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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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Where do you turn when you’re all burned out? by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Google the term “Caregiver Burnout” and you’ll find over one million results.  From articles to opinions to videos, advice on preventing burnout is all over the web. Clea ... Read on »
Friday, June 18, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Be careful what you say dad. Last weekend at my 6 year old grandson's t-ball game he went to the plate and after only a couple pitches hit a slow roller back to the pitcher ... Read on »
Friday, June 11, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving During a discussion with a co-worker about this week's topic she said, "You haven't written about your daughter in quite awhile." That got me thinking. Why haven't I mentio ... Read on »
Caregiver Stress by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving You recognize the feelings of fatigue and not having enough time for yourself. You might even realize that you’re a little more short-tempered than usual, and you don’t hav ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Disease Epidemic by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia As the baby boomers begin to reach old age, we're likely to see an explosion in the number of individuals affected with Alzheimer's disease .  What can we do about it?  Even ... Read on »
Friday, June 4, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I need your help! At EasyCEU/aQuire Training Solutions we have several newsletters that are distributed throughout the month. Mine, Friday Funnies, is the only weekly publ ... Read on »
Caregiver Training – access and quality make all the difference by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia At the first of this year we launched our newest online caregiver training course:  the Personal Care Aide Certification course offered through our licensed career school, t ... Read on »
Making a Difference every single day by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Listen for just a minute to this music video recorded by senior care professionals and posted on the Assisted Living Federation of America's youtube channel.  It'll remind y ... Read on »
Leading with Laughter by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving One of our foundational concepts here at aQuire Training is that our work should be FUN. We've painted some key words on the wall in our conference room - and FUN is among ... Read on »
Picnics in the park by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I kept a photo on the refrigerator door for a long, long time. The picture was of my eldest daughter and I at a picnic, taken at a moment neither of us was posing or prepar ... Read on »
Friday, May 21, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This past weekend I spent four hours with my mother helping her set up a Facebook account. Since she's only been using email for a little over a year, I was quite surprised ... Read on »
Little Things Make a Big Difference by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I just finished reading (for the second time) Malcolm Gladwell’s book “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.” It’s a great examination of the ... Read on »
Friday, May 14, 2010 by Wendy Finch by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I love the changing seasons - my favorite is baseball season! I spent 12 "seasons" literally living on a baseball field, from t-ball to high school state play-offs; these w ... Read on »
Friday, May 7, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I no longer have children living at home, but with the upcoming holiday of celebrating mothers I can't help but reflect on those days when I did. Coming home after work o ... Read on »
Names reflect values and mission by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving When I travel around the country talking with caregivers and care providers, I am frequently reminded that names are important. In some states, calling yourself a PCA me ... Read on »
Respite for family caregivers by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving “It’s so incredibly isolating,” my friend Melanie said recently about the time she was caring for her mother. “Even though we had great hospice nurses, there was often time ... Read on »
Friday, April 30, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We are quickly approaching "vacation season." I just completed my first vacation of the year. Always looking for a bargain I had the great idea to piggy-back my vacation w ... Read on »
Caregiver tip of the day – slippery jammies by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Vickie Young shared her favorite caregiving tip today: silky pajamas. We were talking about the value for family caregivers to taking a caregiving class – something re ... Read on »
Friday, April 16, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving As this week's edition is hitting your inbox, your Friday Funnies favorite Wendy will probably be starting her birthday celebration with a morning mimosa. Although Wendy' ... Read on »
Genuine leadership by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Strong leadership is a proven factor in a successful operation of any kind. Leaders like Lee Iococca revived Chrysler from a sure death, just as leaders like Adolf Hitler c ... Read on »