Shared Caregiving Stories

Guest blog by one of Idaho’s caregivers, Jeannette D. Mayer. Stand Closer, It’s Shoter than You Think This age-old joke never gets old. How many of them can you think of? How many of you have some hanging in your bathroom? They all are great to get a giggle. Now to get to the touchy … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories

Idaho caregiver, Jeannette D. Mayer, shares her story of letting go in the following blog post titled  Lessons Learned: Sometimes We Just Have to Say ‘Goodbye’   All of us living in a military family have those friends and family members who just don’t seem to understand “a day in the life of a military … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories

Guest blog by Jeannette D Mayer, a caregiver and R4 Board Member Happiness was grabbing that handful of popcorn mixed with chocolate M&M’s® to find the Peanut M&M’s® hiding in there. For many years, these delightful milk chocolates wrapped around tasty peanuts were jokingly called “Happy Pills” in my house. My favorite snack was mixing … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories

How Expo Markers Saved Our Military Family. Guest blog by Jeannette D. Mayer. Every day I look at my husband and am reminded how lucky I am that he was able to come to me… to us! DeWayne came home to our daughter Addy and me after using five of his nine lives from May … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Shared Caregiving Stories

Why I go to the gym Guest Blog, Jeannette D. Mayer For as long as I can remember, my husband and daughter have given me a hard time about getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Over the years it hasn’t been easy overcoming the negativity that comes from them about my … Continue reading Shared Caregiving Stories

Reflecting Back on our Legislative Lunch

On March 19, 2019, the Idaho Caregiver Alliance hosted our first legislative lunch at the Idaho State Capitol. The event was open to all caregivers, their loved ones, and our legislators. The lunch, sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho and Molina Healthcare, was an opportunity to help connect caregivers with their legislators in a setting … Continue reading Reflecting Back on our Legislative Lunch

Uniquely Yours but Similar Enough

As a caregiver you’ve faced several challenges that are uniquely yours. Although these challenges (both good and bad) are unique there are similarities to somone else’s caregiver situation. Sharing your story and opening your heart are two very generous gifts you can offer a fellow caregiver.  Here is an Inspirational story of opening your heart … Continue reading Uniquely Yours but Similar Enough

Start a Caring Collaborative your area

Starting a new social group can sound daunting but the rewards are priceless. Caring Collaborative Networks are popping up across the country. Social groups or caring collaboratives are a great way to learn and share with fellow caregivers; consequently providing a form of respite. The Transition Network has all the information you need to get … Continue reading Start a Caring Collaborative your area

For this Father’s Day, have the conversation

Happy Father’s Day. Protecting your child(ren) is a responsibility that never goes away which is why having a conversation on advance care planning is so important. These conversations help your loved ones become aware of and understand your wishes. It will not alleviate all stress but can decrease the amount of stress experienced by not … Continue reading For this Father’s Day, have the conversation

Care Culture

Does your business or the company you work for have a care culture you can be proud of? Do you feel supported by your employer when it comes to having to tend to your caregiving responsibilities? Here is a great report released by Harvard Business School https://www.hbs.edu/managing-the-future-of-work/Documents/The_Caring_Company.p https://www.hbs.edu/managing-the-future-of-work/Documents/The_Caring_Company.pdf df