You’re a family caregiver, providing must-have supportive care for an aged, chronically-ill, and/or disabled loved one.
You’re lonely, stressed, and tired.
The long-term nature of caregiving that so often accompanies today’s current healthcare system leaves you wondering if you have what it takes to keep all the plates spinning.
It wouldn’t take much – one more unexpected hospitalization, one more secondary infection, one more medical procedure denied by insurance – for all the plates to come crashing down on the floor.
If you’re like millions of other family caregivers, you worry about your loved one, you feel ill-equipped to provide 24/7 caregiving services, and you feel really, really alone. Continue Reading…
During a workplace seminar I recently attended, a member of the audience asked the speaker, “Why do millennials want the flexible work environments?”
The speaker replied, “Because they don’t want to work! Millennials don’t want to work.”
As one of the only millennials in the crowded event space, my interest was piqued by the speaker’s response and the subsequent non-millennial audience reception. The speaker and audience conversation continued dogging millennial employees, citing Generation Y’s preference for remote working opportunities and their engagement in the gig economy as sufficient evidence for the unfounded argument that millennials are inherently “lazy”, “have immature values”, and “lack sufficient work ethic”.
As a career-minded millennial that’s built her entire career through virtual work out of necessity (I am also a full-time caregiver to my spouse who was injured serving our country in Afghanistan), I was quite troubled to hear this discourse among industry leaders regarding generational misconceptions and ill-informed consensus regarding flexible work opportunities that can lead to mass discrimination within our caregiving community.
The gig economy and its “freeing” freelancing gets a lot of headlines these days.
Promotional campaigns spotlighting the ultimate career woman raking in thousands of dollars from the comfort of her chic designed home office have many young professionals wondering, “Is the commute worth it?” or “Could freelancing be my escape from Cubicleville”?
With my hard-earned MBA in hand, I hit the freelancing market with gusto, eager to get a jump on all my graduating peers (and my always-accruing-interest student loans).
For months, I’d read everything I could find on this wondrous world of freelancing, been mesmerized by hours of inspiring ad campaigns, and spent many a late night perfecting my freelancer profile. I was certain that I’d done everything “right” to pull an MBA hourly with just my laptop and make-shift office; but things didn’t go as planned.
What do you think of when you hear the term “mental health”?
Do you have visions of barbaric psychiatric hospitals from America’s past?
Do you become uncomfortable, afraid someone will either start discussing something you don’t want to talk about, or fearful you’ll say something insensitive and stupid in response?
Do you avoid discussing mental health because it’s a topic that we’ve learned to avoid at all costs, in order to dodge unfortunate discrimination and social isolation?
Nearly 44 million American adults–1 in 5 Americans—are affected by a mental health condition in any given year; yet, as a society, we refuse to talk about it.
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher that lived a century before Plato, is credited with saying, “The only thing that is constant is change.”
Most of us have experienced tumultuous transition times during our lives.
Sometimes it’s for something exciting, like a new job, a new relationship, or even a new hobby.
Other times, the changes aren’t that awesome, such as the loss of a loved one, organizational downsizing, and moving into a crappy rental.
“Good” or “bad” changes, stress almost always accompanies major life transitions.
Are you nodding your head “Yes” right now? Have you recently experienced big changes in your life? Continue Reading…
I’ve been taking pictures since Polaroids were a thing.
The whole “Smile! Flash! Shake!” was a pivotal part of my childhood, as I’d set up neighborhood “photo booths” charging kids a quarter for a “Glamour Shot” (in my defense, I had an impressive collection of Disney Princess inspired boas). Eventually, my early photographic style evolved into one that could be classified as more “photojournalistic”; however, that’s not how my neighbors saw it when I climbed over their fence and “documented” their family BBQ from the bushes.
In high school, I had the opportunity to take a few photography classes, but we amateur photographers were still processing film, as the digital option were priced well above my “after school job” budget. Taking photos got real expensive, real quick, so I had to limit the hobby to special occasions, shooting film only a few times a year. Continue Reading…
Meet Sarah Dale of New Rosie!
Sarah Dale is an artist, filmmaker and advocate for military families and veteran caregivers like herself.
Sarah specializes in using her creative skills to continue her journey of healing from secondary post-traumatic stress and help other military families find healing as well through projects such as: When War Comes Home, Flowers From the VA and more. Her advocacy work has led to her collaboration with organizations such as Hope for the Warriors, Blue Star Families and REBOOT Combat Recovery.
When not making art and films, Sarah is an actor and entrepreneur.
There’s an unspoken rule in business: don’t show any weakness.
Strike up a convo with other entrepreneurs at an industry conference – everyone’s “crushing it”, about to take majority market share.
Sit at a board meeting – everyone’s organizational revenue has “tripled” (yet the economy’s still in the tanker…).
Chat with business professors – everyone left the “real” world mid-career (and mid-Recession) by choice (not necessity).
No one’s shooting straight. No one’s transparent. No one’s honest.
Because being honest about the crapper quarter we had or having an entire division wiped out by competition would make us look weak…or would it?
Anyone that’s got any business experience will attest that everyone that’s ever done anything fails.
The one thing they don’t tell you about providing care for another, is that it can have disastrous effects on your own health and well being.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, today’s caregivers can suffer from a variety of emotional, mental, and physical health problems that arise from the strains of caring loved ones. A few of these not-so-healthy manifestations of “chronic caring” can include: anxiety, back injuries, cognitive decline, depression, heart disease, immune disorders, low self-esteem, sleep deprivation, substance abuse, and even increased mortality.
As a millennial caregiver, I’m quite familiar with the unfortunate array of negative effects from caring: being exhausted to the point that you cannot sleep, blowing a fuse at just about anyone you encounter, canceling all your own doctor’s appointments in order to accommodate for a loved one’s, and wading through the financial fallout so often accompanied with chronic illness and disability in today’s barbarically-modern society.
While millennials currently provide care for a variety of different demographics and relations, one of the most unsupported segments of this generation of caregivers are today’s military and veteran caregivers.
Like most wars, the conclusion of the longest war in American history has left many military families to pick-up the pieces of a life ravaged by selfless service for an ungrateful nation. The Global War on Terror resulted in the lowest casualty numbers, but highest number of days in combat and subsequent wounds of war.
For far too many military families, the war isn’t over – it just came home – and the task of caring for the wounded falls on our veteran’s loved ones.
Recent report by the RAND Group indicated the number of millennials providing care for disabled veterans is on a sharp rise, with an over 1.1 million post 9/11 caregivers currently providing care for wounded warriors. Continue Reading…