Connie Matthiessen, Caring.com senior editor


Constance (Connie) Matthiessen, senior editor, has worked as a healthcare and environmental journalist at the Center for Investigative Reporting and has written for WebMD, Consumer Health Interactive, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, BabyCenter.com, San Francisco magazine, Mother Jones, and other publications. Connie's background also includes a B.A. in literature from Evergreen State College and an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College. She has been interested in eldercare issues since shortly after college, when she spent a year caring for elderly people in a nursing home.

Connie, who lives in San Francisco with her three children, considers herself lucky that her parents are still healthy and active as they approach their 80s. They both continue to pursue their passions, including fishing, horseback riding, travel, and spending time with their children, grandchildren,and great-grandchildren, providing living proof that growing old -- for all its challenges -- can be a time of inspiration, connection, and adventure.


Recently Published on Caring.com

Driving Assessment for Seniors — Dec 26, 2014
It isn't always immediately obvious when an elderly person begins to have trouble driving. Your parent may not notice that her driving skills are deteriorating or may no...
Lasting Legacy — Dec 24, 2014
Legacy: What it means and why it's important The word legacy is frequently used to describe the property that people leave their heirs when they die. But every human be...
A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing a Eulogy — Dec 03, 2014
Writing a eulogy at a time when you're probably already grieving might feel like more than you can handle. But if you can take a deep breath and put your apprehensions as...
Stop Driving — Nov 25, 2014
If you have concerns about an older adult's ability to drive, addressing them promptly could be a matter of life and death. It may be tempting to procrastinate -- to talk...
Warning Signs of Driving Problems: Quick List — Jan 31, 2013
One or more of these warning signs indicate that an older adult is having potential driving problems -- and they may signal that, at the very least, you'll need to closely ...
Why Giving up the Car Keys Is Such a Loaded Issue — Jan 17, 2013
How to Help an Older Adult Who Has to Stop Driving Giving up the car keys is a major milestone in a person's life, and it's important not to underestimate how devastating...
Dangerous Senior Drivers — Jan 17, 2013
What should you do if you've monitored your parent's or other aging family members' driving and are persuaded that they pose a risk -- but they refuse to stop driving? Many...
Elderly Driving — Jan 17, 2013
Caregivers say that talking to an older adult about giving up the car keys is one of the most difficult -- and important -- tasks they face, according to a 2008 survey by C...
Giving up Driving: Easing the Transition — Jan 17, 2013
Helping an older adult give up driving on an emotional level Giving up driving won't be easy for the person in your care, both from a practical standpoint and an emotiona...
When to Stop Driving — Jan 17, 2013
If your aging parent or other family member is like most people, the decision to stop driving is likely to be a wrenching one. It raises daunting practical problems (How ...