About Linda Abbit
Caregiving Specialist • Author • Speaker
Just like other important life stages — such as marriage and parenting — no one teaches you how to be a caregiver, nor how to cope during this part of life.
And that’s where I come in.
I'm Linda Abbit, and I created TenderLoving Eldercare (TLeC) to guide family caregivers as you travel on your unique caregiving journeys.
My goal is to help you become a more knowledgeable, calmer and conscious caregiver...
if you are a new caregiver feeling overwhelmed
if you are a veteran caregiver facing a new challenge
if your care recipient lives near you or far away
if your care recipient is an aging parent, spouse, other family member, friend or neighbor
I can help you become a conscious caregiver. By incorporating mindfulness techniques in your daily caregiving, you will enjoy more quality time with your care recipients.
My Approach to Caregiver Support
Through my book, in-person and virtual speeches and workshops, I provide ideas, strategies, resources and support for family caregivers. Having compassion, good communication and respect for yourself and your care recipients are my main guiding principles.
I wrote the book The Conscious Caregiver: A Mindful Approach to Caring for Your Loved One Without Losing Yourself (2017, Simon & Schuster) in order to share what I learned as a family caregiver so that others don’t have to reinvent the wheel.
This top-selling book covers how to navigate your caregiving journey from beginning to beyond-the-end, and is the first caregiving book that shows how mindfulness can be applied to make caregiving easier every day. Two major themes are: “Self-care is not selfish,” and “You’re not alone.”
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”
— Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States, and president of the Board of Directors for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI)
Did You Know?
An estimated 53 million Americans are currently providing unpaid care for an adult or child.
Of these 53 million caregivers, 79 percent care for an adult 50 years of age or older.
Over half (53%) of caregivers provide care to someone 75 years old or older.
Not only are there more caregivers, but now more caregivers are providing care to two or more people (24%).
[Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 Research Report by the AARP Public Policy Institute and National Alliance for Caregiving]
More About Linda Abbit
Linda Abbit is a caregiving expert, eldercare specialist, author, and a frequent in-person and virtual keynote speaker and workshop presenter.
As a family caregiver with more than twenty-five years of hands-on experience, Linda has faced many caregiving challenges and a wide variety of situations while caring for her parents and other family members.
Linda holds a Master’s degrees in Education, worked for over ten years in the eldercare and health care professions, and continues to be an advocate for older adults, especially those with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
For many years, she was a Support Group Facilitator for adult children and spouses caring for people with memory loss for her local Alzheimer’s Association chapter.
Linda was a contributing writer for SeniorPlanet.org, an online publication for active older adults. Her writing was nominated for excellence by Best Senior Living Awards in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2009, she received the Caregiver of the Year Award from Caregiving.com.
Finally, Linda is a wife and mother to their son and rescue dog. She lives in California and enjoys dancing, pickleball, hiking, reading, watching sports and movies.
Tender Loving Eldercare is dedicated to the memory of Linda's beloved parents, Al Brodsky (1906 – 2005) and Aida Brodsky (1909 – 2009).
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