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The Power of Preparedness and Parenting While Caregiving with Christy Byrne Yates

Episode 168

Imagine the peace of mind that comes with being prepared for the inevitable. Christy Byrne Yates, an educational psychologist, author, speaker, coach, and consultant, shares how her parents’ careful planning for their later years gave her the valuable gift of preparedness. Christy explains how being prepared helped her transition into the role of caregiver for her parents, who both had dementia, and how it affected her and her family.

Treading further down the path of caregiving, we delve deep into the challenging terrain of grief while our loved ones are still alive. Christy shares a peek into her emotional journey, highlighting the significance of embracing and expressing these raw feelings. She found writing letters to God, as a robust pillar of strength and resilience during these trying times. Christy inspires caregivers to be kind to themselves, find strength in God, and navigate the caregiving journey with grace and patience by sharing hopeful personal stories.

This episode is a heartfelt exploration of caregiving, a testament to the power of preparedness, and a guide to finding strength amidst grief. Tune in to my conversation with Christy Byrne-Akes and embark on a journey towards compassionate caregiving.


4:26       Being Prepared, a Gift from My Parents

14:43    The Challenges of Grief in Caregiving
20:40    Writing Letters to God was a Reminder of His Presence
24:31    You Are Valuable and Modeling That for Your Kids

This Episode is brought to you by:

Christy Byrne Yates

Christy Byrne Yates

Christy is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP), retired school psychologist, author, speaker, and coach/consultant. Her book, “Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation,” recounts her journey as a working mother of two who also managed the care of her parents, both of whom had some form of dementia. Combining her lived experience with her professional expertise in human development, wellness, and a strengths-based approach to finding solutions.

Christy develops content, workshops, and coaching to support Sandwiched families. She incorporates meditation, mindfulness, and other evidence-based mind/body practices into her work. She works with care communities, financial professionals, estate planners, and employers. Christy has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and graduate credentials in education and school psychology.


Building a Legacy of Love: Thriving in the Sandwich Generation

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Rayna Neises
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Rayna Neises, ACC

Author of No Regrets: Hope for Your Caregiving Season, Editor of Content Magazine, ICF Certified Coach, Speaker, Podcast Host, & Positive Approach to Care® Independent Trainer offering encouragement, support, and resources to those who are in a Season of Caring for Aging Parents.

Her passion is for those caring and their parents, so that both might be seen, not forgotten & cared for, not neglected.

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