Which Way is Life
Which Way is Life? is designed to help busy, overworked, stressed out people find their way to a more balanced, healthier, inspired life. Two times a week host Bill Klaproth will interview trendsetting doctors, fitness professionals, life coaches, meditation experts and more in a quest for transformational discovery and positive change.

Ep20 - Care for Aging Parents: Igor Lebovic

From the Show: Which Way is Life
Summary: How to care for aging parents, how to hire a caregiver and five tips to help you through the holidays with Igor Lebovic of Kindly Care.
Air Date: 12/19/16
Duration: 27:00
Host: Bill Klaproth
Guest Bio: Igor Lebovic
Igor LebovicIgor Lebovic started three companies and also spent a number of years as a corporate executive.

His first company, Calorie Count, was acquired by the New York Times, the second one, AirPair, was backed by Y Combinator, and the third company, Kindly Care, recently raised a venture capital round.

Between these startups, Igor served as SVP of Growth at About, and also consulted for Uber and dozens of other companies.
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/kindlycare www.facebook.com/igorlebovic
  • Guest Twitter Account: @ilebovic

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • Why it’s important to run a background check on someone you’re thinking about hiring as a caregiver.
  • Why you should look for an introvert who is happy in service.
  • The two questions you should ask to help you find the right care caregiver: “How did you get into caregiving?” “Tell us about your favorite and least favorite client.”

Other tips for caring for an aging parent:

  • Simplify: shorten visits and events. You do not have to accept all invitations. Determine which ones might be the most important or provide the most joy to your loved one.
  • Watch your family member’s reactions. Pay attention to stress levels and make adjustments as necessary.
  • Maintain the familiar. Old traditions, familiar music, reading/signing holiday cards or other simple customs can be enjoyable and feel comfortable to the impaired individual.
  • Get involved and do something (anything): a short walk to look at Christmas decorations, an animated holiday musical that encourages simulated dancing or swaying, decorating a tree... these are all possible activities.
  • Reminisce about past gatherings, traditions or people. It’s time to bring out those old photo albums!

High Five Highlights:

  • What’s the best way to deal with a negative parent: Deflect the negativity and focus on positivity.
  • Advice he would give his younger self: Work on forming close bonds with people that make me a better person.
  • Best advice he was ever given: Focus on the things you do best and delegate everything else.
  • Most important thing to remember when caring for an aging parent: Remember that this person has a special status in your life and focus on how you can help them.
  • Most important thing he’s learned: Relationships are the most important things in your life.

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