Friday, October 07, 2011

The Caregiver Village Experience

Caregiver Village is excited about their team of Book Club Hosts Book Club Hosts
As you may be aware, the number of unpaid family caregivers in North America is 50 million and growing every day. I’d like to introduce you and the readers of The Eagle Eye News to Caregiver Village, an online community designed exclusively for those who provide care for anyone with special needs. Caregiver Village members connect with friends, participate in book clubs with celebrity authors, journal, play mystery games, solve puzzles, and learn valuable information about caregiving. The founders of Caregiver Village have also just put aside a portion of the launch funding to support caregiving organizations. For every person that joins Caregiver Village, they will donate $1 to that persons organization of choice. I've created a page which explains everything:
Sheila Watson
Vicki Schmall, PhD, noted educator and family caregiver speaker, hosting "Driving Decisions." Driving challenges is the point where many families first become involved in their parents’ lives as caregivers. Vicki is the author of the widely-used family guide book, Powerful Tools for Caregivers and is an expert in the field of helping families cope with stress and the life changes that occur when families begin caregiving.

Lisa Cerasoli, actress and author of new book, "As Nora Jo Fades Away," hosting "It's HIP to Care."  Caregiving from a funny, hip perspective – with serious solutions. Lisa is currently making a series of films about her caregiving experience and has already won numerous awards for her story and her films.

James Waterman, Certified Care Advisor and entrepreneur involved in creating services for caregivers hosting "Real Men are Caregivers."  Caregiving is not just for women anymore – men are becoming  increasingly involved in caregiving, too. Jamie shares his personal story about his relationship with his dad, giving him personal and professional credibility.

B. Lynn Goodwin, Journaling coach and author of "You Want me to do What?" hosts "Journal your way to Joy."  Journaling can be hard to start, but so very rewarding once you get the flow.  Caregiver Village’s very own "Journaling Guru" will lead the way. Lynn is a frequent speaker on the power of journaling in the caregiver's life.

Barbara Pursleygenuine Southern Gal and author of "Embracing the Moment" hosts "Caregiving with Divine Love."  Caregiving is an experience for the soul as well as the mind and body, no matter your religion or beliefs. Barbara shares her personal story and her belief in the power of the divine through her frequent lectures and tours.


The societal problem:
Despite millions of government dollars and hundreds of dedicated websites, family caregivers are in trouble.  With over 60 million family caregivers in the U.S. alone, many caregivers become sick (with nearly twice the rate of chronic illnesses as their non-caregiving peers); they’re depressed (40-70% report significant feelings of depression), they face a significantly increased risk of stroke, and they’re frustrated, unable to find resources or solutions they need to help with the enormous burden thrust upon them. They’re also costly to our economy accounting for an estimated $33.6 billion in lost productivity.   
The caregiver’s problem:
Family caregivers are exhausted, stressed to the point of illness and frustrated by their isolation.Caregiver Village’s virtual village creates a close knit community where caregivers can discover a sense of deep personal satisfaction – and escape – from the hard, intense work of family caregiving; while simultaneously learning how to handle their stress and building online connections with people in exactly the same situation as them.

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