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Join us for a lively conversation focusing on the diverse aspects caregiving. We will explore the unique and universal issues that all types of caregivers face, whether the caregivers are adult children looking after their senior parents, individuals caring for someone with a terminal or chronic illness, seniors caring for adult children with disabilities, or even extended families providing support and care for a family member with a mental health challenge. We understand the impact one’s commitment to caregiving can have on your life. Caregiving brings time management constraints as well as physical, emotional, and spiritual struggles. In addition, caregivers confront financial obligations, legal ramifications and workplace consequences. By taking this holistic viewpoint, we’ll offer helpful strategies and resources that can be applied for every personal situation. Tune in every week for your solutions on Caregivers’ Circle.

Latest Episodes

Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

I know that all parents probably hear their children, at one time or another, complain that their brother or sister are getting more attention or special treatment than he or she is. Hearing, “But it’s not fair!” is something to which all of us parents can relate. For me, this feeling of unfairness occurs not only in the typical situations, but also in unpredictable times. My son has anxiety and there are many times when his anxiety rises and he needs me. He needs me to leave the room with him, breathe slowly with him, lie down next to him before bed, or stay home from a planned family outing. I see the hurt in my daughter’s eyes when this happens and she has verbalized that she doesn’t have my attention in the same way my son does. What can I do? I want to meet the needs of both of my kids but at times, but if I’m honest, I prioritize my son’s needs when he in crisis, or in order to avoid a crisis. Is this wrong? I certainly feel guilty about it. How do I make up these momen...

29 min2017 FEB 27
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Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Once when I was driving on the highway I noticed a woman, who looked to be about 85 years old, walking on the side of the highway. I looked for a car that she possibly abandoned but didn’t see one. My first thought was that she had Alzheimer’s disease and was lost and wandering. I immediately called 911 to make sure she was okay. You’ve heard about these situations in which a person with memory loss is relocated, or to use a word I hate “placed” in a “secured” setting for their own safety. Most of the time the family tells me about how difficult the decision was for them but they felt they had no choice. Their loved one was no longer safe at home and they didn’t have the time, resources or skill set to manage the symptoms of Dementia. Soon after their loved one’s “admittance” I hear about the senior who is “acting out” or “angry” or “isolating” or “resistant” to being in this new environment. Sounds like a pretty normal and expected reaction. I know I wouldn’t wa...

31 min2017 FEB 20
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Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

I was raised in a family who used guilt as a motivation technique. I say that a bit in tongue and cheek but there are situations in which guilt is used or to drive us into action or as a form of manipulation. I’m not sure if it was my early introduction to guilt or if it is just my personality, but I feel guilty at least 10 times a day about something I have or have not done. Sometimes I can quickly let my guilt go and move forward and other times it keeps me awake at night and leads me to decisions with which I may not actually feel comfortable. Guilt can be used in healthy way, perhaps, to help us reflect on a situation, evaluate our options and to make a better choice. But, guilt can also destroy us emotionally and leave us feeling empty, devastated and not good enough. This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Eboni Green, discusses how to evaluate our guilt and to work through it in an effective and healthy way.

30 min2017 FEB 13
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Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

Caregivers Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – Part 1

Many of my listeners have heard me discuss my family and I think I’ve mentioned my son. When I was pregnant with him, I was sick a lot and I wonder if that was because he was feeling unsettled, even in utero. The moment he was born he needed me intensely, much more than my daughter. He always wanted to be in my arms and would cry and cry when not with me. In the first few years of his life he continued to be very attached to me and I noticed the difference with his behaviour and sensitivity in comparison to my daughter, but just assumed that this was just a usual variation in personalities. I heard many around me tell me I should “give him more space or let him cry”, but it didn’t feel right. If he wanted me why would I reject him? But was my attention to his needs creating this problem? I questioned myself all of the time. As time went on he had a lot of difficulty being independent. Daycare drop off’s were hard, even at 4 and 5 years old. He even went through a few periods wh...

30 min2017 FEB 6
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Caregivers Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – Part 1

Caregivers Circle – Finding Life’s “Sweet Spots”

Most of the time when I speak to my friends, family or colleagues and ask them how they are doing, there is a standard and quick “Good, thanks.” But when we take a moment to really talk about life, I hear about the challenges of finding balance with work, family, caregiving, health, and many other aspects of our day to day experience. But every once and awhile, I hear stories of passion and excitement for new projects at work or at home, a sport or an activity that brings pleasure, or a connection with a loved one that is filled with meaning. Truthfully I think many of us have things or people in our life that bring us happiness but due to the day to day grind of life stressors our blessings and gratitude can blur and be difficult to find. For me, there are many things that bring me pure joy, and what I consider, as my guest says, my “sweet spots” in life. We hear that term used in sports, like for example in baseball, when we hit the ball on the sweet spot, that precise moment ...

30 min2017 JAN 30
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Caregivers Circle – Finding Life’s “Sweet Spots”

Caregivers Circle – This stress is killing me! How to Achieve Health and Wellness for Your Own Sake

My friend was just telling me a story about how the commute to her job is killing her. She’s spending 10 hours in the car each week and she has no time to decompress. Her nights are spent rushing through homework and domestic tasks while her kids feel like she’s only half-there. Due to her guilt and fatigue, her sleep patterns are compromised and so when she is at work she’s only half-performing. This causes more stress and fear that her boss will find her ineffective and eventually she’ll lose her job. My friend is not alone. Stress-related illnesses are a real thing and are costing individuals, like my friend, quality of life. So what can we do to understand the sources of our stress clearly, whether at work or at home, and do something about it before it kills us? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Ken Keis, author of 4 books including The Quest For Purpose How to Find It and Live It; Deliberate Leadership Creating Success Through Personal Style ; Why Aren't You More ...

30 min2017 JAN 23
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Caregivers Circle – This stress is killing me! How to Achieve Health and Wellness for Your Own Sake

Caregivers Circle – Follow these 4 steps to achieve success in your personal and professional life!

There are many moments in each day when many of us question what we’re doing. Am I really a good mother? A good father? A good wife or husband? Am I a good employee doing what I can to move up the corporate ladder? So many of us walk around filled with doubt and afraid and discouraged that what we do not only doesn’t matter, but has not even been successful. Our society uses “success” as a driver for so many things and particularly to define our happiness. But what is success and how do we achieve it? Is success really correlated with happiness? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Janice Quigg, shares her 4 steps to achieve success in our personal and professional life.

30 min2017 JAN 16
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Caregivers Circle – Follow these 4 steps to achieve success in your personal and professional life!

Caregivers Circle – My colleague is crazy! Understanding and destigmatizing mental illness

You arrive at work on a Thursday morning as usual to find your colleagues standing around talking. When you approach and ask what’s going on you are shocked to learn that your supervisor has just asked to take an extended leave. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer. You and your colleagues commiserate on how awful and scary this must be for him and his family. You quickly set up a collection of funds to send him a get well soon card and some gift baskets. Over the next several weeks your colleagues continue to discuss your supervisor’s horrific circumstances and try to find ways to support him and his family. The next week you arrive at work to find your colleagues speaking in hushed tones. When you approach the silence weighs heavy and you wonder what has happened to your supervisor. What you come to find out is that another one of your colleagues has been hospitalized, but this time because of a psychotic episode. You can sense the discomfort of your co-workers and notice h...

29 min2017 JAN 9
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Caregivers Circle – My colleague is crazy! Understanding and destigmatizing mental illness

Caregivers’ Circle – But it’s My Decision! How to Share Decision Making when it Matters Most – Your Health, Your Options

But it’s my decision! I’m the one who’s been taken care of him! What gives you the right to make a decision for me? These are not uncommon statements made by families experiencing medical and health crises. And what about the health care professionals caught in these family disputes? How do they treat and care for a patient when the family is not aligned? Shared-decision making is essential in preserving family harmony while simultaneously meeting the care needs of a sick and vulnerable individual. This week on Caregivers’ Circle Dr. David Alfandre M.D. and I will be reviewing the challenges inherent in decision making among families and health care professionals. Dr. Alfandre will provide specific guidelines and tips for families and staff to follow in order to meet the needs of families and to serve the best-interest of patients.

32 min2017 JAN 2
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Caregivers’ Circle – But it’s My Decision! How to Share Decision Making when it Matters Most – Your Health, Your Options

Caregivers’ Circle – How to Build an Effective Partnership Between Care Provider and Care Receiver

How many times have you walked out of your doctor’s office only to think about the 5 questions you forgot to ask? Or as your driving home you’re saying to yourself, “Wait. I don’t want to take that new medication. Or, wait! I’m not happy with where my treatment is going. Or, wait! Why didn’t I speak up and tell her what my expectations are!” Even though I’m in the health care world and one would think that I know how to advocate for myself and be a partner in the type of care I receive, I still have many moments of being disappointed with myself when I let the doctor run the show and make decisions. I too can become frustrated that I didn’t take a moment to speak up and share concerns that I have about my health. Why is this? Why do so many of us neglect to ensure that we are care partners with our doctors and not just care receivers? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Mark Yaffe, physician at St. Mary’s Hospital and professor at the McGill Department of Family...

32 min2016 DEC 26
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Caregivers’ Circle – How to Build an Effective Partnership Between Care Provider and Care Receiver

Latest Episodes

Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

I know that all parents probably hear their children, at one time or another, complain that their brother or sister are getting more attention or special treatment than he or she is. Hearing, “But it’s not fair!” is something to which all of us parents can relate. For me, this feeling of unfairness occurs not only in the typical situations, but also in unpredictable times. My son has anxiety and there are many times when his anxiety rises and he needs me. He needs me to leave the room with him, breathe slowly with him, lie down next to him before bed, or stay home from a planned family outing. I see the hurt in my daughter’s eyes when this happens and she has verbalized that she doesn’t have my attention in the same way my son does. What can I do? I want to meet the needs of both of my kids but at times, but if I’m honest, I prioritize my son’s needs when he in crisis, or in order to avoid a crisis. Is this wrong? I certainly feel guilty about it. How do I make up these momen...

29 min2017 FEB 27
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Caregivers’ Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – part 2

Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Once when I was driving on the highway I noticed a woman, who looked to be about 85 years old, walking on the side of the highway. I looked for a car that she possibly abandoned but didn’t see one. My first thought was that she had Alzheimer’s disease and was lost and wandering. I immediately called 911 to make sure she was okay. You’ve heard about these situations in which a person with memory loss is relocated, or to use a word I hate “placed” in a “secured” setting for their own safety. Most of the time the family tells me about how difficult the decision was for them but they felt they had no choice. Their loved one was no longer safe at home and they didn’t have the time, resources or skill set to manage the symptoms of Dementia. Soon after their loved one’s “admittance” I hear about the senior who is “acting out” or “angry” or “isolating” or “resistant” to being in this new environment. Sounds like a pretty normal and expected reaction. I know I wouldn’t wa...

31 min2017 FEB 20
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Caregivers Circle – The Invisible Shackles of a Locked, Memory Care Floor

Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

I was raised in a family who used guilt as a motivation technique. I say that a bit in tongue and cheek but there are situations in which guilt is used or to drive us into action or as a form of manipulation. I’m not sure if it was my early introduction to guilt or if it is just my personality, but I feel guilty at least 10 times a day about something I have or have not done. Sometimes I can quickly let my guilt go and move forward and other times it keeps me awake at night and leads me to decisions with which I may not actually feel comfortable. Guilt can be used in healthy way, perhaps, to help us reflect on a situation, evaluate our options and to make a better choice. But, guilt can also destroy us emotionally and leave us feeling empty, devastated and not good enough. This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Eboni Green, discusses how to evaluate our guilt and to work through it in an effective and healthy way.

30 min2017 FEB 13
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Caregivers Circle – Caregiver Guilt can be Transformed to Caregiver Wellness!

Caregivers Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – Part 1

Many of my listeners have heard me discuss my family and I think I’ve mentioned my son. When I was pregnant with him, I was sick a lot and I wonder if that was because he was feeling unsettled, even in utero. The moment he was born he needed me intensely, much more than my daughter. He always wanted to be in my arms and would cry and cry when not with me. In the first few years of his life he continued to be very attached to me and I noticed the difference with his behaviour and sensitivity in comparison to my daughter, but just assumed that this was just a usual variation in personalities. I heard many around me tell me I should “give him more space or let him cry”, but it didn’t feel right. If he wanted me why would I reject him? But was my attention to his needs creating this problem? I questioned myself all of the time. As time went on he had a lot of difficulty being independent. Daycare drop off’s were hard, even at 4 and 5 years old. He even went through a few periods wh...

30 min2017 FEB 6
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Caregivers Circle – Parenting Tips for those Raising a Child with a Mental Illness – Part 1

Caregivers Circle – Finding Life’s “Sweet Spots”

Most of the time when I speak to my friends, family or colleagues and ask them how they are doing, there is a standard and quick “Good, thanks.” But when we take a moment to really talk about life, I hear about the challenges of finding balance with work, family, caregiving, health, and many other aspects of our day to day experience. But every once and awhile, I hear stories of passion and excitement for new projects at work or at home, a sport or an activity that brings pleasure, or a connection with a loved one that is filled with meaning. Truthfully I think many of us have things or people in our life that bring us happiness but due to the day to day grind of life stressors our blessings and gratitude can blur and be difficult to find. For me, there are many things that bring me pure joy, and what I consider, as my guest says, my “sweet spots” in life. We hear that term used in sports, like for example in baseball, when we hit the ball on the sweet spot, that precise moment ...

30 min2017 JAN 30
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Caregivers Circle – Finding Life’s “Sweet Spots”

Caregivers Circle – This stress is killing me! How to Achieve Health and Wellness for Your Own Sake

My friend was just telling me a story about how the commute to her job is killing her. She’s spending 10 hours in the car each week and she has no time to decompress. Her nights are spent rushing through homework and domestic tasks while her kids feel like she’s only half-there. Due to her guilt and fatigue, her sleep patterns are compromised and so when she is at work she’s only half-performing. This causes more stress and fear that her boss will find her ineffective and eventually she’ll lose her job. My friend is not alone. Stress-related illnesses are a real thing and are costing individuals, like my friend, quality of life. So what can we do to understand the sources of our stress clearly, whether at work or at home, and do something about it before it kills us? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Ken Keis, author of 4 books including The Quest For Purpose How to Find It and Live It; Deliberate Leadership Creating Success Through Personal Style ; Why Aren't You More ...

30 min2017 JAN 23
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Caregivers Circle – This stress is killing me! How to Achieve Health and Wellness for Your Own Sake

Caregivers Circle – Follow these 4 steps to achieve success in your personal and professional life!

There are many moments in each day when many of us question what we’re doing. Am I really a good mother? A good father? A good wife or husband? Am I a good employee doing what I can to move up the corporate ladder? So many of us walk around filled with doubt and afraid and discouraged that what we do not only doesn’t matter, but has not even been successful. Our society uses “success” as a driver for so many things and particularly to define our happiness. But what is success and how do we achieve it? Is success really correlated with happiness? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Janice Quigg, shares her 4 steps to achieve success in our personal and professional life.

30 min2017 JAN 16
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Caregivers Circle – Follow these 4 steps to achieve success in your personal and professional life!

Caregivers Circle – My colleague is crazy! Understanding and destigmatizing mental illness

You arrive at work on a Thursday morning as usual to find your colleagues standing around talking. When you approach and ask what’s going on you are shocked to learn that your supervisor has just asked to take an extended leave. He was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer. You and your colleagues commiserate on how awful and scary this must be for him and his family. You quickly set up a collection of funds to send him a get well soon card and some gift baskets. Over the next several weeks your colleagues continue to discuss your supervisor’s horrific circumstances and try to find ways to support him and his family. The next week you arrive at work to find your colleagues speaking in hushed tones. When you approach the silence weighs heavy and you wonder what has happened to your supervisor. What you come to find out is that another one of your colleagues has been hospitalized, but this time because of a psychotic episode. You can sense the discomfort of your co-workers and notice h...

29 min2017 JAN 9
Comments
Caregivers Circle – My colleague is crazy! Understanding and destigmatizing mental illness

Caregivers’ Circle – But it’s My Decision! How to Share Decision Making when it Matters Most – Your Health, Your Options

But it’s my decision! I’m the one who’s been taken care of him! What gives you the right to make a decision for me? These are not uncommon statements made by families experiencing medical and health crises. And what about the health care professionals caught in these family disputes? How do they treat and care for a patient when the family is not aligned? Shared-decision making is essential in preserving family harmony while simultaneously meeting the care needs of a sick and vulnerable individual. This week on Caregivers’ Circle Dr. David Alfandre M.D. and I will be reviewing the challenges inherent in decision making among families and health care professionals. Dr. Alfandre will provide specific guidelines and tips for families and staff to follow in order to meet the needs of families and to serve the best-interest of patients.

32 min2017 JAN 2
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Caregivers’ Circle – But it’s My Decision! How to Share Decision Making when it Matters Most – Your Health, Your Options

Caregivers’ Circle – How to Build an Effective Partnership Between Care Provider and Care Receiver

How many times have you walked out of your doctor’s office only to think about the 5 questions you forgot to ask? Or as your driving home you’re saying to yourself, “Wait. I don’t want to take that new medication. Or, wait! I’m not happy with where my treatment is going. Or, wait! Why didn’t I speak up and tell her what my expectations are!” Even though I’m in the health care world and one would think that I know how to advocate for myself and be a partner in the type of care I receive, I still have many moments of being disappointed with myself when I let the doctor run the show and make decisions. I too can become frustrated that I didn’t take a moment to speak up and share concerns that I have about my health. Why is this? Why do so many of us neglect to ensure that we are care partners with our doctors and not just care receivers? This week’s guest on Caregivers’ Circle, Dr. Mark Yaffe, physician at St. Mary’s Hospital and professor at the McGill Department of Family...

32 min2016 DEC 26
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Caregivers’ Circle – How to Build an Effective Partnership Between Care Provider and Care Receiver
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