2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation- Episode 5

Baby Weight How in the world do you find time for yourself? Baby weight, the freshman 15, and pandemic pounds are “socially acceptable” reasons for carrying extra weight, but what about caregivers like us? What about aging parent pounds? Kristine shares techniques on how to take some time for ourselves. She had us drooling over

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2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation- Episode 4

Snowplows and Home Care When your plans fall through what are you going to do? Our plow company didn’t show up after the recent 29 inches of snow. We were unprepared. This isn’t unlike the calls we get when a home care agency can’t fill a shift. In this episode, Michelle, Alyson, Kristine and Emily

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2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation- Episode 3

Our Why What is revenge procrastination insomnia and how did it lead to this podcast? We stay up way too late spending time procrastinating on going to bed, sucked in by social media and binge-watching TV. We noticed groups all over social media platforms offering support for adults who are struggling to care for their

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2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation- Episode 2

Choosing Your Battles Something’s got to give, but how do we know what? And when? The line between our personal lives and our professional lives is blurrier than ever with so many of us working from home these days. It’s a new level of multitasking and, sometimes, when we hit a groove, it can feel

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2Sisters Speak: Surviving the Sandwich Generation- Episode 1

Peas and Proper Pants The 2Sisters, Michelle and Alyson, discuss which battles are worth the fight. Emily’s daughter is starting to eat solid food and won’t eat peas or any vegetables, naturally she is concerned. Our client’s father lives in a memory care neighborhood, and she keeps finding him wearing other people’s pants. What is

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The Gift of Help

I’ll be honest — I don’t like asking for help. Alyson and I were brought up to believe that independence is important and that we should learn how to solve problems and get things done for ourselves. So, when we launched our company almost eleven years ago, we bought a couple of laptops, set up

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The Value of a “Winter Stay”

Last year, our client David came to us with a dilemma we often see. His mom, Mary, had always been fiercely independent and shut down the conversation any time David tried to talk to her about making a change. She was resistant to having people in her home but needed help to manage day-to-day. When

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Prepare for Winter Now

I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was mid-August and I was shopping in the supermarket with my daughter, Fiona, when we turned the corner and suddenly found ourselves face-to-face with a HUGEdisplay of Halloween stuff: ghosts, witches, skeletons, candy … the whole thing. Frankly, I found it a bit unnerving. I hadn’t even really begun

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Wait Lists Can Be Your Friend

Last week, we received a call from a client who we wished had gone onto wait lists. This was someone whose father had reached the point where he could no longer live on his own: “We are finally ready to move dad to a memory care community. As you may recall, he is adamant about

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Ask the Right Questions, the Right Way

Now that the world is beginning to open up again (yay!), older adults and their loved ones in search of an assisted living community can once again conduct on-site visits and face-to-face interviews with staff. Virtual visits were surprisingly effective, but nothing compares to seeing firsthand what a community looks like, how caregivers interact with

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