Start that dialogue

Starting That Dialogue

At some point in our lives, many of us will be faced with either caring for someone or needing care ourselves. The importance of starting the dialogue with a parent or a loved one about accepting outside support has been the subject of numerous articles. This support may be in the form of someone mowing the yard, clearing the gutters, cleaning the house, or cooking the meals. Regardless of the level of help needed, it’s a difficult conversation to start because accepting help usually results in a change of lifestyle for the care receiver, and oftentimes for the caregiver, too. This is … Read More

Financial Health

Are You Financially Healthy?

According to a new survey from the Center for Financial Services Innovation, only 28 percent of Americans are ‘financially healthy’, but what does this really mean? Financially healthy people are those who have financial plans in place to build long-term resilience and opportunity for creating wealth.

Unfortunately, more than half surveyed were described as just coping with their finances. They are struggling with some financial aspect such as medical bills or automobile repairs. It’s the … Read More

2019 Taxes

It’s 2019 – Time to Start Thinking About Taxes

We’re one week into 2019 and already I’m starting to dread the tax filing deadline of April 15th. Each year I make the same New Year’s resolution to keep my personal and business records up-to-date for the entire year. But, then with the approaching holidays in November and December, I get distracted and neglect my organizing and filing. This year was no exception; thus, my dread of that April 15th date.

Saving time and money are the key objectives for having an organized system in place. This is … Read More

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year

We hope you are ready for 2019 with a list of New Year’s resolutions you plan to accomplish this year. We at Strategic Hourglass Solutions are excited about the new year and the upcoming release of our latest product, Information for My Caregiver. This comprehensive guide will be available for purchase later in January on our Purchase a Planner page. It may be just what you or a loved one needs for getting the new year started off right with meeting those 2019 resolutions.

happy holidays 2018

Happy Holidays!

We at Strategic Hourglass Solutions wish everyone a very happy holiday season! We also acknowledge and honor our brave military men and women who are not able to celebrate the holidays with their loved ones! As the last days of 2018 come to a close, we hope they are filled with joy, love, and goodwill for all!

alzheimers know the signs

Alzheimer’s – Do You Know the Signs?

The elderly patriarch of the family was a pillar of strength for not only his family, but also his community and church. He was kind, considerate, and always available if someone needed help. His outgoing nature and sense of humor hid the exhibition of the early signs of Alzheimer’s and his family’s and friend’s realization of those signs.

He would venture out daily in his car to run some errands or to just cruise the neighborhood. Since he was retired, these daily exclusions didn’t cause alarm to his family. With the passing of time, his … Read More

Caregiver Questions

Caregiver Questions to Consider

How would you answer these 3 questions?

  1. Have you ever been a caregiver?
  2. Are you a caregiver now?
  3. Do you expect to need a caregiver as you age?

Planning is imperative regardless of whether you are a caregiver or a care receiver now, or expect to be in the future. Oftentimes, the caregiver is thrown into a chaotic situation resulting in more questions than answers. This creates additional stress for everyone. The legal, financial, and … Read More

Information for my Caregiver

Information for My Caregiver

My recent trip to Texas included a Caregiver Lunch & Learn in San Antonio. Laura, my business partner, and I met many amazing people including sponsors, caregivers, and care receivers. One woman in particular made quite the impression on me. She is the youngest of 14 children and the caregiver for an older sister who had a stroke years ago.

Laura and I were astounded to learn there are 90 million Americans who care for loved ones. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that “an estimated 66% of caregivers are female”. Participants in the event shared many stories about the frustration of both the caregiver and the care receiver regarding doctors, hospitals, medications, medical histories, health directives, living wills, and … Read More

Thanksgiving 2018

Thanksgiving 2018 – It was the Best!

Hopefully everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving and celebrated according to their family traditions. I must admit this Thanksgiving was very different, but it was also one I’ll always remember as being very special.

Although my 91-year-old mother had numerous invitations from her family, she wanted to be home on Thanksgiving. Upon hearing this, I immediately volunteered to cook Thanksgiving dinner at her farmhouse. As I was mentally preparing a menu that included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce, I asked Mom what she wanted me to cook. Much to my total … Read More

Lifetime Legacy Planner Cover

Lifetime Legacy Planner – Why I Wrote This Book

Twelve years ago, I never thought I would write a book about organizing. But then, life happens and circumstances change. A personal tragedy involving the loss of life, personal information, and property lead to a book. This book.

An early morning house fire took the life of my 32-year-old nephew Shayne. His death propelled me to leave my job and home in Houston and return to my hometown in central Illinois. I had lived in Texas for 27 years, so the move back to Illinois involved immense soul searching. After seven months of …Read More

Aging in Place

Aging in Place

As the senior population increases, more seniors are opting to age in place. My 91-year-old mother is choosing to do just that. Mom still lives on the family farm and has emphatically stated to her nine living children that we are not to even remotely consider moving her out of the home where she raised her family. It’s hard to dispute her request. She still participates in senior water aerobics twice a week at her Fit Club, stays involved in her farm operation decisions, drives herself to church each Sunday, and does her own grocery shopping and cooking. Recently, she relinquished … Read More

National Family Caregivers Month

November Is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Every day, more than 44 million family members, friends and volunteers devote time, energy, and resources in providing assistance and care. When asked about caregiving, most people immediately think of an older relative who receives care at an assisted living facility or nursing home and no longer lives at home. But often the term refers to one actually giving the care such as the parent of a child with special needs, the spouse of a wounded soldier, or the adult child of a parent diagnosed with MS, Parkinson’s, or Alzheimer’s.

Caregiving is exhausting, both physically and emotionally, and a spousal caregiver has the … Read More

holiday shopping

Holiday Shopping – It’s That Time Already

How did the holiday shopping season arrive so fast? It seems like just yesterday brick and mortar stores displayed swimsuits, shorts, and sandals and online ads touted these same items. We planned fun outdoor activities like cookouts, swimming, boating and baseball games, and did outdoor chores such as yard mowing and garden tending. Yet, here we are with Thanksgiving and Christmas advertising now competing for our attention.

I recall as a child hearing older people state ‘time goes by faster the older you get’. Of course, when … Read More

Aging and Technology

Aging and Technology

Technological advances astound me. The capabilities in the average smart phone today far exceed the computing power available to NASA for its 1969 moon mission. I can walk into my home and ask Alexa to play my favorite music, read my email to me or continue narrating my latest Audible book selection. Older friends text their great grandchildren, FaceTime with family living overseas and update Facebook regularly detailing their travels or new restaurant find. Companies like Google and Amazon notice Baby Boomers embrace technology and … Read More

death of the caregiver

Death of the Caregiver

Nearly every day I read or hear about the growing crisis of caregivers and the demands made on their time and finances when caring for a family member or loved one. Informal or unpaid caregivers are frequently diagnosed  with depression or anxiety, exhibit a higher than normal use of medications (both prescription and over the counter) and often have a compromised immune system. The caregiver may also have to cope with their care receiver’s confusion, sadness and general unhappiness which begets violent behavior. Statistics show … Read More