Today we’re talking about elder care and caregivers.


Where are the senior parents of approximately 74 million baby boomers (that’s about 22.9% of the U.S. population) going to live when they are struck with health challenges, financial issues, or the death of a spouse?

What can we do to help an elderly loved one that’s dealing with issues like Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, heart problems, or a myriad of other ailments that place them into a position of requiring care?

Freelance Content Writer, Deb Hipp, joins me to share her expertise both personally and professionally in this area. With over 20 years of experience as a journalist and writer, Deb began writing about elder care, aging, and caregiving issues after her own father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and hopes that her writing can help others who are going through these heartbreaking situations as well.

Today she discusses the progression of Alzheimer’s, the stress and overwhelm that comes with being a caregiver, and the importance of asking for help.


We Discuss:

  • Saying The Right Thing When You Don’t Know What to Say – Handling difficult conversations
  • The importance of being consciously present when having a conversation with someone
  • What led Deb Hipp to start writing about elder care, aging, caregiving, and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Progression of diseases like Alzheimers and Dementia and common safety precautions
  • The progressive grieving process of losing a declining parent or loved one in stages
  • The impact that taking on a caregiving role has on a spouse or other close loved one
  • The importance of a caregiver making their mental and physical health a priority
  • Hiring a respite volunteer from a local community organization that deals with seniors


“Many times the caregiver will die first, just from being worn down. In fact, my mom had health problems and I really thought she would die first, just because she was so worn down. But, she takes better care of herself now because she doesn’t have that extra stress.”  –  Deb Hipp


About Deb:
Deb Hipp Headshot

Deb Hipp is a freelance content writer who contributes to A Place for Mom, Huff Post, Forbes, and several other prestigious publications.

She writes about senior living and aging issues, health, insurance, personal finance, and credit.

Deb has written blog posts, articles, e-books, and case studies for numerous websites and clients.

She has also worked in travel and tourism and held management positions that lend insight into business and employment trends for articles and blog posts.


“On one hand, someone wants to be there, but on the other hand, nobody really wants this to be how their life is. So, you have to make the best of it, and that won’t happen if you’re just in the house all the time. You have to get away and take some respite.”  –  Deb Hipp


Resources Mentioned:


Thanks For Listening!

Please share your thoughts with us:

If you enjoy the show, please subscribe and leave an honest review on iTunes. Your feedback is invaluable!


Check out the video below to watch our interview in studio: