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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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Waiting to Exhale – The final stage of caregiving by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving My friend graciously allowed me to interview her on camera the other day about her caregiving experience. She shared how she began her caregiving journey as a long-distance ... Read on »
Culture Change in Care Today by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Have you ever heard of the Pioneer Network ? It’s a website and a movement devoted to changing the culture in nursing homes today. I’d heard about this movement, and c ... Read on »
Friday, April 9, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This week I had the opportunity to combine business with pleasure. Visiting clients in Central Oregon allowed me to stay over one night with my daughter who lives in Oregon ... Read on »
Solving challenges together by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving It’s been a tough environment the past year. My friend Mark sent me a link to a map generated by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care Industry (NIC M ... Read on »
Friday, April 2, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This morning the news reported that on an average sized chocolate bunny the ear only has 42 calories. Now...this is news I can use. Additionally I read, Chocolate is a hea ... Read on »
Employee Engagement – applying the concepts by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you’ve been patiently following the last series of 2 Minute Trainer, you know that I’ve focused on the Gallup organization’s “12 Keys for Employee Engagement” study. I ... Read on »
Caregiver Training worth the investment by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I noticed an announcement about a caregiver training course being offered – free – in a community in the mid-west. That’s not really breaking news, but the part of this sto ... Read on »
Caregivers don’t need to go it alone. by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Some days you know that you should just sit down and shut up, because someone else is able to express exactly what you’re thinking, but in a much clearer way. That’s how ... Read on »
e-learning: invest wisely by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I don’t know about your organization, but January can justifiably be called the dead month in ours – usually. This year was different. We had the busiest January on reco ... Read on »
Caregiving concerns are ultimately personal concerns by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Every 8 seconds another baby boomer turns 50 in America. Having completed that right of passage myself, it’s not all that painful. After all, 50 is the new 30, right? ... Read on »
Coping with the demands of caregiving by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you’re busy caring for a parent or spouse you may not have heard the rumbling from all corners lately. Family caregiving is finally getting a little respect. Sudd ... Read on »
You are not the boss of me by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Don’t you just love it when you hear those words, “You’re not the boss of me!” While we usually think of them in relation to our toddlers or teens, I’ve heard them lately f ... Read on »
Friday, February 19, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A while ago during a conversation with a very good friend, I referred to myself as "middle aged." A term I've used for a few years now. She looked at me a little confused ... Read on »
Caregiver Courage by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Straight talk from a caregiver about guilt, fatigue, even the feeling that you wish your loved one would hurry up and die – these are the kinds of stories that I discovered ... Read on »
Friday, February 12, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving To many of our regular Friday Funnies readers it will not come as a news flash that Valentine's Day is not one of my favorite holidays. However, this year may be just a lit ... Read on »
Top 10 reasons for in-home care by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving If you could choose, where would you live? Right now, I’m thinking someplace warm and sunny. A little warm water lapping on a sandy beach wouldn’t hurt, either. Maybe a ... Read on »
Friday, February 5, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A couple weeks ago I was presenting the aQuire online staff training program to a group of facility managers and home care owners. The interest level was high but the humor ... Read on »
Webinars- when and why by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Allow me to take a minute to talk about webinars. One big webinar company has been sending out emails on a weekly basis lately promoting “E-learning – fast and free.” ... Read on »
Mel Gibson: The mission: leave something by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Don’t you just love that we’re all getting older? Celebrities over 50 are no longer the rarity; even some of those considered extreme “hotties” are aging, just like us. ... Read on »
Friday, January 29, 2010 by Sharon K. Brothers, MSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving This month I have had the pleasure of traveling for business purposes. I really enjoy the opportunity to meet new people, have face to face time with clients, talk about th ... Read on »