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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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Murder-Suicide On the Rise: Are You Elder Parents At Risk? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I heard it on the news just this morning–another murder-suicide of an elderly couple. This same awful news happens in every community. Most of us assume that suicide and m ... Read on »
Caregiving and Multi-Tasking: Are You Trying To Do Too Much? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregiving and Multi-Tasking: Are You Trying To Do Too Much? If you’re counting medications, talking on the phone to Medicare, cooking dinner, letting out the cat, an ... Read on »
What’s the Best Part of Caregiving? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving What’s the best part about caregiving? Getting to spend lots of time with your loved one. What’s the worst part about caregiving? Getting to spend LOTS of time with yo ... Read on »
Caregiver, What Are You Doing Right? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregivers get bombarded with advice,.  They feel guilty about everything. They worry about everything. But seldom are they asked what they’re doing right. It’s time to ma ... Read on »
Hospice, Death and Dying: How Do You Know When the End is Near? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving There came a time when I knew my mother was dying. It wasn’t necessarily a physical symptom, it was a gut feeling. I was scared–even frantic. How do I do this? If you’re a ... Read on »
Multi-Gen Life, Caregiving and Juggling Emotional “China Plates” by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving When you live in a multigenerational household you have to juggle a lot of emotional “china plates.” Caregiving can bring out the best–or worst in family members. Sometime ... Read on »
When a Community Cares About Caregiving by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving April 8, 9, 2010, I’ll be speaking at Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro , Kentucky. My book, Mothering Mother is their Spring Common Reading Room boo ... Read on »
Multigenerational Families: 7 Tips to Tame the Clutter by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving When our home became a multigeneration family household , I found that the clutter factor exploded. I did want my mom to move in with us–I was glad to have her–but I didn’ ... Read on »
Caregiving and Cooking: A Daily Challenge So Keep it Simple by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Cooking for my elderly mom was a lot like cooking for a fussy toddler. She wanted to eat what she wanted to eat–and that could fluctuate at any given moment. I tried to ma ... 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 »
The Gifts Our Elders Give Us by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The new show, “ Who Do You Think You Are ” is a hit. There’s a reason. We want–and need to know where we come from. ( www.ancestory.com is a good place to start) Louis Gat ... Read on »
What Caregiving Taught Me by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving After a decade of caring for my mother who had Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s and heart disease, then brought her into our home the last 2+ years of her life, this is the dis ... Read on »
How to Avoid Over-Caregiving, Dr. Northrup Explains by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Dr. Christiane Northrup  did a PBS talk on the Wisdom of Menopause in which she reminds me that nothing–not caregiving–not menopause is brought into my life to destroy me ... Read on »
“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 »
Will You Be Caregiving for Years? Pace Yourself for the Long Haul by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Want to know what caregiving is like? It’s like running a marathon…with a bear chasing you. You’ve got to pace yourself because it’s a long haul. You can’t s ... Read on »
Cleaning Out My Parent’s House: When History Collides with Clutter by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Like many adult children and sandwich geneartion-ers whose parents don’t want to leave their home, I had to practically force my mom to sell and move in with me. It’s no ... Read on »
When Cancer Ravages a Family: Caregiving Two Sisters and Facing Grief by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I have a dear friend who has lost 2 sisters to breast cancer and another sister is recovering from the same disease. Cancer has not only ravaged the bodies of the women ... Read on »
How to Support a Caregiving Spouse: Three Tips from My Other Caregiving Half by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Maybe you’re not the one doing the day-to-day caregiving–maybe you’re the spouse, partner, the one who would get “best supporting” if there were an Oscar or some other ... 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 »
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 »