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How to Restart Your Life After Caregiving Ends with Christopher MacLellan

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How to Restart Your Life After Caregiving Ends with Christopher MacLellan

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member or friend. Caregiving requires sacrifice and commitment, and then it ends. What happens next and how do you restart your life afterwards? Dr. Terri talks to Christopher MacLellan, caregiver advocate, speaker and author of the book, "What's The Deal with Caregiving." Chris discusses how caregiving changes people and finding one's comfort zone during and after caregiving is just as difficult as caregiving itself.

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On today's episode:

2:20 - Christopher's journey as a caregiver

4:35 - "Restarting" your life

10:15 -  Dealing with the "new normal" after caregiving

14:20 - Accepting change and caring for yourself

19:05 - Dating after losing a partner

21:10 - Starting the next chapter of your life

Christopher_Maclellan_2_848707273.jpegChristopher MacLellan is affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in the vast network of family caregivers. Chris started a caregiving blog entitled, The Purple Jacket after his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal cancer in 2011. He is the author of "What's The Deal with Caregiving" and the Host of Healing Ties podcast on The Whole Care Network . His book, "What's The Deal with Caregiving" provides its readers with real life stories and what to do and what not to do while in the mist of caregiving. He continues to be an ardent advocate for caregivers and their care-partners, serves as the coordinator of the caregiver assistance program for The South Florida Institute on Aging, and presents frequently on the topic of caregiving and life after caregiving ends.


About Dr. Terri Orbuch:

Dr. Terri Orbuch (aka The Love Doctor®) is an internationally recognized relationship expert, author, speaker, professor at Oakland University, and research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. She is also the director of a landmark study, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she has been following the same couples for almost 3 decades.

Dr. Orbuch is widely published in scientific journals and the author of “5 Simple Steps to Take Your Marriage From Good to Great” and “Finding Love Again: 6 Simple Steps to a New and Happy Relationship.” Her practical science-based advice has led to being featured in publications in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and TIME magazine, and appearances on The Today Show, MSNBC, The Katie Couric Show, ESPN, HuffPost Live, and CNN.

She writes articles at Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other national outlets; and her relationship segments are aired on Fox-2 Detroit Morning News. She just launched a new video online course called, “How to Find Love in 7 Days: The Science of Finding Love.” Learn more about her at: