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The Loving Struggle of Caregiving while Parenting

Episode 173

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to care for a loved one with dementia while raising you kids? Join us as Jill Pietroburgo shares her heartwarming journey of caring for her mother and raising her children. Jill, an early childhood special education and co-founder of Eagles Wings Ministry, gracefully and lovingly navigates the complexities of dementia caregiving. She offers a unique perspective on the challenges and successes of this journey.
Jill’s story takes us from the onset of her mother’s illness, through the difficulties of finding suitable care, and ultimately, her mother’s passing. She shares emotional moments, like helping her mother say goodbye to her older sister, and talks about the different, sometimes surprising, aspects of caregiving. But it’s not all challenges and heartache; Jill explores how caregiving can serve as an expression of Christ’s love, and the importance of teaching children to love and respect their aging grandparents.
Beyond just sharing her personal experiences, Jill provides guidance and hope for fellow caregivers. She shares about her first children’s book- a tool for parents helping their young children understand dementia and her contribution to Content Magazine’s autumn 2023 edition. Whether you are a caregiver or know someone who is, this episode provides valuable insights for navigating the challenging, yet fulfilling journey of caring for someone with dementia.

0:03    Caring for a Loved One With Dementia
10:59  Caregiving Had to Change
19:18  God Showed Himself Through Other’s Support
22:10  Interactions With Aging Loved Ones
27:55  Caregiver Stories and Encouragement

This Episode is brought to you by:

Content Magazine Autumn

Jill Pietroburgo

Jill Pietroburgo

Jill is the adopted daughter of Bonnie Sullivant who has been diagnosed with dementia. Jill and her husband Phil have three grown children Jesse (who is married to Madee), Grace (who is Married to Malachi Schierling) and Sam (who is currently crazy about coyote hunting).

Jill has spent her career working with people with disabilities from infants to adults. She currently works as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher in West Plains, Missouri.

Jill and her husband co-founded a non-profit called Eagles’ Wings Ministries. Eagles’ Wings provides a short-term rental home for pastors and missionaries to have an affordable place to stay for rest and renewal.

Recently, Jill published her first children’s book called, “Sometimes Grandma Calls Me Jean.” The book was written for parents to begin to start the conversation, about dementia, with a young child. The book also includes tips for parents to support children who have a loved one with dementia.


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*Transcript is an actual recount of the live conversation

            Meet Your Host

Rayna Neises

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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