Role Reversal: Care of Yourself & Ageing Parents w/ Iris Waichler
July 30, 2021
Hosted by Diane Dewey
Are you spread too thin? Mad with confusion? Making decisions for others? Trying to find the time for self-care, their care, family care and staying sane all at once? You're not alone. Designed to help caregivers understand how to cope with and overcome the overwhelming challenges that arise while caregiving for a loved one?especially an aging parent?Role Reversal is a comprehensive guide to navigating the enormous daily challenges faced by caregivers. In these pages, Waichler blends her personal experience caring for her beloved father with her forty years of expertise as a patient advocate and clinical social worker. It includes hers and her father's voices telling his life story and using it as a springboard to address universal caregiving issues.The result is a book offering invaluable information on topics ranging from estate planning to grief and anger to building a support network and finding the right level of care for your elderly parent. Iris's book, Role Reversal, How to Take Care of Yourself and Your Aging Parents winner of : Finalist Best Book Award 2016 Finalist Indie Excellence Award 2016 Living Now Silver Award Winner 2017 Honorable Mention Readers Favorite Award 2017 Book Excellence Award 2017 Runner Up Award Florida Book Festival 2018 Honorable Mention Hollywood Book Festival 2018. Iris is also Author of Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster: A Guide to Educate and Inspire: Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner for Best Book of the Year. Winner of the National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) Gold Award for best book of the year. Winner of the finalist award for Foreword Magazine 2007 non-fiction Book of the Year. Drop in with us as Iris offers her sage advice on these trickiest and deepest life dilemmas. Facebook Page @ site https://www.facebook.com/RoleReversal1
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At Dropping In we’ll explore diverse stories about identity. By listening to others talk about their own path, ours becomes less fearful. Where are we now and how do we meet the challenges? Dropping In is a place of discovery. We might believe that our life experiences are uniquely our own. Yet there’s a community of people that are here to bear witness, to relate to, link arms with and support us. They join us on Dropping In, tackling subjects like breaking into your dream business, cultural differences, child abuse, mental illness, shamanism, gender search, religious shunning, and fitting in as a marginalized outsider. These can feel like lonesome tasks. How do others find their power? Listening to their personal truths validates our own. Drop into the conversation to find the common threads, your uniqueness and our shared experience as humans.
My most pressing question has always been about identity: Who am I? Growing up near Philadelphia with my adoptive family, my genetic identity was hidden. Then, my Swiss biological father, Otto, contacted me when I was age forty-seven in 2002. I’d been told by my adoptive parents that my biological parents were dead, supposedly to protect me. Meeting Otto upended my life. Through him, I met my German biological mother’s family to discover that her story too, had been changed; that she’d not wanted to surrender me and she’d searched for me all her life. Finding my truth was essential.
Based on my experience I am excited to talk to people about their own search for identity. My education includes a BA from Villanova University, a certificate from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. I’ve worked for The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The SoHo Partnership and the National Academy of Design and have studied writing through New York University’s Continuing Education program. As an entrepreneur, I founded my art appraisal business, The Realization of Art in 2006. My non-fiction writing has been published in Shared Space, a monograph, and in Artes online magazine. Writing workshops worldwide have given me the chance to learn and hone my craft. My first book, “Fixing the Fates,” was awarded the National Non-Fiction Author’s Association Silver Medal and the Living Now Award.