This presentation is based on Dr. Woodson’s book TO SURVIVE CAREGIVING: A Daughter’s Experience, A Doctor’s Advice.
It can be adapted for family caregivers or the professionals who support them to give excellent elder care without destroying their own physical, financial, emotional or physical health.
- Removes guilt by explaining why the responsibilities of today’s caregivers are so much more challenging than in previous generations.
- Decreases frustration with the health care system by explaining how it works, where it does not work and why. There are also tips for
- orking through the system more effectively.
- Improves communication with physicians by explaining when to call, where to call, who to call about specific types of questions and using the structure of the doctor’s office to improve your chances of getting questions answered.
- Gives voice to difficult feelings of grief, guilt and loss, especially as it concerns nursing home placement, interactions with other family members and end-of-life decisions.
- Gives caregivers permission to move themselves higher up on your “To Do” list.
- Arms caregivers to advocate for public policy that supports seniors and family caregivers.