Linda Abbit has been the primary caregiver for her parents since 2000. Her father has since passed on, and she continues to provide excellent care to her mother, Aida.
A Common Beginning
Linda’s blog is called Tender Loving Eldercare. Tender Loving Eldercare has a noble mission. It’s best to hear it directly from Linda:
This site was created to share my knowledge, resources, experience and insight into family caregiving. As a baby boomer, many friends are starting to face the same issues I have already experienced since my parents are older than most boomers’ parents. I am happy to share what I’ve learned being sole caregiver for my parents since 2000.
I hope it is a place where other family caregivers can go to learn from, encourage and support each other.
Communication Skills Are Key
Through Linda’s great work, I was amazed to learn that 44 million Americans (21% of the U.S. population) are currently providing unpaid care for older friends and family.
As a caregiver, you will undoubtedly have several uncomfortable conversations with your loved one. Whether they revolve around financial issues, healthcare decisions or the necessity to move, good communication skills make these conversations more comfortable.
Linda is currently writing a fantastic multi-part series called the Family Caregiver’s Communication Class. In this series, Linda provides the skills and strategies to ease the discomfort associated with serious family conversations.
Installments of the series include:
- Talking with negative-thinking loved ones
- How to talk with loved ones showing signs of dementia
- How to communicate with loved ones who have physical impairments
I’ve learned a great deal from Linda’s expertise and the Family Caregiver’s Communication Class.
Whether or not you are currently acting as a caregiver, you’ll learn valuable skills from these articles.
It’s a must read!