This Caregiver Life

S1E9: Burnout - A Candid Conversation

An episode of This Caregiver Life

By Mary Hahn Ward
Jennifer Mackinday & Mary Hahn Ward are long-time caregivers. "This Caregiver Life" podcast explores the journey of caregivers from all walks of life. Jenn and Mar are caregivers to veterans but have also been caregivers to non-veterans. We will share the unfiltered stories of those on the front line of care giving. Let's keep each other company as we live This Caregiver Life!
p.s. We are excited to share we have recently been rated a top ten caregiver podcast! Wow!
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S2E4: How Wellthy Improves Caregiver Well Being, With Special Guest Lindsay Jurist-Rosner
Lindsay Jurist-Rosner is the CEO of Wellthy, Inc. based in New York City. Wellthy is helping the 66 million Americans who care for aging, chronically ill, and disabled loved ones. With Wellthy, Lindsay is building the company she needed throughout the 28-years caring for her mother. Prior to founding Wellthy in 2014, Lindsay was in the advertising technology and media industries with functional responsibilities in marketing, product and sales. Lindsay served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing at NY-based advertising technology startup, Simulmedia. Before that, Lindsay ran Marketing Research at Machinima; worked in product and strategic marketing at Microsoft; worked in marketing at LA-based startup, Spot Runner; and ran the west coast advertising and marketing relationships for The Atlantic. Lindsay received an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BA. To find out more about Wellthy go to 
October 6, 2019
S2E3: 2nd Time Around
Meet Lisa who balances her growing career with caregiving for her husband. Lisa shares insight into how she makes it all work, and how any can keep moving forward in their life, despite setbacks. We also learn about They connect clients with board-certified, leading doctors across the country for an expert second opinion via video or phone within 3 to 5 days. the best part is their Care Team coordinates all the details, so you can focus on one thing – getting the best care possible.  This season is all about asking for help, where to find it, and how to accept it when it's offered. We hope you enjoy this episode. Please consider leaving us a 5-star rating, and if you're a superfan, share a link to this podcast on your social media. You can connect to us online at, on Twitter @ThisCaregiver. Interested in being a guest or sponsoring our show? Send us a note:
September 26, 2019
S2E2: She Loved Him First
Welcome to Season 2 of "This Caregiver Life". "He Loved Her First", Denise Albea shares with us the journey she has been on caring for her dad and how she has found help along the way. Her dad has Parkinson's Disease and attends a program, Elderhaus, for people who are 55 years old and up. Elderhaus is a program that provides community and home based care. Season 2 is focused on help: getting help, asking for help, accepting help, offering help. We will explore the various ways in which caregivers have been in the help mode, and how they have addressed it. We will also have conversations with organizations and agencies that sometimes have the help we need. 
September 16, 2019
S2 Bonus Episode: Ready For Anything
Jenn and Mar share their recent experience preparing for Hurricane Dorian, as well as, the focus of the second season of "This Caregiver Life".  Please follow us on our social media platforms. You can find us on Facebook at This Caregiver Life, on Twitter at ThisCargiverLife@ThisCaregiver, and on Instagram at thiscaregiverlife. Have something you want to share with us? Leave us a message! If you like us please give us a 5 star rating! 
September 6, 2019
S2E1: Worst Case Scenario
This episode is a rebroadcast of our companion podcast, Sarcasm Sisters. We relive Mar’s experience preparing for an enduring Hurricane Florence. Caregivers will find tips and suggestions when preparing for natural disasters themselves, and anyone can learn how to support caregivers during stressful times. Thanks for listening. Be sure to connect with us on social media @thiscaregiverlife on Facebook and @thiscaregiver on Twitter. You can also send us an email, .
September 6, 2019
S1E10: Marjorie Pennington - Bringing Home the War
Welcome to our last episode of Season One. Marjorie Pennington, author of "Bring Home the War: The Life of a Military Caregiver", joined us for an in-depth conversation about being a military caregiver to her husband. "Bringing Home the War" is a powerful story of faith, and commitment.  Marjorie says this: "This book is the culmination of a long journey. It wasn't a journey my  husband or I can say we chose, but rather it was one that chose us nonetheless. I decided to write this book as an insight into the life of being a  caregiver for military soldiers injured by war. I wanted to share our  journey so that it could inspire others going through similar battles  and also provide some insight into how to cope when the going gets  rough, as it inevitably does." As we close out Season One we thank all of our listeners for following us. We will be back in August with a kickoff to Season Two. To follow us on Facebook look for This Caregiver Life where we post articles, resources, and items of interest to caregivers throughout June and July. 
June 18, 2019
S1E9: Burnout - A Candid Conversation
 Jean Montjoy joins us today in a candid conversation about burnout. Jean holds a masters in Social Work, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She chats with us today about burnout from a professional caregiver perspective. She shares with us her journey as a social worker, how burnout sneaks up on her, and how she has addressed it. She is kind, compassionate, transparent, and overall good human. 
June 14, 2019
S1E8: Carrying On with Caira Benson
Caira Benson is a seasoned professional in the nonprofit community, a homeschooling mother of five, and caregiver for her disabled veteran husband and three of their children. Her dedication to providing the best quality of life to her clan is inspirational. Join us as we learn about Caira's journey as a Hidden Hero, and we learn how she manages to even make time for herself.  Caira is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow, proudly representing South Dakota.  This is real life. This is Caregiver Life.  
May 8, 2019
S1E7: Veteran Directed Care - A Call To Action
Our guest today is Karee White, an Army veteran, married to an Army veteran for 30 years, mother to nine children...yes you read that correctly, and a caregiver to her daughter Kimmy. Kimmy is a wounded veteran with a severe traumatic brain injury. Veteran Directed Care is a VA program Kimmy is part of, and Karee almost can't live without.  Veteran Directed Care (VDC) is: The Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS)  program is designed to allow veterans who are potential candidates for  nursing home placement to receive that level of care in their homes,  their caregivers' homes or in non-supportive, independent living  communities (not assisted living residences). The program provides  veterans with a budget and allows them to choose their own care  providers in place of receiving care services from the VA health care  system. In some cases, family members of the veteran can be paid for the  care they provide. (
April 30, 2019
S1E6: Caring for Our Kids - Asthma & Food Allergies
  Megan Smith is an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow and joins us today as our guest. Megan is a caregiver to her husband who was injured in Afghanistan, and a mom of two boys. In addition to her beloved role of mom to her sons, one of them requires additional care. Her oldest has severe myopia, asthma, and food allergies. Megan is kind enough to give us an inside peek at how she juggles her responsibilities while also being a mom.  
April 23, 2019
S1E5: Cherish The Moments
Lara Garey is our guest on this podcast. Lara is the spouse, and caregiver, of an Air Force veteran with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS. Lara is also a newly appointed Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow. In this podcast Lara does not hold back on how deep she is into the care giving role. She fit in this interview while her husband, Tom, was in ICU. 
April 16, 2019
S1E4 Self Care: Good for Body & Soul
What is self-care and why do we need it? Is your go-to self-care healthy? Is it working? Explore all things self-care in this episode of This Caregiver Life, and visit our Facebook page www.facebook.thiscaregivelife where you can ask questions, share ideas and learn more about caregiving. This is real life. This is our caregiver life.
March 12, 2019
S1E3: Life After Sepsis
A sepsis survivor and a caregiver of a sepsis survivor have an unfiltered conversation about sepsis survival. Jenn is a sepsis survivor of two and a half years. Mar's spouse, Tom, in addition to having ALS for eight and a half years, recently survived sepsis.
February 12, 2019
S1E2: ALS - Roasting for Research
This Caregiver Life podcast today focuses on a unique fundraising effort for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Roasting for Research. Please join us to learn more about this exceptional campaign that raises awareness, and funding, to help beat back ALS. 
January 20, 2019
S1E1: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of a Bathroom
In their opening 'This Caregiver Life' podcast Jenn and Mar, caregivers to their veterans, share their thoughts on Chicago O'Hare's new, accessible bathroom: “Changing Places Restroom”. 
January 10, 2019
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