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THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Family Caregivers Face the Future

November is National Caregiving Month, so I could think of no better reason than to tell you about two new trends in caregiving.  And they’re both good news for families.

The first is called The Greenhouse Project.  It’s an international movement in humanising eldercare, but it was a small project in Wyoming that caught my . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Family Caregivers Face the Future

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Building a Winning Advocacy Team for Family Caregivers

At first, advocating for care seems like a daunting, almost impossible task.  But like any unwieldy job, the trick is to break it down into manageable building blocks.  I’ve tried to simplify the how-to’s of advocating for care in a workshop that I give for caregivers called “How to Know What You Want and . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Building a Winning Advocacy Team for Family Caregivers

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Illness, Aging and Disability

In the days, months and years since my father’s first stroke, since the birth of my two children, since the diagnosis of our son’s disabilities and more recently, since my mother’s increasing infirmity, I have scoured books and my own memories to find meaning in my caregiving experiences.

With my Dad and with Nicholas, there . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Lessons in the Meaning of Illness, Aging and Disability

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Advocating for Care: How to Win, How to Lose

I’ve been buried under a pile of blankets recently trying to keep warm – it’s been -30 degrees where I live in Canada!  But I’ve also been holed up designing the meat of a workshop on advocacy for family caregivers.

A quick google search into other such advocacy workshops reveals….nothing.  There are lots of advocacy . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Advocating for Care: How to Win, How to Lose

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Fairness in Policymaking for Family Caregivers: Part 3

This is Part 3 of my mini-series on fairness in policymaking for our families.  It’s taken from my book, The Four Walls of My Freedom.  I am a Canadian who has lived in my own country, in the UK and in the United States.  With the US Presidential debate this evening, I encourage in . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Fairness in Policymaking for Family Caregivers: Part 3