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Carol O'Dell Patient Expert

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Carol D. O’Dell’s world changed the day she was adopted. Taken from Daytona Beach to Atlanta and raised by adoring parents of a fiery faith, Carol was steeped in Bible stories and bedtime stories. She is drawn to the Southern, the reverent and irreverent found in art, nature, faith,... Full Bio
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Screw Growing Old…I’m Growing Young! by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Remember that leap your heart made when a friend knocked on your door and asked your mom if you could play? Please oh please oh please say yes, mom, say yes… You bolte ... Read on »
You Done Good, Seth Rogen, Speaking Out for Alzheimer’s by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Seth Rogen spoke to the Senate committee on behalf of the over seven million Americans who suffer with Alzheimer’s–five times as many people who suffer from AIDS in Americ ... Read on »
Try Being a Half-Assed Caregiver by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You heard me. Love twice as much. Do half as much. Most caregivers I know do way too much. They try too hard. They care about everything and everybody. That inevit ... Read on »
Do We Always Get Along? Hell, No! Will I Always Take Care of My Mother? Hell, Yes! by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Do we always get along? Hell, no! That’s what I wrote in a recent article that’s now featured on The Shriver Report.org. () People tend to romanticize caregiving–people ... Read on »
Are You Caregiving…Again? Questions to Ask Yourself Before Round Two by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I have several friends who have recently loss their spouses or a parent, and at the end of an oftentimes long, exhausting, and heartbreaking journey, they find themselves ... Read on »
Taking our Loss and Making Something New by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mary (on the left), Diane, and the bears My dear friend and writer bud Diane lost her husband this summer. They were soul mates finding each other after several st ... Read on »
Designed to Learn: How Creativity Teaches and Challenges Your Brain by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I heard a child education expert comment that we are always learning. (Pardon the blip/change of subject–this post was meant for my other blog– Risk, Play, Create –but I’l ... Read on »
I’ve Got So Much to Do–I Better Take a Nap: The Link Between Creativity and Rest by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A couple of years ago I had a major talk for a college coming up. Mothering Mother (my book) was the spring selection read for the entire college. I was invited to not onl ... Read on »
You Can Absorb the Loss: Clean Pain and Clean Grief by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In Marianne Williamson’s book, Divine Compensation, the author talks about a time when she lost a large sum of money because she didn’t properly market a presentation that ... Read on »
Linda Ronstadt Has Parkinson’s: Why and How Parkinson’s Affects Your Voice by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Linda Ronstadt announced to AARP that she has Parkinson’s–and can’t sing a note. Linda is the voice of my youth. I sang Desparado more times than I can count. You’re No G ... Read on »
How to Make Peace With Your Mother by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I never thought this day would come–when I’d write about making peace with my mother. My mother was difficult, and that’s an understatement. It’s not that I’ve ever known ... Read on »
Why Caregiving Isn’t Helping Your Love Life: Or Why Caregivers Are Lousy Lovers by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We don’t tend to talk about our love lives and caregiving in the same conversation. Why? Does sex go out the “caregiving window?” Do you stop desiring your partner when yo ... Read on »
Why Do We Smile at Babies and Elders? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Have you ever noticed how in a store or a restaurant you’ll talk to someone who has a baby–or you’ll see an elder sitting alone and you’ll start a conversation? Our “booke ... Read on »
“Only the hand that erases c ... by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” Meister Eckhart Read on »
Is Your Caregiver Positive Outlook Sagging? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Let’s face it, most days a caregiver’s positive outlook sags a bit. Monotony, worry, and sleep deprivation doesn’t exactly add up to being “Miss Perky.”  One thing I can s ... Read on »
Caregiving Firsts, Starting a New Day or a New Year by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving There are lots of inevitable caregiving firsts you don’t want, and if you want a good first you’ve got to make it happen. Some firsts are hard.  The first time your mo ... Read on »
Top Ten Alzheimer’s Blogs: The Top Online Influencers by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving What makes a good blog? Great information, reliability, connection and resources, honesty, practicality and humor are the traits I look for when I’m blog hunting–and so it ... Read on »
How to Be a Friend to Someone Who Has Dementia/Alzheimer’s by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You don’t know what to say. Your friend has shared they have Alzheimer’s, or you found out from their spouse or from another friend. You don’t know how much they remember. ... Read on »
“I Need You–I Don’t Need You:” The Push-Pull of Caregiving by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “Why haven’t you called?” “I want to be independent and live by myself.” “You’ll miss me when I’m gone.” The push-pull of caregiving can send you into an emotional whiplas ... Read on »
Moving Past Caregiver Burnout: The Mind-Body Connection by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Sometimes there’s no way around it. You have to keep going. Your loved one needs you and maybe you’re the only one or the main one. You may spend weeks beside their hospit ... Read on »