Nursing is my sacred profession!

I have a story to tell. The first encounter in the world of nursing was as a lifeguard, saving the pool manager’s life. He inhaled chlorine gas, changing a tank. His absence from the office was unusual, and in searching for him, I found him unresponsive and barely breathing. Putting…


Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate: Dr. Cynthia Speaks!

Do you have a safe place for important papers? Do family members know where to find them? Who is in charge of your affairs?

Preparing for the known and unknown is a topic that many are not interested in discussing. While taking care…


Topic: From Nurse to Caregiver to Educator

My nursing profession began in 1985. Now, I am a nurse educator. I am so proud to be a professional nurse. It is my sacred profession! Passing the state- boards on the first try aided me to realize that I took my studies…


Family Caregivers, Get Your House In Order!

Growing up, most of us watched our parents purchase houses and land, cars and trucks, stocks, and bonds, all to providing for us. These items required insurance, designed to protect our hard-earned real estate from city and state over-reach. …


Topic: Caregivers, Don’t Let Someone Else’s Experience Be Your Outcome

All caregiver journeys aren’t created equal. What do I mean by this statement? In caring for older adults, it is essential to pay attention to signs, and symptoms of chronic health conditions and situational outcomes shared by other caregivers. Caring for loved ones on blood thinner medications requires diligence. As…


Topic: Caregivers, Eldercare Includes COVID-19 Boosters

On yesterday, Your Proactive Caregiver Advocate received her booster vaccination. I’m a Phizer girl! Whatever I can do to keep my family and others safe, I am in the front of every line. While waiting for my 15-minutes to pass to be released, the…


Topic: Coping with Caregiving Responsibilities

When we hear or read the word,’ coping,’ related to caregiving, does one’s mind go to the terms of stress and burnout? Why is that?

Is it because of the lack of preparation? Is it because of the lack of knowledge? There may be truth…


I know you have heard that smiling can be contagious. Smiles can make someone’s day. Smiling can brighten someone’s pain. Smiling can change someone’s perspective on a situation. We should want to put a smile on someone’s face. We all should want to be a rainbow in someone’s world. Life…


Topic: Caregivers, Do You Burn the Candle at Both Ends?

Who can relate? Who wants to relate? Burning a candle at both ends is an accident waiting to happen. The idiom implies, “To exhaust one’s energies or resources.” Without acknowledging overtiredness in the caregiving space, it can lead to errors, mistakes, injury, and death of a loved one. So, shining…


Topic: Caregivers: Are You Unofficial or Official

The topic today comes from a conversation I had with a dear friend. The goal of caregiving is to help loved ones reach their final goal. For many years, the space she called home was no more. She continued to age gracefully while living alone; however, health challenges created the…

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman

Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman is author and speaker. Her book: From the Lens of Daughter, Nurse, and Caregiver: A Journey of Duty and Honor shares caregiving tips.

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