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 Safety: Getting Professional Assessments — Aug 14, 2009
Expert advice for older driversIf you're not sure whether or not an older driver is safe behind the wheel, there are experts who can help. The driver's physicians What you ...
Driving: Get Help for Older Adults by Using Authority Figures and Friends — Aug 13, 2009
Get backup if you think an older adult is unsafe on the roadIf you've talked to your friend or relative about giving up driving and he refuses to listen, it's time to seek ...
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:Healt...
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 ...
Lasting Legacy — Jul 29, 2009
A lasting legacy for friends and family To help older adults recognize and understand their legacy, consider a family legacy project. A legacy project will help them cel...
Taking Away the Car Keys: Last-Resort Tactics — May 10, 2009
If you're caring for someone who's no longer safe behind the wheel, and you've tried talking to him and getting backup but he still refuses to stop driving, it's time for s...
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 ...
How to Deliver a Eulogy — May 06, 2009
The basic steps for delivering a eulogy Giving a eulogy for a parent, other family member, or friend who has recently died isn't easy, but it's something y...
Talking to a Loved One About Death — May 06, 2009
Broaching the subject of death with a loved one As frightening and painful as it can be, if your loved one is aging, you should consider talking to him abo...