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

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...
Marriage and Relationships: How Caregiving Couples Can Make It Work — Feb 11, 2009
Even the strongest relationships can be pushed to the brink when one or both members of a couple are caring for an elderly relative. Stress, lack of privacy, fina...
Love and Marriage (and Caregiving): Caring.com's 2009 Survey — Feb 05, 2009
In honor of Valentine's Day -- and all those couples in the caregiving trenches -- Caring.com decided to find out how caregiving affects a caregiver’s relationship with a s...
How do I become a caregiver? — Jan 27, 2009
Most people become caregivers not out of choice but necessity. Becoming a caregiver is not like becoming a nurse; one chooses to become a nurse, and goes to school to learn...
How can we help my mother who is struggling with loneliness in the assisted living facility? — Nov 20, 2008
You didn't say whether or not you've approached facility administrators to discuss your concerns about your mother, but if you haven't, I think you should do so immediate...
How can I get my father, who lives with us, to respect the rules of our household? — Nov 10, 2008
If your father has Alzheimer's or some other type of dementia, this could be causing -- or exacerbating -- his irrational  behavior and bad temper. Be sure that he is under...
Final Messages — Nov 07, 2008
Last week, when I interviewed Michele Mason about caring for her neighbor, Andy, during his final days, she told me that the experience made her less afraid of her own deat...
Can physical activity help depression? — Nov 03, 2008
I agree with Missy that you should take your father-in-law in for a physical exam as soon as possible.  As she pointed out, he may be suffering from other, undiagnosed he...