading

An Apologia for Thinking Critically and Creatively

Before I take leave upon my 17 years as a facilitator of learning, one of my favorite courses that I loved to offer as a challenge to the human mind, Thinking Critically and Creatively, is being phased out of the curriculum by the summer of 2018.  Before this fundamentally seminal course for any other course or program becomes merely a whimper in the halls of academia, there is a chorus line of students singing its praises: Continue reading