Liz O'Donnell

Liz is the founder of Working Daughter, a thriving community for women balancing eldercare, career, and more. A former family caregiver, she is a recognized expert on working while caregiving and has written on the topic for The Atlantic, Forbes, TIME, WBUR and PBS’ Next Avenue. Her book, Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning A Living, will be published in August 2019.

Recent Posts

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November “Senior Sense”: Sometimes Doing Nothing Is the Most Important Thing You Can Do

As caregivers, we are wired to solve. We’re doers. Fixers. If our parents need errands, we run...

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October “Senior Sense”: Support for Sandwich Generation Caregivers

According to an AARP report, 44 percent of women ages 45 to 55 are in the difficult position of...

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September “Senior Sense”: When Your Aging Parent Won’t Accept Help

I would have cleaned up in a poker game against my mother; she had “a tell.” A tell is a subtle...

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August “Senior Sense”: Siblings and Caregiving: More Heated Than a Summer Hot Spell

I am the youngest of three daughters, which for me meant I was not supposed to be the primary...

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July “Senior Sense”: 5 Strategies for Long Term Caregiving

One of my caregiver coping skills is a concept I call “contained pain.” It’s the idea that I can...

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June “Senior Sense”: 4 Tips for Balancing Caregiving with a Career

I had taken the day off from work to bring my mother to her primary care doctor for a checkup. “Why...

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May “Senior Sense”: How to Make Caregiving-Related Decisions Under Stress

  I heard about parenting all the time: “Your life completely changes when you become a parent,” my...

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April Senior Sense: Caregiving Through a Crisis

Caregiving on a good day, can be stressful. Caregiving during a crisis can feel completely...

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March Senior Sense: 4 Game-Changers for Dementia Caregivers

In my father’s final months of his life, I visited him every day. He was living in a skilled...

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February Senior Sense: Caregiver Guilt Is a Choice; 3 Ways To Choose Differently

After my mother died, I was racked with guilt over the amount of time I spent, or rather didn’t,...

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January “Senior Sense”: Realistic Strategies for Self-Care To Try In the New Year

As a veteran of the sandwich generation, who knows first-hand the pressures of life squeezed...

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September “Senior Sense”: How to Balance Senior Care and Your Job

  “I should just quit,” I thought to myself. I was exhausted. I had woken up at 5 a.m. that day. I...

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