This chat with Bruce McIntyre covers a lot of topics, from his personal journey as a caregiver to serving as the Executive Director of the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma. He’s been through quite a lot on this journey and has dedicated his life to helping other family caregivers learn how to take care of their loved ones as well as themselves. As a leader, he’s learned lessons along the way to bring more kindness and less judgment to how he works with his team, and how to really talk to people to understand what their challenges are.
Bruce shares some of his tips for managing through the roller coaster of being a caregiver and learning how to develop habits that can help us stay on track. Like “Get up and get out!” Reminding us to get moving so that we can get our energy flowing, clear our mind and feel better.
He also shares what’s in his “Serenity Toolbox” a collection of tools to help people manage their life effectively and gain a sense of calm and grounded-ness. (You’ll have to listen in to hear them!) as well as his tips for how to allow time to meditate, eliminating distractions and practicing open-awareness.
Bruce is the author of four books: Thrive Anyway, Parkinson Positive, Graceful Transitions, and Resilient Life. He shares his expert guidance and warm humor with thousands of people each year. He has keynoted such events as the 2016 National Caregiving Conference in Chicago as well as over 100 disease conferences, caregiving gatherings, and church events since 2008. Bruce was also recognized as one of the first year’s recipients of the National Visionary Caregiving Award in 2018.
As a caregiver for his wife for the past 15 years, Bruce understands the world of chronic illness and caregiving. He earned a Master of Divinity in 2002 and has led the Caregiver Fundamentals Project in Oklahoma City and served family caregivers as a church, business, and nonprofit leader. You can learn more about him at BruceMcIntyre.com.