Free Tip Sheet: The 10 Warning Signs to Watch For When Visiting Loved-Ones

Free Tip Sheet: The 10 Warning Signs to Watch For When Visiting Your Aging Parent

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Executive Team Overview Presentation


Has your company’s Executive Team examined the effects of tardiness, absenteeism, limited attention to work details by the employees who are caregivers? Many corporations are familiar with leave time for parents with sick children; however, they may not be aware of the ways that aging parents can affect their employees’ productivity.

In 1997, $33.6 billion was the lost productivity cost to U.S. businesses due to employees who were caregivers. (MetLife, 1997) Of course, the amount has risen drastically since 1997. Over 19 million workers are estimated to be caregivers for aging loved ones. Six out of 10 workers will have to deal with caregiving in their lifetime. Contact Karen to discuss your organization's needs.

The Elephant in the Room


The employee will learn how to have The Difficult Conversation with their parent. The Difficult Conversation includes:

  • How to identify the issues - health, housing, finances that the senior doesn't want to talk about with their children.
  • How to begin the conversation.
  • How to keep the mood of the conversation light and positive.
  • How to maintain control of the conversation.
  • How to allow silence to let your parent absorb what’s being said.
  • Contact Karen for details!

Help! I Don't Know How to Care for My Aging Parent


Eldercare is unknown territory for most people. Women have an advantage because they are usually the caregiver in the family.  However, raising a child is different than caring for an aging senior.  The type of tasks might be different with each illness. This class covers the fundamentals of caring and keeping your parent safe with the help of outside services or caregiving by you.

The employee will learn:

  • How to obtain the most recent results from the parent’s medical team to determine a diagnosis and prognosis.
  • How to develop a list of duties required with the amount of time that’s necessary to carry it out.
  • How to estimate the expenses against your income and how much leave time you'll need from your job.
  • How to access state and federal programs you’ll need to care for your parent.
  • Contact Karen directly with any questions and how she may help.

Caregiving While Keeping Your Job

When a parent ages or becomes ill, the parent and child change roles. The adult child now needs to love and care for their parent.  This is a common dilemma for employees in their 40s, 50s and even 60s. But what if they can’t afford to or don’t want to quit their job? In this presentation, Karen Owen-Lee takes employees through the steps of creating a plan to help the senior relative and not endanger their job.
The employee will learn:

  • How to evaluate their loved one's needs.
  • How to get other family members involved by gathering to write a Family Action Plan.
  • How to find and use community services to take the pressure off taking time off from their job.
  • How to create an outline of your caregiving plan for your boss.
  • How to manage the emotional upheaval of parenting your parent.
  • How to care for yourself and avoid caregiver’s burnout.
  • Contact Karen and preview her book, Caregiving While Keeping Your Job