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

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 ...
Keeping Older Drivers on the Road: Limiting Driving — Jan 08, 2013
Helping an older adult find her driving limits You may worry that the person you're caring for isn't driving as well as she used to. But naturally, she'd prefer not to gi...
Family Conflict — Dec 23, 2012
Common Causes of Family Tensions and Disagreements It shouldn't surprise anyone that sensitive family dynamics can be one of the most challenging aspects of caregiving ...
How to Talk to Elderly Loves Ones About Tough Family Issues — Sep 22, 2012
Adult children and their parents often have trouble talking effectively. Small disagreements can be irksome and frustrating; if they simmer and grow, they can poi...
How to Help Older Adults Cope When They Can No Longer Drive — Feb 12, 2010
  Why giving up driving is so difficult for older adults, and how to support them emotionally There's no denying that giving up driving can be ...
Helping an Older Adult Stay on the Road -- and Preparing for the Day He Can't Drive — Feb 09, 2010
Help keep an older adult safe behind the wheel It's likely the day will come when someone you're close to has to give up the car for good, but in the meantime, you can t...
Keeping Older Drivers on the Road: Driving Refresher Courses — Jan 27, 2010
When the person in your care is showing signs that driving may be creating a danger to her or to others, the solution may just be a matter of taking a refresher driving cou...
When One Older Adult Is Caring for the Other — Jan 27, 2010
Caring for the caregiver of an older adult If an older adult experiences a health crisis and the person he's living with -- whether it's his spouse or someone else -- is h...
8 Ways to Prepare Your Young Child for a Grandparent's Death — Sep 04, 2009
People often conceal the reality of death from young children in an effort to protect them from painful and frightening "adult" matters. In earlier time...
How can my brother and I convince my aging parents to move closer to us? — Aug 24, 2009
You may not be able to persuade your parents to move, if they really don't want to. All you can do is make your best case, and then it's up to them. A few suggestions: you ...