1. Succeeding In Caregiving Christopher MacLellan "The Bow Tie Guy" on the Whole Care Network 24:15

By 2030, 72.8 million ―more than one in five U.S. residents―will be age 65 or older. The greatest growth will be in the numbers of the “oldest old,” the population that is most in need of help because they are most likely to have physical, cognitive and other functional limitation. On our first episode of “It Takes A Team To Care” Monica Stynchula from REUNIONCare provides us with the timely tools we need to be successful in our role as a family Caregiver.

You Might Know Me As The Bow Tie Guy - "Wearing a bow tie is like wearing two smiles."

When people ask me, "why did you create the Whole Care Network"... I always come back to our caregiving experience and how fortunate I was to find resources that helped me and my partner Richard Schiffer manage our caregiving journey. Every caregiver has a story; through our stories, we find validation, resources, and respite to help manage our caregiving day.

We were fortunate to have our story chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated 3-part story, “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey,” which told our journey of caregiving. The story told of the challenges LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy my partner Richard's last years had on our relationship.