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After actress Valerie Bertinelli shared her desire to start a wellness journey in 2020, women took to social media to share their own stories. To continue the discussion, “Why We Can’t Sleep” author Ada Calhoun and AARP’s national family and caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, join TODAY to talk about the toll of caregiving on women.

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When losing one or both parents, your mortality is now more evident and you start questioning what you have done with your life and, between now and dead, how you wanna spend the rest of your life.

Author — Dark Lady

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Some people don't have friends. It's hard to make friends at this age.

Author — anita Simpson

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Valerie is a beautiful lady and bless her for bringing this issue to the forefront. Caregiving is a duty ( which I believe is a good one) and it is a joy sometimes. There is a ton of pressure but knowing that others are going through this as well is comforting.
It is a paradigm shift in our thinking and belief. Once I made peace and stopped planning everything. I could sleep happily. Self care are paramount.
To all who are caring people, hugs. 😊❤️

Author — Ajisen Ramen

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It's an interesting thing that not one of the women talked about how the men in their life or men i general can and should make a difference in their contributuions to help their wives/families. That is necessary!

Author — Kristen Berry

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I am a 33 year old mother of 3 kids, ages 8 yrs old and younger. I also am a caregiver to my 90 year old grandmother. This past year, I gained 20 lbs and was the most depressed in my life. It's so difficult being a mother and caregiver to an elderly relative.

Author — Jessica Panning

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This affects those of us caring for ill children and spouses, too. Caregiving is draining on many levels and affects women more, as we tend to be in the role of nurturer.

Author — Judy Miller

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Women always seem to put ourselves on the back burner🙏💔💘☮🤔

Author — Lisa Bullock

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VALERIE IS A BEAUTIFULL LADY. INSIDE AND OUT. I LOVE HER.

Author — Madeline Tramantano

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Love Valerie, she is honest and real. ❤

Author — Nancy Sasso

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Valerie speaks for many women. I wish her all the best In her next stage of life! She is beautiful, articulate and genuine. Looking forward to seeing her next act. I'm personally caring for a disabled daughter, husband and balancing my mother's health care. Im the sole supporter of my family and blessed my position pays well enough. Hard to keep dignity and a happy outlook while we are also aging. One day at a time! Right Valerie? It is all about unconditional love. Keep spreading your message Valerie, the world needs it.

Author — Lynn Sprufera

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Totally relate. Especially stressful when you have to work full time and you’re aging yourself and feeling lousy.

Author — N F

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I wish there were better old age facilities to take care of our elderly. I've seen way too many middle aged people ruin their own health caring for their parents

Author — Tessa WB

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That was a great story and my parents loved it too.

Author — Eric Theisen

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After college my dad asked me to move in with my grandma, his mom, who was not doing too well. "Not doing so well" lasted for 13 years. I like to think that giving her a reason to life again kept her going. Trust me, she ended up taking care of me just as much, if not more, than I took care of her. I would not change a thing. But in long run, caring for an aging relative has cost me the chance for a personal relationship of my own, job advancement and lost adventures. As I reach a retirement age myself, I will make sure that I do not become a burden to any family member.

Author — Jack Churchill

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I burned out in my late 40s taking care of both parents with cancer and having 3 daughters. I don’t regret taking care of mom and dad because I hope my kids would help me if I need it. I’m learning now to take care of myself with God’s help.

Author — Amy Naddra

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Valerie is another example of someone that you look at and think she’s the happiest. Shoot, she even admitted it had been many many years.

Author — Sherrie Patrick

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Caregivers need relief from stress and resources for themselves...its a hard job!!

Author — Blue Bird

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I really needed this today. I helped take care of both my Grandmothers and my Daddy and now soon.my Mommy. I am so stressed out. Thank you Valerie Bertinellie.

Author — Pamela Crandell

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You have 2 surrender 2 love there's no one else can love your parents except you and you are all they want! ❤

Author — Lisa Travers

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Ladies, DONT forget to have lab work done every year or two to check your thyroid, adrenals, VIT D, other hormones like Bioidentical hormones, vits, minerals. Valerie talked about sadness.
I began having a sadness but didn’t know why. I had and was usually happy deep inside. After testing found extremely low in thyroid (Ended up on higher dose & nature thyroid), Vit D, B’s, ferritin, K2, iodine, Progesterone! Took me three years to get better. Now I don’t have that sadness! Girls, find an MD that is also a Functional Med doctor! That’s a more natural doc rather than a conventional doc that had little training in vitamins & minerals & Womens hormones.

Author — Betsy Ross