Moving Your Aging Parents: Fulfilling Their Needs and Yours Before, During, and After the Move

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Topics of conversation:

  • The most important thing to remember when helping parents transition to a move, and the devastating effects if not considered.
  • Beginning the process early – Helpful tips on how to initiate difficult conversations, preventing unnecessary family/sibling drama, letting go of treasured belongings, legal documents and more.
  • “Watch Lights” for determining whether alternative housing should be considered – great tips as we approach the holiday season.
  • Nancy relates to her own experience transitioning her mother, learning through experience, and the incredible bond they formed late in life,
  • Useful tips for caregivers – burnout and meltdown prevention, setting healthy boundaries, and how a positive approach will actually support the health of the caregiver.

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Nancy Wesson is the author of the award winning book, Moving Your Aging Parents, and a former medical audiologist and Director of a state wide medical program for the aging hearing impaired.  She is the owner of Focus On Space and is an expert at creating safe and emotionally sustaining physical, mental and spiritual spaces. Her work is transformative regardless of age or life stage, as she empowers her clients with life transitions, reclaiming their energy and power,  living their life-path or  finale stages.  Nancy moved back from the D.C. area a few years ago to be back in the Texas Hill Country and has recently renovated a mid-50’s house, giving them both a new life.   She has presented on such topics as Feng Shui, Organization, Intuition and Time and Resource Management  at the United States Department of Justice, The United States Department of Labor, KLRU Public Television,  Austin Board of Realtors, Princess Cruise Lines and the Texas Medical Health Quality Institute.    Her syndicated column for the Austin Homesteader appear on her website www.FocusOnSpace.com

Moving Your Aging Parents: Fulfilling Their Needs and Yours Before, During, and After the Move
Nancy Daniel Wesson
Loving Healing Press (2009)
ISBN 9781615990139
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Synopsis:
Will you be ready when it’s time…?
Whether whittling down to the essentials for a parent moving into a room or two or downsizing for ourselves, ignoring the spirit and basing decisions on health and safety alone could have devastating results.

In this hope filled book you will learn how to:

  • Identify needs and desires to create a quality new life
  • Cope with the Depression Era mind-set
  • Create emotionally sustaining environments to nurture the soul
  • Ready and sell the family home
  • Ask the RIGHT questions to help divest of treasures
  • Manage your energy and spirit throughout the process
  • Determine when it’s time to consider alternative placement
  • Perform the ordinary in a non-ordinary way — allowing you to preserve and heal family relationships
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Posted on January 11, 2010, in Author Interviews, Featured Authors, How To, Parenting, Personal Growth, Podcast. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have expressed the following thoughts before on several blogs. However, I believe they are worth repeating. Caregiver burnout is a major issue for those with this awesome responsibility. Don’t overlook the role of humor to make things more bearable. Things that made me angry and frustrated when my mother (who had dementia)was alive, in retrospect are filled with funny happenings. This is true too for the many caregivers who read my blog and contact me about my book which emphasizes humor as a healing balm. Caregivers need all the emotional support they can get. Dementia is a disease that knows no boundaries. It is blind to thecategories in which we usually place our fellow human beings. It can occur at the age of 55 or 85. It can happen to Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Christians, Muslims, males and females, rich and poor. It will not spare ex-presidents or ex-prime ministers. It did not spare my mother. Tears are shed by husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters—in fact anyone responsible for the care of a loved one with dementia.Bob Tell, AuthorDementia Diary, A Caregiver’s Journalhttp://www.dementia-diary.comhttp://caregiverchronicle.blogspot.com/

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