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Understanding Your Life Stage and Caregiving Skill Set

keruppertI was interviewed about my caregiving journey by Kenneth E. Rupert who received Board Certification from the International Board of Christian Coaches as a Master Christian Life Coach in 2012 and founded The Vita-Copia Group to offer life coaching services with a concentrated focus on caregivers.

When managing my family, life, and my parent’s needs grew overwhelming for me, I engaged with an executive coach who happened to also be a Christian. She taught me how to better manage all the aspects of my life from family, faith, community, and career. A huge factor was to embrace my faith and to be more mindful to the things going on around me. The process and the woman was invaluable so that I could manage as the caregiver for my parents. Lynda Alicudo is one of two women who I credit with helping me launch MemoryBanc.

The complete article Ken shares can be found here, but I wanted to share a brief snippet of his life stage classification system which is an insightful way to look at the skill set you bring to the job as a caregiver. In his article, he lists the four stages as:

· Discovering [childhood] (0-19 years)
· Establishing [young adulthood] (20-35 years)
· Accumulating [middle adulthood] (36-60 years)
· Distributing [late adulthood] (61-the rest of your life)

He goes on to speak about how these varied stages intersect with caregiving. I realize that hiring a coach as I began the difficult work of becoming a caregiver was one way to help build a strong and adaptable foundation so that I could manage this journey.

To learn more and get some tools to help you manage on your journey, here is a link to Ken’s author page on Amazon. Recommended. 

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