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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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My Anti New Year’s Resolutions: For Caregivers and Those with an Inner Rebel by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s so easy to make dozens of resolutions you know you won’t keep. It’s even easier to beat yourself up about not losing those ten (okay fifteen) pounds, not staying ... Read on »
Multigenerational Families Coming Together: How to Really Be With Your Family by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Holidays, birthdays, other celebrations when you’re having your grandparents, in-laws, teens, college kids, dates, toddlers, spouses and sometimes ex-spouses all under ... Read on »
The Love That Surrounds a Death: Accepting the Healing Touch by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I opened my front door Thanksgiving morning and called “Here kitty, kitty, kitty.” My 14-year-old cat, FatBoy had been missing 18 hours. I was up late in the night l ... Read on »
The Invisible Caregiver: When Your Spouse Doesn’t Admit He (or She) Needs Caregiving by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Who is an invisible caregiver? Millions of spouses, adult children and friends who are caring for someone they love–but having to “do it on the sly.” It’s a tough tr ... Read on »
Do More People Die Around the Holidays? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Do more people die around the holidays? Yes, sadly they do–at least hospice numbers reflect a rise in deaths during the holiday season. Some factors are obvious–flu, ... Read on »
The First Written Advice in History: Take Care of Yourselves, a Caregiver’s Creed by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Caregivers are often told to take care of themselves, and sometimes this advice is a little annoying. Exactly how am I supposed to take care of me? Not give my mom he ... 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 »
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 »
When Facing the End of Life, Surround Yourself with New Life by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My mom had Parkinson’s, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s –and she lived with my family (husband, daughters and me), and I was her full-time caregiver. I remember when I re ... Read on »
Is Caregiving Not Turning Out Like You Expected? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I had rather sentimental and romantic notions of what it would be like– caregiving my mother. I thought it would give us time–to mend misunderstandings, get to know e ... 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 »
Does Your Elder Parent Wander? Caregiving Concerns Explored by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Just today, I was driving home when I saw an elder-woman walking on the side of a rather busy road. Cars go at least 40 and sometimes 60 mph. on this road. She had no bu ... Read on »
Easy Caregiving, Simple Ways to Stop Making Life Hard by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Have you ever noticed that some people have a knack for making hard things seem easy? Other people do just the opposite: they can make crossing the street a monumental, ... Read on »
What Do Caregivers Fear the Most? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s not what you think. Caregivers don’t dread the work, giving up aspects of their lives, or even the inevitable moment of death that’s to come. I was speaking at a ... Read on »
How Do We Reconcile Ourselves to Life’s Changes by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Our lives change and we can’t get what we had back. As we age, we have so many challenges to face. We have to redefine ourselves, figure out who we are. It seems at t ... Read on »
Is Alzheimer’s Behavior Driving You Crazy? Keys to Deal with Difficult Alzheimer’s Issues by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Is your parent or spouse  out of control? It can feel that way, if you’re dealing with Alzheimer’s. Some days, my mom was worse than a room full of toddlers. She w ... Read on »
Careigver, Are You or Your Loved One Abusing Prescription Drugs? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In the U.S. today, more people are addicted to prescription meds than those who abuse heroin, meth, and cocaine–combined. It usually starts as a result of surgery, an ac ... Read on »
Why do Old(er) People Shuffle When They Walk? by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s one of those signs adult children start noticing–when their parents begin to shuffle. It usually starts when they’re tired and around their own home because they’re ... Read on »
Caregiving Tactics: How to Help Someone Get Out of a Bad Mood by Carol O'Dell Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “You’re in a bad mood.” I could see it on my mother’s face the moment she woke up. As a caregiver, my mother and I took turns being in a bad mood. It’s a miserable ex ... 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 »