When I am not motivating myself, my clients, and the world to move its assets, I’m out gallivanting at Island Lake Center. ILC is the nursing home where both of my parents, Elaine 86 and Manny (aka The Man-ee-ac) 90, now dwell. After moving my parents to separate facilities almost 30 times over the last five years, they are finally at Island Lake. No one knows better than me how important it is to put the O2 on YOURSELF so you CAN assist others. In fact, being thrust into the parent caregiver world is so common to us clueless Generation Xers and Baby Boomers nowadays, that Growing Bolder decided to do a story about me called Confessions of a Caregiver. Martie Salt of WFTV 9 ABC won an Emmy award for her outstanding, must-see series Blindsided: The Reality of Caring for Aging Parents, which featured some candid stories including hers and mine.
I am usually pretty private with what goes on behind closed doors at the nursing home. The whole experience brings on more emotions in a two-minute time frame than anything in my 51 years on this planet has ever brought about. A while ago, my husband shot this candid video of my interaction with Elaine and Manny and for a plethora of reasons, I felt I had to share it now. So…
It’s time to meet the parents
Obviously there is not much more I need to say (for a change)! So I will let you pause, pace, and absorb this interaction on your own. And yes, my mom has advanced dementia and barely speaks; this was a miracle day. Please share this with everyone you know who is caring for their parent(s) or other loved one and let them know that I (The Asset Queen) truly gets it! In fact, I get it SO much now, that I will be starting a blog caregivingdivas.com as well as a FB page to lend a (much needed) ear and an empathetic voice. Stay tuned!
Bethanne Weiss B.S., is an Orlando based motivational speaker, author, and ACE-certified fitness and nutrition profession with 30 years of moving assets from chairs and changing lives. MoveYourAssets.com