As I mention at the beginning of the interview, I was excited to interview Barbara Friesner because I was not familiar with the term “generational coach.” As the interview progressed, it was clear that Barbara has a clear understanding of many of the experiences families might experience during the caregiving process. A few thoughts really struck me:
- Regardless of rivalries, siblings care about their parents (almost always)
- Caregiving is a way of honoring your parents
- Having a sibling out of the country puts an enormous pressure on the family
About Barbara Friesner and AgeWiseLiving
Barbara Friesner of AgeWiseLiving is a Generational Coach and an expert on issues affecting seniors and their families. As a Generational Coach, Barbara helps family members help their aging loved ones make and actually implement difficult decisions. Not only does she help the families know what to do, she also help the family communicate with their parents so their parents will actually do what’s in their best interest – usually the hard part. And, since sibling issues can be a big issue for many families, she also help siblings work successfully together.
Eldercare was a journey that started for her more than 25 years as the caregiver first for her grandmother for many years and for the past 17 years for her mother who had severe advanced dementia and became a Generational Coach as a result of her more than 25 years of personal experience.
Barbara is also the creator of The Ultimate Caregiver’s Success System which is filled with over 200 pages of easy-to-follow, well organized, step-by-step solutions that carefully guide you through your most pressing questions. The guide also has comprehensive checklists, and sample worksheets. The System also includes 8 CD’s which seamlessly guide you through the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ behind the what’s in the workbook so nothing is left to chance!
In addition, because Barbara’s mother had dementia, this is a subject that is very near and dear to her heart so she created a CD called Is It Simple Forgetfulness or the Real Thing – which gives all kinds of information about dementia such as: What dementia is – and what it isn’t; other causes of forgetfulness (many of which can be stopped or reversed); how to communicate with someone with dementia; how to keep them as engaged and independent as possible for as long as possible.
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