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Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living Professional

Oregon City, Oregon
After spending the past 20 years as an owner and operator of assisted living communities, I have... Full Bio
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On the Frontlines by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving When I first started writing this blog called “Frontline Focus” I got some negative feedback on the title. “We don’t want to talk about caregivers as if they’re in a war, ... Read on »
Looking back – looking forward by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We are rapidly approaching the end of yet another year. Some of us hung on by our fingernails; some of us have managed growing teams and busy, bustling companies. Whiche ... Read on »
It’s looking an awfully lot like Christmas by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s looking an awfully lot like Christmas – everywhere but my house! The lights are on the courthouse; the tree in the public square is exquisite; my husband even got ou ... Read on »
Friday, December 10, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This week I was able to get our Christmas tree up and decorated and for the first time in years... I finally put up some outside Christmas lights. As the 25th quickly app ... Read on »
Friday, December 3, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Black Friday Recovery! I am a seasoned black Friday shopper. But even I was experiencing Black Friday anxiety three days before Thanksgiving. The TV commercials were a ... Read on »
Friday, November 19, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Which means for some in the office, the best holiday of the year is following... Christmas you say? No. BLACK FRIDAY! A fellow ... Read on »
Friday, November 5, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving While trying to make a purchase yesterday, I was reminded that patience is a virtue! The person in front of me at the stereo store could not seem to remember their pin nu ... Read on »
It’s “Hug Your Sister” Month by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s not really “Hug your Sister” month – it’s actually National Family Caregiver Month. But if you’re a caregiver, you probably can relate to the groans I hear whenever ... Read on »
Supporting Family Caregivers by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You probably have heard by now that this month (November) is National Family Caregiver Month. You also are very likely keenly aware of the work that family members do in pr ... Read on »
Understanding the Family Member’s Experience by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Last week I was privileged to attend a conference for family caregivers. The speaker of one particular session was incredible. She told stories about her experience with h ... Read on »
Press Release: New Website Coming to Support the Family Caregiver by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Village An Entirely New Type of Gathering For Immediate Release New Website Coming to Support the Family Caregiver New York City, NY (November 2, 2010) - ... Read on »
Friday, October 29, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I always seem to let Halloween creep up on me. You would think I would learn to plan ahead since the date never changes! This year I am still trying to decide on a costum ... Read on »
Friday, October 22, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I find the subject of dating almost humorous. There is no "dating" anymore. The idea of courting is nonexistent. My daughter has "dated" a young man she met her senior ye ... Read on »
Calling all Caregivers by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving In our caregiver support group we often talk about our caregiving experience as a journey. Some days, you’re slogging through some pretty deep muck. You feel like you’re ... Read on »
Gossip and Marketing Opportunities by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you’re one of the thousands who actually ready my e-newsletters, you may be one of the handful who have wondered where they’d gone in the past several weeks. Well, let ... Read on »
Friday, September 10, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Hello friends, I'm back! A two week vacation followed by an additional week off due to an unexpected family emergency left me feeling out of touch and very behind in my wor ... Read on »
Want to stay in your home? Check out new technology! by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Several years ago the Center for Aging Services Technologies , in conjunction with Intel, created a video imagining what digital health and wellness monitoring for senior ad ... Read on »
Friday, September 3, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This past week we have been busy getting settled in our bright new office space. We are happy to still be in the downtown Oregon City area moving just a block down from o ... Read on »
The high cost of employee discontent by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You think everything is going just great. Your site manager reports a happy group of employees, and you haven’t heard any rumblings from families or residents. The last su ... Read on »
I Know Your Name by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My oldest daughter’s transition from a small private elementary school to our large public high school was a little challenging the first few weeks. She wanted desperately ... Read on »