Carol O'Dell, Caring.com contributing editor


Carol O'Dell is the author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir, about her experience caring for her mother through Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and coronary diseases. Visit her blog that explores the joys and challenges of caregiving at Caregiving, Mothering Mother and More. Carol is a featured speaker at caregiver workshops and conferences of caregivers and healthcare and geriatric professionals.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Best Caregiving Apps of 2018 to Help Steer You Through Caregiving — Dec 30, 2014
If you have a smartphone, you probably know what apps are -- but did you know they can actually help to make caregiving more manageable? A smartphone is like having a mini-...
Best In-Home Caregiver Traits — Dec 27, 2014
Perhaps you've been caring for an aging parent for years, or you recently visited and realized that your loved one needs some extra help with personal hygiene, preparing me...
The Long-Distance Caregiver: Managing Care Across Miles — Oct 30, 2013
If you're a long-distance caregiver, then you know the drill. You call all the time. You coordinate care from 400 miles away. You spend long weekends or vacation time visit...
Dealing With Erections While Caring For Dad - Any Ideas? — Mar 11, 2010
It's embarrassing, uncomfortable, and completely natural. As adult children, we don't want to think about our parents--that way. But nature has a mind of its own. My f...
If You Could Write A Letter To Your Care Partner, What Would You Say? — Mar 10, 2010
If you could write a letter to your care partner (mom/dad/spouse) and they could really "get" your heart, what would you say? Here is part of one I wrote"¦ Dear Mother,...
What, Besides Duct Tape, Stops Politically Incorrect And Offensive Remarks? — Feb 26, 2010
My mother was the queen of saying the wrong thing to the wrong person at the wrong time. She had no idea what being "politically correct" meant or why it would apply to her...
How Do You Get Through The Really Dark And Rough Times Of Caregiving? — Feb 22, 2010
Most caregivers have to face some pretty dark and rough times. The very loved ones we are trying to care for may scream at us, try to bite or hit us, make it impossible to ...
"I Am Growing Bitter." — Feb 22, 2010
I met a woman recently at a caregiving event and her story haunts me. She's been caregiving two parents with Alzheimer's and a smorgasbord of other health problems for clos...
"I Hate My Mother." — Feb 22, 2010
"I hate my mother. She's mean and nasty. She demands all my time and sabotages any relationships I form. She's only 64--had a stroke--and then dementia set in. She could li...
Is Caregiving The "New Cool?" — Feb 16, 2010
A lot of priorities were set straight after 9/11. We realized that family really is important and perhaps nothing is more satisfying than gathering around our dining room t...