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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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“I Don’t Want to Leave My Home:” Gran Torino Depicts a Common Elder Dilemma by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In the Movie, “Gran Torino ” Clint Eastwood plays a grumpy old man who has just lost his wife and his adult children want him to sell his house and move into one of those ... Read on »
“I Get Tired of People Telling Me to Take Care of Myself,” Candid Caregiving... by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “I get tired of being told to take care of myself. Yeah, I know I should, but it’s just not that easy.” It’s not like you haven’t thought of sleeping eight continuous ... 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 »
“I’m Caring for my Grandmother:” When Caregiving Skips a Generation by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving April 8th and 9th, I’m speaking at the Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro Kentucky, and at every caregiving workshop and talk I give, I meet young men ... 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 »
A Multigenerational Household Isn’t Easy But It’s Worth It by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Thanksgiving is the time of year we gather those we love under one roof. Pass the stuffing, hold the sarcastic remarks. If you’ve ever had your mother, your teenagers, a ... Read on »
A Slacker’s Guide to Death and Dying: Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones in a Lurch by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Did you know that 40% of people over 45 don’t have a will? Below the age of 45, the percentage of slackers is even higher. Even caregivers who know their loved one has l ... Read on »
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Issues: Mom (or Dad) is Mad and Won’t Talk to Me by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A friend of mine told me that she confronted her mom about her memory loss and told her she was concerned it might be dementia or Alzheimer’s. Like many caregivers her hop ... Read on »
Are You a Genius at Caregiving? You May Be and Not Know It by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “You’re can become a genius at anything–if you’re willing to make all the mistakes necessary to find the right answer.” Those are the words of Dr. Michio Kaku, MIT physi ... Read on »
Are You a Helicopter Caregiver? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Hover mother. Helicopter mom. They have a name for parents who micro-manage their kid’s lives and have a hard time letting go. But what if you’re a caregiver and you have ... Read on »
Are You a Lousy Caregiver? You May Be (at times) and Just Not Know It by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Now, don’t get upset. I’m not calling you a lousy caregiver, but now that I’ve got your attention, what makes a good–or a lousy caregiver? So how should we treat t ... Read on »
Are You Afraid to Die? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If someone asked me that point blank, I think I’d say, “Am I Afraid to Die–literally or in theory?” I was my mother’s daughter/full-time caregiver, and my mother pass ... 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 »
Are You Holding onto a Grudge? Family Issues and Caregiving Go Hand in Hand by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregiving kicks up family igivssues. It just does. We can think we’re over them. We made amends. Asked forgiveness-forgave–and then we find ourselves back in that vorte ... Read on »
Are You Tired of Talking About Caregiving? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Have you ever told someone you collect elephant figurines–and then everyone gives you elephants for your birthday, Christmas and just for the heck of it? Suddenly, you’r ... Read on »
Are Your Parents Prejudice? A Common Caregiving Concern by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My parents were prejudice and I know I’m not alone. When my mother began aging her inhibitions fell to the wayside and I knew that taking her out in public or having someo ... Read on »
Boomers and Caregiving: Pass the Joy with a Side of Stress by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Boomers and caregiving: Pass the joy with a side of stress. Rita Wilson spoke on the Today Show this morning  about her bountiful life–a mother in her 90′s, teens at home, ... Read on »
Bring Order and Beauty to Your Caregiving World by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Medications lined up on the counter, canes, wheelchairs, hospital beds, portable potty chairs…at some point during the caregiving process your house stops looking like y ... Read on »
Caregiver Stress Getting To You? Try My 3 Day Cure by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I call it my 3 day cure. When I was  caregiving my mom who had Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s –and I was a sandwich generation mom–which for me meant having 2 teenagers and ... Read on »
Caregiver, Are You Intimidated by the Person You’re Caring For? 3 Tips to Break the... by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I always say in my talks that my mother was a dictator in search of a country. She had no problem ordering me–and everyone else around. She was an “old school” Grande ... Read on »