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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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Redefining retirement by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia One of the pleasures of parenting is meeting other parents who have kids your age.  You sit together at the sidelines of football, softball or soccer fields, cheering on you ... Read on »
Friday, August 20, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Why can boys never accept defeat? Some friends and I went swimming this past weekend and since I grew up with a pool I am always game for a swim race. The challenger ... Read on »
Caregiver Reality: Sometimes it stinks by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I rarely endorse specific products, although sometimes a caregiver will share with me a product that they feel saved their life. This is one of those times. Dorothy Mayer, ... Read on »
Friday, August 13, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving As you may have read last week, Wendy is out on vacation and I have been deemed the Friday Funnies fill-in. This past weekend I was able to also take a little vacation ti ... Read on »
Personal Care Aides working at povery levels in many states by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Imagine working hard every day, caring for people who depend on you to help them with the most basic physical and emotional tasks. Your daily work involves helping your clie ... Read on »
Friday, August 6, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Here's another touchy, feely moment with my daughter. She recently sent me a random instant message, here is how our conversation went Amanda: "I now understand how frustr ... Read on »
Reduce the Risk of Falling by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you’re like most families, falls are one of the top things you worry about with your aging loved ones. Falls are, in fact, the “second leading cause of injury-related de ... Read on »
Thoughts on Motivation by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Summer seems to be a time for a bit of the hot-weather-doldrums. You know what I mean: your team is working short a lot to accommodate vacations and your own head may be r ... Read on »
Selecting a Care Center by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Loved this recent New York Times article on selecting a care community, " One Way to Judge a Nursing Home." In the article, the author talks about trying to select a nur ... Read on »
Friday, July 30, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Are you one to easily accept a challenge? Take on a bet? Not me. I'm pretty cautious by nature. However, when my officemate, Miss Sara Jackson threw up the "saltine crac ... Read on »
Friday, July 16, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Just another ah-ha moment in the life of Wendy this past week. A very unusual and tragic event in my neighborhood earlier this week. An adult son shot his father. My son ... Read on »
Friday, July 9, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Are you one of those people who subscribe to the philosophy of "rules are meant to be broken?" If you said yes, are you my child? Just kidding, seriously, I can not believ ... Read on »
Rose Villa getting Culture Change Right by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Imagine my surprise when I went to meet a colleague for a tour, and walked into a room full of people.  My first thought was, “Oops – wrong room!”  But my colleague quickly ... Read on »
Comments by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Thanks, Vickie Young, for sharing your comments about my last article Working as a in home care giver I see first hand what you are talking about. My relief came to work th ... Read on »
Friday, July 2, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I believe I have coined the phrase "trading problems." This is simply attempting to fix one problem only to discover your solution created yet another problem. Sometimes t ... Read on »
Friday, June 25, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I am actually feeling a little under the weather today. I make every attempt to find humor in almost any situtation. Let's be honest - there is just nothing funny about ru ... Read on »
Training: Time is Money by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving How much time are your high-value employees spending in staff training today? How much of that training is focused on the mandatory, required training? How much of that ti ... Read on »
Gail Sheehy Addresses Caregiver Stress by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The Orange County Register's news article about author Gail Sheehy's new book, " Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence ," is right on point regarding caregiv ... Read on »
Emergency Preparedness with e-learning by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving As an owner and operator of multiple assisted living communities, one of my all-time greatest fears was an emergency situation. A fire, flood, extended power outage – any o ... Read on »
Three simple steps to optimal caregiving by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving With all the news about the increasing prevalence of families involved in caregiving activities you know one thing: You’re not alone. That may not be much help to you at ... Read on »