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Episode 16

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This is caregiving during coronavirus: employers can play a critical role in supporting caregiving employees.

Nancy Vasta is the Vice President of Consumer Health Engagement at Cigna and is the strategy lead for all of Cigna’s US customer-facing clinical programs. She is focused on redefining how individuals engage with their health in an evolving delivery system and those individuals, of course, include caregivers. In this episode, Nancy discusses how employers can support caregiving employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Episode 15

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This is caregiving during coronavirus: one woman shares her story caring for her aging parents and her young child.

Michelle Woodbrey epitomizes the sandwich generation. She is raising a daughter – and home schooling her right now, caring for – and worrying about, her aging parents, and running her own business. Michelle, is the Chief Executive Officer, of 2Sisters Senior Living Advisors, a senior living referral service. She shares a very unique perspective on caregiving during the coronavirus pandemic – as a working mother, working daughter, and someone in the senior care industry.

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Episode 14

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This is caregiving during the coronavirus outbreak. And this is some of the advice we need now:

Katie Tardiff is passionate about helping individuals with complex needs live at home for as long as they can. Katie is a Gerontological Nursing Practitioner with over 14 years of experience providing clinical care. She is also the Vice President of Clinical Services for Seniorlink, where she leads efforts that result in the improved quality of life within caregiver homes. In this episode, she shares how caregivers can adapt to these trying times as everyone takes precautions towards limiting the spread of the Coronavirus.

Katie addresses many of the concerns the women from episode 13 raised. In sharing their stories, and Katie’s expertise. we aim to shed a light on the critical role family caregivers play supporting our aging citizens.

The Working Daughter podcast is sponsored by Seniorlink.

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Episode 13


This is caregiving during the coronavirus outbreak. Four women share their stories.

Ellen Minor is frightened that her elderly father who lives with her will fall and she will not be able to have paramedics come and help him up. She is being what her father thinks is ‘too bossy’ but that’s because she cannot take any risks in having him become infected with coronavirus. Amy Carrier also has an aging parent in her home. She has to decide whether or not to bring in outside help. If she doesn’t, then she does not see a realistic way to care for her mother and get her job done. It’s a difficult choice because Amy understands the risks involved, but if she can’t work, then she cannot support her mother.

Veronica Karwoski has been caring for her mother remotely. She has felt a lot of guilt for not being able to bring her mother into her home, but her house is not set up for the extra care her mother would need. They live in the same city, but Veronica still has to exercise caution during the pandemic. Finally, Karen Purze also cares for a parent remotely. Her mother is in a local nursing facility that is not allowing any visitors at this time. Karen desperately wanted to be able to say goodbye to her mother before the lockdown happened and is now trying to navigate this new environment we’re in.

In sharing their stories, we aim to shed a light on the critical role family caregivers play supporting our aging citizens.

The Working Daughter podcast is sponsored by Seniorlink.

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 Harvard Business Review: Balancing Work and Elder Care Through the Coronavirus Crisis

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Welcome to Season 2

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Welcome to Season 2 of the Working Daughter podcast! Season 2 is a three-part series aimed at the millions of Americans caring for aging parents during the coronavirus crisis. Episodes will address the challenges related to caregiving during the pandemic.

Family caregivers are under tremendous amounts of stress right now and it’s important they feel both supported and seen. As senior living facilities and hospitals restrict all visitation, adult children who have served as primary caregivers and advocates for aging and ill family members are cut off from seeing and helping them. And for those family caregivers whose parents live at home or with them, managing their needs and their risk of exposure is incredibly challenging. Meanwhile these caregivers are still working and raising families. This podcast series aims to support them.

We are proud to be sponsored this season by Seniorlink, a tech-enabled health services company focused on supporting family caregivers who care for family members at home. With technology and a dedicated care team comprised of nurses or social workers, caregivers feel supported at all times. With many of their programs, caregivers are able to receive a tax-free daily payment to support the work they do. To be eligible for the program care recipients need to receive Medicaid or are Dual enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid plans.

The Working Daughter podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and other podcast distribution providers.

Episode 12

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Dr. Bill Haley is a Professor at the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida. With his collaborative work with Dr. David Roth of Johns Hopkins University, they have discovered some new things about caregivers that might surprise you. In this week’s episode, Dr. Haley breaks down their research and underlines some of the positive results of caregiving.

Dr. William Haley Faculty Bio

Dr. David Roth Faculty Bio

The Dr. Steven Zarit Burden Scale

Higher mortality risk in caregiving -1999 paper

Lower mortality risk in caregiving – 2015 paper

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Episode 11

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Jennifer Levin is a millennial and was faced with the shocking news at 32; she had to put her father in a nursing facility because of his Parkinson’s disease. At the time, she was heavily focused on her career and living in a different state than her father. sShe felt terribly alone and isolated during that time because none of her peers could relate. Jennifer shares her experience on what it was like caring for her father as a millennial. when her career was just starting to blossom.

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Episode 10

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Anne Ellet, with Memory Care Support,  is a Nurse Practitioner that specializes in Dementia Care. She has seen a wide variety of care facilities that do not allow for patients to express their individual selves and their quality of health is reduced because of it. Simple things like allowing a person to go outside to eat can make a big difference in their quality of life, yet facilities are too afraid to take chances. Ann describes her work with memory care and how we can develop better systems to let those who suffer from dementia prosper in their living environment.

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Episode 9

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Helen Adeosun is the Co-Founder and CEO of CareAcademy, a training center that provides in-home caregivers the education they need to provide excellent care.  On today’s episode, Helen discusses where the culture of caregiving is headed and how adult children can better care for their aging parents as they begin to need extra help.

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Working Daughter: A Guide To Caring For Your Aging Parents While Making A Living

Episode 8

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Ilana Berger works for an organization called Hand in Hand and its mission is to provide fair wages and benefits to domestic workers who help out in your home. If you hire a domestic worker, even if it is to care for your aging parents or your young children, you are an employer! This means you have the ability to provide support and care to the people who helped you the most. Find out on this week’s episode, how you can help make a difference!

Working Daughter: A Guide To Caring For Your Aging Parents While Making A Living