Toula's Tips for Caregivers

Toula's Tips for Caregivers

Toula Wootan is a nationally recognized caregiver and caregiver advocate. Her show offers advice, counseling and care. Guests include national experts and caregiving celebrities.


May 27, 2021 18 min
Are you taking care of yourself “from the neck up”?

You should – your brain is also the only one you will ever have.

That is why, for all my veterans friends and caregivers of veterans, I WANT YOU to REGISTER today for a Free “Brain Health Awareness Webinar this Tuesday, June 1st, from 11am to 12Noon.

Register at

The webinar is provided by the Alzheimer's Foundation of America to help serve those who ha...
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Should you say, “It’s a RAPP”?

If you want to help build a stronger community of seniors and caregivers, you should.

If you want to help the many grandparents and relatives who are caring for their grandchildren or school-age relatives, you must.

Most Importantly - I NEED YOUR HELP in spreading the word about Aging True’s RAPP Program in Duval and Clay Counties, Florida.

In this podcast, my guest Jacinda Legions, Community Liaison with...
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It is a stressful decision. But you know that it will be the best decision for your loved one.

You know that someday you may have to think about bringing your loved one in a place that can provide more care. It may be a rehab facility, an assisted living facility (ALF), or a nursing home.

Your loved one comes first and most important.

I want to help you to prepare NOW for the crucial questions. WHEN? WHERE? HOW?

•When will be the ri...
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The tables have turned for you. Are you okay?

It used to be that work was the most important duty in your life. Your family and loved ones were there for love and support.

Now, you are caring for that most important loved one. But you still have to work.

I understand. The tables turned on me in 2012, when I became the main caregiver for my parents.

But I still had to work, providing outreach and support for caregivers in Northeast F...
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February 9, 2021 29 min
Caregiving is a reflection of your love.

All that you do for your loved one (often unappreciated), and all the mistakes you feel you made by trying to be a better caregiver. The times you resist the urge to fix your loved one’s problems.

That is your Valentine Story.

In this podcast of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers, my guest shares her Caregiver Valentine Story with you.

Terri Barton, CEO of Aging True, Inc, also cared for her husband,...
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You are not alone in your caregiving role.

I know. You hear me say that all the time. That is why I introduce new people who are here to help you.

In Northeast Florida, there is another MAJOR PLAYER for caregivers and seniors like you. Aging True is a non-profit, charitable organization that enables seniors to stay home and be independent.

In this podcast, I talk with Megan Taylor, Care Transitions Program Manager, about all the se...
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My latest podcast is because I care for you.

I share this message with you every year – Take Care Of Yourself, especially during the holidays.


My podcast is the recording of my presentation during the Caregiver Coalition of NE Florida’s recent webinar.

I talk about how you can be COPING WITH THE HOLIDAYS. I share some important information and advice.

This year I discuss extra precautions we ar...
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October 12, 2020 35 min
Stop what you are doing and sit down!

You are amazing. You don’t tell yourself that enough, but you are.

Do you feel happy? With all the craziness of caregiving that you deal with every day, and the frantic pace you set for yourself from morning to night, it may be hard to be.

Happiness is overrated. So, sit down, be still, and listen.

My guest and I talk about this on my latest podcast of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers. For 35 years,...
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You are not the only one dealing with this stress.

There are millions of working caregivers like you, struggling to be a good, productive, and valuable employee while still giving your loved one the care and attention necessary for a life of quality.

I understand. I worked for five years while taking care of my parents. Sometimes the stress was overwhelming.

I have one strong suggestion for you. My guest on this podcast of Toula’s Ti...
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Take care of yourself first.

That has always been my message to you. I care for you. Take care of yourself so that you can take good care of your loved one.

But there is more. Some day you will no longer need to be a caregiver. Are you prepared for that reality?

On this podcast of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers, my guest Chris MacLellan (“The Bow Tie Guy”) and I talk about adjusting to life after caregiving. Chris lost his partner, Richa...
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You are not alone.

I know the stress can be overwhelming. You have more demands as a caregiver while doing your part to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an uncertain time. We feel forced into isolation.

There is HOPE. I want to help you learn activities that will help you, and resources to support you.

In this podcast of TOULA’S TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, I talk with two authorities on caregiving and dealing with stress. They also have...
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April 2, 2020 26 min
I have a new challenge for you.

I want you to get out of your comfort zone; do something different.

It will energize you. It will make you a better caregiver. It may even inspire others who you have never met.

My guest on this podcast of Toula’s Tips for Caregivers is a great role model for you. Lynette Hipsher is Ms. Senior DIVA 2019. Although she had never even thought about being in a pageant before, she challenged herself. Now she...
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Are you protecting yourself with self-quarantine and social distancing for the Coronavirus? GOOD!

Are you feeling more isolated? PLEASE DON'T.

**There is help.** Just because you are avoiding contact with others does not mean that you should feel isolated, especially if your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s.

In this podcast of _Toula’s Tips for Caregivers,_ my guest Charles Fuschillo, CEO of the Alzheimer's Foundation o...
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Are you ready for a new adventure?

My special guest on this podcast, Brenda Griffin, Ms. Senior Jacksonville 2019, wants you to try something new.

She also wants you to be financially secure..

Brenda is an inspiration to us all. She is an ordained minister, Bible Teacher, Financial Wellness Advocate, Information Broker, and an Influencer. She is most proud of being a wife, mother and grandmother. She is also a caregiver for her father...
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You can stop feeling isolated.

As a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, I know that too often it is difficult for you to find places where you can feel safe, respected, and understood.

That is why the Mayo Clinic and Eldersource have partnered with the Edward Waters College Disparities Center and community volunteers to help the New Town/College Gardens neighborhood become a dementia caring community.

My guest on this ...
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As you get older, are you noticing that your memory is not as good as it used to be? Do you want help?

Does your loved one have of a memory disorder, as Alzheimers or Dementia? Do you pray for help?

BE ENCOURAGED. There are amazing people working on helping you.

That includes my guest on this podcast of _Toula’s Tips for Caregivers_. Dr. Alan Snow is at the forefront in the diagnosis and treatment of brain aging and memory disorders....
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This Holiday Season is supposed to be the most joyous time of the year. For most people. But not for all of us.

How do you feel, Toula? Are you singing, "HO. HO. HO.", or "NO. NO. NO."?

Do you know others who are dealing with the STRESS of the season? Or the GRIEF of missing a loved one now? Or maybe someone having “anticipatory grief” for someone who is very ill?

I understand. I still miss my Mom and Dad, and my son.

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Are you scared every time your loved one gets behind the wheel of the car?

Are you sure there is something wrong? Are you ready to have “the talk”? Will you be able to do what is needed?

Let’s face the truth. Some seniors should not be driving any more. But it is so difficult for family to do anything about it.

My guest on this podcast, Matt Gurwell, CEO of Keeping Us Safe, LLC, can help you “have the talk”. He can help you to know w...
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How old do you have to be to be a caregiver for your parents?

You are probably thinking the answer is middle-aged or older adults, in our 40s, of 50s or better.

Sadly, more and more millennials (20s to mid-30s) are becoming caregivers every day. Actually, up to 25% of caregivers in the U.S. are millennials, caring for their aging parents. That is 30 years earlier than you expected!

In this podcast of TOULA’S TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, Adrie...
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June 22, 2019 39 min
When is the last time you had a drink?

I don’t mean alcohol. When was your last glass of WATER? When was the last time your loved one had some water? You know that you and our loved one need to stay hydrated. It may be difficult to convince your loved one to drink. But it is critical to their health. It can easily land your loved one in the hospital.

On this podcast, we will talk about how to persuade your loved one to drink water an...
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