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Amy Goyer, author of Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in caregiving and family issues. Amy serves as AARP's national family and caregiving expert, columnist and spokesperson, and moderates AARP’s Facebook Family Caregivers Discussion Group. She has a caregiving YouTube series in which she shares her personal caregiving journey along with practical, actionable tips for caregivers. She is an often quoted and well recognized media authority, including interviews and numerous appearances for ABC, NBC, CBS, The Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors. She has appeared on all the network morning shows and is a frequent guest on NBC’s TODAY. She has been interviewed for NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, People Magazine, and numerous other local and national media outlets. Amy has been an advocate for older adults, children and families for more than 35 years at the local, state, national and international levels. She started her career as a music therapist working in adult day services centers and nursing facilities, later serving as administrator. She then joined the Ohio Dept. of Aging staff, serving as field representative, senior volunteer programs administrator, adult daycare liaison and intergenerational programs administrator. She then joined the AARP national office, where she headed up their Intergenerational Program and later the Grandparenting Program, providing support for grandparents in their varying roles, with an emphasis on grandparent caregivers. Subsequently she stepped into her current consulting role when her own family caregiving duties called for more flexibility. She has consulted for a wide range of clients, including AARP, Johnson & Johnson, Sam’s Club, MetLife, Generations United, Lifework Strategies, InsureMyTrip.com and GRAND Magazine, Aloe Health Care and CareTribe. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). A passionate champion for family caregivers, Amy’s work is the perfect fusion of her personal and professional experiences. She has been a family caregiver her entire adult life. Her caregiving roles have varied from long-distance caregiving to very intensive “hands on” care for her parents’ every need. At the age of 21 she became a long-distance caregiver for her Grandmother Genevieve, who had Alzheimer’s disease and her Granddaddy C.V., who was a veteran of WWI and WWII, as well as her grandmother Clara. Her mother, Patricia, had a stroke when she was just 63 years old, and Amy and her sisters took on a supporting and respite role as her father, Robert, became her mother’s primary caregiver. When Robert, a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, and university professor, developed Alzheimer’s disease, Amy, at the age of 48, moved from Washington, DC to Phoenix in 2009 to care for her parents, and they (and her Dad’s service dog, Mr. Jackson), moved in with her in 2012. Her sister, Karen, developed Cushing’s Disease and Amy served as her power of attorney and helped manage her hospitalizations and follow up. Patricia passed on in 2013 and Karen in 2014. Mr. Jackson suffered several chronic health problems and cancer, and he received the same loving care as any other family member. He passed in the summer of 2017. After living with Alzheimer’s for more than 12 years, Amy’s father passed on, at home, in June of 2018 at the age of 94. Amy has served as executor of all of their estates. Learn more about Amy at www.amygoyer.com and www.aarp.org/amygoyer and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
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Caregiving, grandparenting, multigenerational issues (living, relationships etc.)
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Specializes in Caregiving as a published author, speaker and consultant. AARP’S national family and caregiving expert, columnist and spokesperson. Come find me in Caregiving!
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@GailL1 All good points to add! I was trying to keep my "tip" from being too long, but those are all very important points! Thanks for adding!!!
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Family caregiving can include a wide range of roles, one of which is helping a loved one manage their finances, or taking over financial management for them. I've done both, and it was one of the most stressful aspects of caregiving for me. There are...
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If you are caring for loved ones who are veterans, be sure to find out if they are eligible for any benefits, pensions, or services. The VA can seem complicated so it's great to get help.    The first thing to do is contact the VA Caregiver Support ...
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@clarachan I'm so sorry you're experiencing this terrible stress. @JaneCares has given you some excellent suggestions, and I'd like to add a few things I hope will be helpful: First and foremost, if you are feeling suicidal, please call the National...
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When I started intensive caregiving for my parents, it took a while to get a handle on my parents' financial situation. The first thing I did was to create a spreadsheet that included:   Their income (Social Security, pensions, rent from a property ...
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@GailL1 All good points to add! I was trying to keep my "tip" from being too long, but those are all very important points! Thanks for adding!!!
agoyer 02-28-2022 04:51 PM
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Family caregiving can include a wide range of roles, one of which is helping a loved one manage their finances, or taking over financial management for them. I've done both, and it was one of the most stressful aspects of caregiving for me. There are...
agoyer 02-28-2022 03:49 PM
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If you are caring for loved ones who are veterans, be sure to find out if they are eligible for any benefits, pensions, or services. The VA can seem complicated so it's great to get help.    The first thing to do is contact the VA Caregiver Support ...
agoyer 02-22-2022 03:55 PM
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@clarachan I'm so sorry you're experiencing this terrible stress. @JaneCares has given you some excellent suggestions, and I'd like to add a few things I hope will be helpful: First and foremost, if you are feeling suicidal, please call the National...
agoyer 02-22-2022 10:24 AM
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When I started intensive caregiving for my parents, it took a while to get a handle on my parents' financial situation. The first thing I did was to create a spreadsheet that included:   Their income (Social Security, pensions, rent from a property ...
agoyer 02-17-2022 04:48 PM
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@GailL1 All good points to add! I was trying to keep my "tip" from being too long, but those are all very important points! Thanks for adding!!!
agoyer 02-28-2022 04:51 PM
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Family caregiving can include a wide range of roles, one of which is helping a loved one manage their finances, or taking over financial management for them. I've done both, and it was one of the most stressful aspects of caregiving for me. There are...
agoyer 02-28-2022 03:49 PM
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If you are caring for loved ones who are veterans, be sure to find out if they are eligible for any benefits, pensions, or services. The VA can seem complicated so it's great to get help.    The first thing to do is contact the VA Caregiver Support ...
agoyer 02-22-2022 03:55 PM
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@clarachan I'm so sorry you're experiencing this terrible stress. @JaneCares has given you some excellent suggestions, and I'd like to add a few things I hope will be helpful: First and foremost, if you are feeling suicidal, please call the National...
agoyer 02-22-2022 10:24 AM
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When I started intensive caregiving for my parents, it took a while to get a handle on my parents' financial situation. The first thing I did was to create a spreadsheet that included:   Their income (Social Security, pensions, rent from a property ...
agoyer 02-17-2022 04:48 PM
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