Episode 143: Caring for older parents with Liz O’Donnell

Liz O’Donnell

Liz O’Donnell is the founder of Working Daughter, a global community for women balancing eldercare and career. She’s the award-winning author of Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning A Living, which is a brilliant book. She’s a longtime marketing executive who’s become a recognized expert on caregiving and in 2020, she created National Working Daughter’s Day.

We talk about:

  • Why Liz wrote the book, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning A Living
  • The importance of moving from resentment to acceptance
  • The power of unconditional love and showing up
  • Why Liz focused on daughters in her book
  • Why it’s helpful to look forward to the time when you’re no longer caring (even though that means your parents are not there anymore)
  • Flexibility and the cost of being flexible
  • How the Covid-19 pandemic put everything in perspective
  • Living through the caregiving
  • How workplaces can help carers
  • The expectation that it will always be the daughter
  • Judging your actions not your thoughts
  • Finding alternative solutions to a difficult situation

And more!

Liz’s website: workingdaughter.com

Liz’s: Facebook | Twitter | Linkedin

Working Daughter: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Liz’s books: Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making a Living and Mogul, Mom, & Maid: The Balancing Act of the Modern Woman

Other resources mentioned:

Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

You may also like this podcast: Caring for a loved one with dementia with Carolyn Birrell. Carolyn shares her own journey navigating her mother’s path into dementia, so that others may be better prepared.

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