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Caregiving: Tips on Avoiding a Toxic Family Dynamic

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: How can you mend broken relationships to help care for your aging parents?
Air Date: 10/8/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Pamela D. Wilson, MS
Pamela D Wilson Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA, Certified Senior Advisor specializes in working with family and professional caregivers to navigate healthcare and aging concerns.

Wilson, an expert in the field of caregiving, has personally helped thousands of family and professional caregivers since 2000 in her career as an advocate, a care navigator, and an educator. Through her company, The Care Navigator, she is an advocate and service provider in the roles of guardian, power of attorney, care manager, and transition specialist.

She was producer and host of The Caring Generation®, from 2009 to 2011, an educational radio program for caregivers on 630 KHOW-AM. In addition to her work at the Care Navigator, Pamela gives back to the community by serving as chairperson of the Community Ethics Committee in Denver, Colorado.
  • Book Title: The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes
Caregiving: Tips on Avoiding a Toxic Family Dynamic
As you continue to grow older, so do your parents. Oftentimes in the later years of their life, they may need your help.

You might be concerned about the demands of caring for your parents; but, you may also not get along, which can make working together almost impossible.

Relationship challenges may date back to childhood dynamics that grew increasingly more difficult over time.

Some families simply become ambivalent as adult children move away from parents and contact becomes less frequent.

While many families remain in contact, other family members question the value of making an effort to gather when there is not an emotional connection to make the excursion enjoyable.

After years of avoidance, it becomes difficult for adult children to reverse the prior path, to forgive, and to show up at a family event without being asked a thousand questions of where the child has been and why he or she has avoided family all these years.

How can you mend broken relationships to help care for your parents?

Pamela D. Wilson, MS, shares how you can help care for your parents, while avoiding fights and other toxic behaviors.

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