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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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Need a Safe Place to Vent, Ask Questions, and Let It All Out? Caregivers Need to Talk to Other... by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregivers need to talk to other caregivers because no one else can truly understand what they face day in and day out. I recently spoke to a group of caregivers at Christ ... Read on »
Laughter and Sleep, A Caregiver’s Best Defense Against Depression and Stress by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Sleep and laughter are perhaps the most healing gifts the good Lord gave us–and it’s the first to go when caregiver stress mounts an assault on your life. You have to ... Read on »
Dick Clark Dies of a Massive Heart Attack: Can You Prevent Yours? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Dick Clark died April 18, 2012 of a massive heart attack. He was 82 years old and is considered America’s “oldest living  teenager.” My question is, could his heart attack ... Read on »
How Humor Heals the Caregiver Heart by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We sat in the Ronald McDonald family room at Shands Children’s Hospital, sequestered for the day, waiting for the pediatric cardiologist to operate on my middle daughter’s ... Read on »
Mike Wallace Dies of Dementia: What Will You Remember? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Mike Wallace died April 7, 2012. His last few years were spent in the confusing and tangled maze of dementia. He was 93 and  was a newscaster most known for anchoring 60 M ... 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 »
The Importance of Caring for the Caregiver by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caring for the caregiver is almost as intense as being a caregiver.  Family. Extended family. Friends. Neighbors. Co-workers. Church and community. A caregiver nee ... Read on »
Caregiving Triage: Rising Above the Panic by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Imagine a battlefield. People are wounded. Some are screaming in pain. Others are close to death. It’s easy to freak-out, but as a caregiver in the midst of your own war z ... Read on »
Do You Have Caregiver Freak-Out? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s 2am and you’re in the ER. Your mother has fractured her pelvis. You get the diagnosis your husband has cancer. Your dad has wandered off and you can’t find him–nobody ... Read on »
Is the Caregiving Pressure Building? 3 Tips to De-stress by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My mother liked to cook with a pressure cooker, a heavy steel pot with a lid that locked in place. What fascinated me was the tiny attachment that bobbed on top to let out ... Read on »
I Don’t Know Who I Am Anymore: Losing and Finding Your Caregiver Identity by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “When will I feel like me again?” Sometimes I get asked this question by someone whose care partner has recently died and they’re reeling from grief while trying to fi ... Read on »
What to Say at a Memorial Service by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving What to say at a Memorial Service. This isn’t the blog or article I ever wanted to write, but as I gather my thoughts for my brother’s memorial service I am reminded t ... Read on »
If You’re Happy and You Know It…You Just Might Live Longer: New Study Shows Link by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If your’e happy and you know it clap your hands…goes the children’s song. Now there’s a new twist: If you’re happy and you know it you just might live longer, suggests a n ... Read on »
How to Live a Horrible Life and Then Die a Horrible Death–the Comedy Version by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I finished my blog, “How to Live and Die Well” and while I meant every word, my sarcastic side was reeling.  Admit it, most of us will leave this earth kicking and screami ... Read on »
How to Live and Die Well: My Letter to Me by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I’ve been wanting to do this for a while–write to the future me–about how to live and die. I witnessed my 92-year-old mother as she died and I am profoundly grateful for t ... Read on »
Where Was I? Where Am I? Life After (or between) Caregiving by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “Where was I? A caregiver friend of mine asks, standing in the middle of her life as if she has walked back into a room and forgot what she was doing in the first place. L ... 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 »
Home Caregiving: Prison or Cloister? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Being a home caregiver can get a bit claustrophobic. I cared for my mom in our home (she had Parkinson’s, heart disease and Alzheimer’s) the last two-plus years of her lif ... Read on »
Need to Evacuate Your Elder? Caregiving Tips During a Natural Disaster by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Irene is bearing up the East Coast. Hurricanes are big, swirling monsters, but they do give us time to evacuate. Caregivers might have to evacuate an elder and that c ... Read on »
Searching For a Senior Care Facility for your Aging Loved One? 3 Tips to Consider by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Last week I was asked as a Caring.com senior expert to speak on NBC Miami Live show and talk to folks in South Florida about how to choose a senior care facility for your ... Read on »