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STC on the Wall Street Journal Marketwatch

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An article on the Wall Street Journal:
Online: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/for-the-best-retirement-build-a-social-portfolio-2014-05-21
Click here to view as a PDF

Article by Elizabeth O’Brien
Reporter, MarketWatch

From: Page 2 of the article:
A disparate group of friends can also cohere into a powerful caregiving unit in times of need, said Sheila Warnock, founder and president of the New York City-based nonprofit organization ShareTheCaregiving and co-author of the book, “Share the Care: How to organize a group to care for someone who is seriously ill.” Years ago, Warnock, then an advertising creative director, and a friend formed a group to care for a sick mutual friend, a divorced woman with two teenage children and a serious cancer diagnosis.

The caregiving group of 12 members came from all aspects of the friend’s life, and most were strangers to one another at the beginning. Not all were close friends of the sick woman. Yet they organized into a unit that took care of their mutual friend for 3½ years, until her death, using a system of rotating “captains” that allowed everyone to contribute in different roles—going to medical appointments, cooking, cleaning, and even organizing a daughter’s wedding—without any one caregiver feeling overwhelmed.

Warnock has some advice for those who live alone and prize their independence, a group whose ranks are growing. Today, a record 27% of U.S. households are compromised of just one person, including those of nearly 12 million Americans 65 and over, according to the Census Bureau, up from nearly 10 million in 2000.

One reason why caregiving can feel overwhelming, both for the giver and the receiver, is because as a society we don’t often experience it until the need becomes overpowering, Warnock said. “Back in the pioneer days, if you didn’t have your neighbors, you wouldn’t survive,” she said. “These days, you walk down the street and everyone has their face in an iPhone.”

So make like a pioneer and practice giving and receiving help, Warnock advised. Go shopping for an elderly neighbor. Ask friends to come paint your apartment. That way, it won’t feel so foreign when you’re in a position to really need the help—or to give it.

Time spent cultivating your network is one of the best investments you can make. A diverse portfolio will give you something to live on in retirement, but friends will give you something to live for.

For the best retirement, build a ‘social portfolio’ – MarketWatch

 

Important STC Research Study

CALLING ALL STC GROUPS PAST and PRESENT

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED FOR AN IMPORTANT RESEARCH STUDY

STC SURVEY CLICK ON THE LINK THAT BEST DESCRIBES YOUR ROLE

Your Role

Caregivers/Family

Group Members

Care Receivers

The survey should take less than 10 minutes and your responses are confidential.

Amy Hegener, LMSW, a doctoral student from the University at Albany is conducting this evaluation of Share The Care (STC) to establish an evidence-base that supports STC as a best practice model for innovative caregiving strategies.  If you have questions on the research study, you may contact Amy directly.

If you would like more information and the printable version of the survey as a PDF, please click here to access it.

THANK YOU.

DO YOU KNOW OTHERS WHO COULD PARTICIPATE IN THIS STUDY? CLICK HERE: to download a PDF invitation to participate in Research Study for them.

Caregiving Summit – Name it; know its many faces.

eCareDiary Interview below took place at the Emblem Health Family Caregiving Summit.(Event photos below.)



The subject of “Who Takes Care of The Person Who Live Alone” was addressed in depth in an article Sheila wrote for the Association For Women In Science Magazine.
Click here to read the article
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EmblemHealth’s NYC Partnership for Family Caregiving Corps
was in full force o
n April 30th at the NY Academy of Medicine for the Caregiving Summit – Name it; know its many faces.

The turn out was fantastic…even in a downpour!
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