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Dr. Cheryl is nominee for Alzheimer’s Association “Visionary Women and Compassionate Caregiver” award

Monday, September 27th, 2010

On Friday, September 24 I was honored to attend the celebratory luncheon for the 2010 Alzheimer’s Association (Orange County) “Visionary Women and Compassionate Caregiver” award. I was lucky enough to be nominated this year. The luncheon honors individuals who have served as models of commitment to compassionate care.

I felt so blessed to be there, with (mostly) women who are involved at some level with caring for those with Alzheimer’s. Each person I spoke with had their personal story of how this disease has affected them in some way. Some caregivers were children or spouses, some were professionals in the field. Some of their loved ones have already passed away, others are still living with the disease.

Alzheimer’s was the common thread at this luncheon. We all knew the storyline, quite personal yet familiar. We all knew that we could never really explain to another how this disease impacted us, nor could we convey all the stories we hold in our hearts – the struggles, the blessings, the comical events, the tears and the laughter. The stories may slowly emerge for us, yet all the details will truly only be our own. We simply honor each other, in a knowing of what this disease can bring forward, and in a gratitude that we have each other to lean on, to learn from and to celebrate with.

Blessings to all the caregivers out there.

I’d love to hear your stories, if you care to share.

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Saturday, July 31st, 2010

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About Me

Monday, January 25th, 2010

My name is Cheryl Mathieu, Ph.D., M.S.W.  I help people manage the challenges of aging and caregiving, especially with aging parents. I am a problem solver and an eldercare advocate. Whether you are a family caregiver or professional in aging, I can assist you in finding creative solutions, and peace of mind, in any eldercare situation.
I own my own Geriatric Care Management business in Southern California, and daily help caregivers and seniors get the assistance they need to remain independent in their homes and have the highest quality of life possible – assuring they are happy and safe.
Since 1984, l have been devoted to community service, elder advocacy, coaching caregivers, creating a meaningful life, and assisting others in creating what they want. I am dedicated to assisting individuals and their loved ones to achieve the highest quality of life, dignity, independence, integrity and joy.
My passion for serving the elderly began many years ago, while assisting both of my grandmothers with their goals to remain independent and have a good quality of life. I learned first-hand the physical challenges of aging, the drive to maintain independence, the difficulty of navigating the “systems,” the vulnerability of seniors, the healing of relationships that is possible, and all the difference a caring touch can make to a senior and their family. Although we hadn’t been close throughout our lives, I advocated for both of them during their last years – finding the best care and assuring they were happy and safe. I saw how loving and caring for them no matter what assisted them in healing their relationships with other family members, and created a peaceful completion for all.
In 1999, I formalized my specialized training in gerontology and aging, and began a career in geriatric care management.  I have a Master in Social Work from CSULB, a Doctorate in Social Work from UCLA, and a Master of Spiritual Science from Peace Theological Seminary. I love people and put my heart on the line to advocate for others.  Through academics and service experience, I have gained in-depth knowledge of issues related to aging and the life cycle.  I am devoted to my growth and development, and committed to maximizing the quality of life for those she serves.
The purpose of this blog is to share tips, strategies, inspiration and hope with all caregivers!!!

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All the best!
Dr. Cheryl