Janice Walton, Ph.D.

Your Partner in Caretaking

Email Coaching for Caregivers

I'm so excited that you are interested in the Email Coaching for Caregivers program. Let me tell you more.

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Aging well while caring for another is challenging - there is no doubt. However, you can take action to improve the odds of doing so. Let me ask you this.

  • Has the role of caregiving become a burden and a drain?
  • Have you ever felt as if life were not worth living?
  • Are you looking for ways to make the job less stressful?
  • Do you have physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and practical tools for helping yourself as you care for another person?

Here's How I Can Help

I offer email support where you write to me with questions and concerns, and I will respond with answers, solutions, ideas, and suggestions within 24-48 hours. We can cover topics like:

  • How to schedule time for yourself
  • How to find other support
  • Tools, techniques, and tricks
  • Practical issues
  • Discovering what pleases you

I find that most concerns center on taking care of your loved one or yourself. See below for the kind of issues those often include.

Example: Plan to Take Care of Your Loved One

Your 67-year-old long-time partner has been diagnosed with early-stage dementia. We can discuss the following types of issues.

  • Available treatment options and the path of the disease
  • Appropriate legal paperwork while both of you can participate
  • Passwords, automatic pay accounts, and insurance policies of joint accounts
  • Discussing the diagnosis
  • The pros and cons of getting a second opinion
  • Facilities and support services you may need
  • A bucket list of things the two of you want to do while you can
  • The financial situation and if you need to make changes
  • Ways to remain engaged in life
  • The role you want to play and ways to support each other
  • The whys, pros, and cons of prescribed medications, keeping a current list of them, and fostering a relationship with the doctors
  • Balancing your sense of issues versus what the experts say

 

Example: Identifying Self-Care Strategies

You’ve cared for a loved one for two years and are worn out. We can talk about the following types of issues.

  • What you have in place - what’s working and what’s not
  • The situation and identify possible solutions
  • Self-care resources
  • Setting boundaries
  • The need for outside help
  • A plan and schedule for self-care
  • Where you are stuck, and why
  • What the most troublesome part is for you
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The Program

  • .Strictly email based
  • Designed for an average of four email exchanges a month with substantive responses
  • Turnaround time for a response to your email is 24-48 hours.
  • An experimental program, which for now, involves a recurring $25/month subscription. The cost may rise in the future. However, you can cancel at any time.

How to Enroll

  • .Click the button below to initiate the process by writing a short introduction about yourself. I will review it and respond within 24 hours.
  • I will email the link to register and pay if it seems like a good fit.
  • Once you have signed up, we can immediately begin the email exchange.
  • If you have questions, you can contact me at drjanice@empowerbase.com.

About Me

You may know that I’m 85 years old - or young - and I’ve been a psychologist for 30 years.

My life changed dramatically when my husband of 60 years had surgery. Dementia, which may have been hiding for years, raised its ugly head.

I was resistant, ill-prepared, and overwhelmed. But he was the love of my life. How could I not be there for him? My caregiving role ended when he died from COVID in a memory care facility. To figure it out, I wrote the book Aging Well- 30 Lessons For Making The Most of Your Later Years.

After his death and as a way to heal, I began writing a weekly newsletter, Aging Well News, which now has over 850 subscribers. Recently, I added more articles devoted to caregivers wishing to age well. Email coaching is another option.

Guidelines

  • While I'm a psychologist, this is not about counseling.
  • I'm not a medical doctor or lawyer, so I will refer you to your physician or legal person if you ask about those issues.
  • If I don't feel it's a good fit, I have the right to terminate the coaching.
  • Sessions focus on finding possible solutions for caregiving situations, behaviors, and emotions - yours and theirs. So, no therapy or venting, although both can be very useful for a caregiver.
  • Come with an open mind.
  • We will meet for one package. If the opportunity arises, I will inform you about possible quarterly packages to continue working together.

References for Counseling

  • :If you need counseling - three generic resources are
  • If you want to vent - these online FaceBook groups may interest you.
    • Get In The Lifeboat
    • Family Caregivers Support Group
    • Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers Support