In this episode of The Miracle You podcast with your host Vince Kramer of Imagine Miracles, Vince and his guest Bill Cohen explore the world of caregiving. Bill shares the story of his journey cargiving for his mother and the importance of the caregiver taking care of themselves.
Bill Cohen is a caregiver support group leader and speaker, an Alzheimer’s Association volunteer, a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®, and the owner of Cohen Caregiving Support Consultants.
His loving and talented mother, Sheila, lost her home to Hurricane Katrina. Then, she lost her health, ability to create beautiful art and, ultimately, her life due to Alzheimer’s. For almost 10 years, Bill was her primary caregiver and advocate, not just her elder son.
Bill provides guidance on how to manage care and behaviors, and how to practice self-care and prevention. He gives family caregivers support, advice, resources, and referrals. Bill has completed multiple caregiving and aging courses through the Alzheimer’s Association and the Society for Certified Senior Advisors™️, has a financial services and government background, and earned business degrees from Boston and Portland State Universities. A native New Englander, Bill has lived in the Portland, Oregon area for over 37 years with his wife of almost 42 years, Lori.
Official Website: https://cohencaregivingsupport.com/
Three Key Points:
Some of the most challenging or difficult times in our lives take us in a direction that opens us up to a possibility that we may never had considered. It forces us to act or do in ways that we never would have considered.
Although challenging, there is so much we learn about ourselves and the understanding and growth that comes from these experiences help us to see the difference we are meant to make or the problem that we are here to help solve.
Some of our most satisfying experiences come from life’s most difficult circumstances. Today we learn how the experience of being a caregiver for his loving mother opened his heart and his mind to helping others on a journey where they might think they need to do it alone.
4:18 – Our guest Bill Cohen share more about who he is and what he is sharing with other is this world.
6:09 – Bill shares how becoming a caregiver for his mother led him to uncovering a passion and a calling he couldn’t ignore.
9:26 – Learn how the circumstances in his life led to understanding and answering his life calling.
13:30 – Bill shares how his past experiences and jobs all came into preparing him to live on purpose.
17:12 – Bill shares the gifts that he got in the experience of his mom’s dementia and have helped him on his journey.
20:36 – Learn the importance of the caregivers taking care of taking care of themselves.
26:02 – Bill shares how to help the caregiver as they care for their loved ones.
Imagine Miracles Resources:
- Your Unique Purpose Formula: Vince’s Five-Step Process to Discover Your Purpose and Your Miracle Life.
- C.R.E.A.T.E Model: Vince’s Six Steps to Creating and Living the Life that You Desire.
- Free Chapter: From Vince’s Best-selling Book Sharing the Four Things You Don’t Know Keeping You From Living a Miracle Life.