1. Beyond the Checkbox: A Heartfelt Approach to Caregiving with Malika Moore, MSW, LICSW, LCSW-C Founder of Aging & Amazing willGather, Nicole Will 48:09

Have you found yourself overwhelmed with the endless tasks of caring for a loved one, wondering if there’s more to it than just ticking off boxes? Today, talk about what it means to go beyond these checkboxes in caregiving – a journey that’s not just about tasks, but about heart, understanding, and true connection.   Joining us is Malika Moore, founder of Aging & Amazing, an organization dedicated to supporting older adults, caregivers, and healthcare professionals. With a Master’s of Social Work, her expertise spans across various healthcare settings, enriching her approach to elder care. Malika’s roles as a geriatric care manager, medical social worker, psychotherapist, support group facilitator, and adjunct professor have equipped her with unique insights into the multifaceted world of caregiving.   Today, we’ll explore Malika’s approaches to improving the quality of life for caregivers and older adults. We’ll discuss the common challenges family caregivers face, strategies to support dignity and autonomy in aging adults, and how to balance efficiency with heartfelt care. Malika will also share resources for Caregiver support, insights on navigating the emotional landscape of caregiving, and advice for working with professionals. We’ll learn about Aging & Amazing’s role in bridging the gap between online and in-person care management, and hear a success story that illustrates the power of empathy and education in caregiving. Finally, we’ll get a glimpse into Malika’s hopes for the future of caregiving as we contemplate going beyond the checkboxes.   Thank you, Malika, for sharing your insights and your commitment to enhancing the lives of caregivers and older adults.   Learn more at www.agingamazing.com   *This episode is brought to you by Gigi Betty co. A boutique gift shop raising awareness and funds for caregivers and care partners. Show now at www.gigibettyco.com. Use the special code WILLGATHER20 for 20% off your order- Just for our podcast listeners!       We are not medical professionals and are not providing any medical advice. If you have any medical questions, we recommend that you talk with a medical professional of your choice. willGather has taken care in selecting its speakers but the opinions of our speakers are theirs alone. Thank you for your continued interest in our podcasts.   Please follow for updates, rate & review!   For more information about our guest, podcast & sponsorship opportunities, visit www.willgatherpodcast.com  

Nicole Will is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of our aging community by equipping older adults, their family members, and eldercare professionals with valuable information and resources. Nicole is the creator, host, and producer of the willGather Podcast: Navigating the World with Your Aging Loved One.