Live Well Die Well with Kimberly C. Paul_044

It takes courage to give up your six figure career and hit the road in an RV. And that’s exactly what Kimberly has done. She is on a mission to empower people to talk about death and end of life wishes. Through her death positive movement, she is learning that she is living well in the process.

Kimberly shares her personal story of loss, which was a reason for this leap of faith. She wrote a book called Bridging the Gap:Life Lessons of The Dying  and has taken to the road to promote what she has learned.

Find out where you can see her as she travels the country in her RV with her German Shepherd, Raven. Check out the Live Well Die Well Tour   and find out where you can see Kimberly on the road. And check out her podcast Death by Design  and her TedX Talk

You can follow her on Linked In and Twitter as Kimberly C. Paul and on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube as Live Well Die Well Tour

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Vital Decisions with Dr. Connie Ducaine_043

Dr. Connie Ducaine, VP of Strategic Solutions, Vital Decisions

Vital Decisions is an organization that helps people with advanced illness figure out what their values so they can make decisions about their end of life care based on their preferences and priorities.

Their engagement rate is 60-70% of clients they do outreach calls to. They have supported over 100,000 clients and their families and healthcare providers by enabling patients to make informed choices, based on their wishes for themselves.

This program is available through insurance companies. How do you find out if you have access to their program?

  • call your insurance company and ask if they are working with Vital Decisions
  • If not, ask what services they have available to help with advanced care planning
  • Call Vital Decisions directly at 1-800-301-3984
  • You can also find Vital Decisions on LinkedIn

Dr. Ducaine is also doing research regarding how healthcare professionals who work with patients approaching the end of life are supported, and how this impacts burnout and sustainability.

What she has found is not rocket science. Providers who take care of themselves (and/or are well supported at work), suffer less burnout and can do the work longer than those who don’t.

This goes for family caregivers too. It is important to proactively create an environment which which supports your physical and emotional health, so you can be the best caregiver you can be.

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The Year In Review_042

2018 has been a whirlwind. I committed to putting out a weekly podcast since I launched in early March and I did it! Well, at least until now. I have had some incredible guests share their experiences as caregivers. All as a way to help you. Let’s review the amazing resources available to you as a result of their willingness to share. And I will be back in January 2019 with more new episodes and valuable resources. Happy Holidays!

The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving with Judith D. Henry_041

Judith was living and working on the West Coast when her parents’ health declined, requiring her to return to Florida to be able to assist with their care. As a result of her family caregiver experience, she wrote a handbook which offers invaluable information to other family caregivers that she learned the hard way.

The Dutiful Daughter’s Guide to Caregiving: A Practical Memoir 

In her book, Judith shares invaluable information which reinforces the need to ask questions like:

  • How long will my Mom/Dad be in the hospital?
  • Are they admitted or under observation status?

And to consider the “real cost of caregiving”, because it very often affects YOU!! There are 65 million family caregivers and 60% of them (mostly women) are working outside the home, while providing care. It is SO important to understand the complexities of this.

You can find out more by listening to this episode and checking out Judith at:

and her Facebook page @judithhenrywriter

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The Thanksgiving Talk_040

This was hanging in the elevator at the assisted living facility my Mom spent the last 2 years of her life in. I thought it was appropriate for today’s post. When your parent’s are no longer alive, the holidays are different. But I’m grateful. They both instilled in me a love of family and time spent together during the holidays.

Today’s episode is a gentle nudge (well, maybe an in your face nudge), to start the conversation with your parents this weekend. I share some statistics that reflect that fact that people want to talk about end of life wishes, but it isn’t happening. So someone just needs to start the ball rolling. Why me you ask? Why not you…

Resources to help you:

My Last Soundtrack

Death Over Dinner

The Conversation Project

Please consider a donation to end senior hunger:

Meals On Wheels America

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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