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

Medical Risk Factors for Older Drivers — Aug 13, 2009
How health conditions and drugs can affect an older adult's drivingThe following factors should not rule out driving, but they can elevate risk and warrant monitoring: Hea...
Four Signs of Unsafe Driving — Aug 13, 2009
Watch for these signs that an older adult you're close to is becoming a dangerous driver: Find out if his auto insurance rates have increased recently or if he has received...
Driving Safety: Using State DMVs — Aug 13, 2009
How the DMV can help make sure an older adult drives safely First do the research If you're worried about whether an older adult is driving safely, using ...
Family Counseling: Does It Help? — May 07, 2009
I'd love to hear from readers who've tried counseling or mediation to deal with family conflicts over caregiving issues. As the discussions here show, family conflicts are ...
Improve Elderly Communication: Demystifying Your Aging Parents' New Stage of Life — May 06, 2009
Bridging a generation gap with elderly parents Those of us who are caring for elderly parents are often bewildered by the decisions they make -- and by the...
Caring for a Difficult Older Adult — Apr 28, 2009
Caring for a difficult relative or other loved one Being a caregiver is never easy, but if you've spent much of your adult life trying just get along with ...
The Best Way to Talk to Aging Adults About Driving — Mar 30, 2009
How to approach the issue of driving What's the best way to approach your parents or other older adults about their driving abilities? In The D...