Caring for Those Who Care for Others: An Interview with Deb Kelsey-Davis

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According to the National Alliance for Caregiving 2015 report, approximately 43.5 million caregivers in the U.S. have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months; about 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older; and about 15.7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia. While caregiving may feel like something natural for others–you are, after all, caring for someone you love–it can oftentimes be a stressful time in a carer’s life. As a family caregiver, how do you avoid getting overwhelmed by the multitude of tasks and not neglect your own well-being? Our guest in this episode has co-founded a ministry that equips parishes to create a spiritual home that ministers to the practical, emotional and spiritual needs of caregivers. Nourish For Caregivers provides them the tools and resources to help caregivers connect with their faith and encounter Christ so that they can see the grace and blessings in their caregiver journey. Deb Kelsey-Davis, RN, MHSA, is a caregiver to her aging parents, one of the most important and challenging roles of her lifetime. She is a life-long clinician and respected healthcare leader. Deb is also a member of the National Association of Catholic Nurses (NACN-USA) and holds a Lay Ministry Certification from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Called and Gifted Program, bringing with her 20+ years ministry experience.

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