Episode 15

Published on:

15th Feb 2022

The Hollywood Caregiver

Are there lighter sides to being a caregiver?  How can humor ease tension and boost your mood?  Could a sense of humor be an essential part of being a good caregiver?  What happens when a celebrated comedy sitcom writer, once known for her hotpants in Hollywood jumps into the world of caregiving for her parents?  You’ll find it hard to believe what Susan Silver shares in our next podcast

From caring for an aging and frail father, to rescuing her perfectly quaffed mom with dementia, to her own near death-by-chopstick, Susan shares some of her life’s unexpected twists and turns. 

Yes, even strong men have laughed, smiled, and shed a tear over the stories Susan shares with us.  You’ll also hear her top 10 things that anyone,

of any age, should avoid while in a hospital.

Tune in: surprises await!

Host: Nancy May, Author How to Survive 911 Medical Emergencies, Step-by-Step Before, During, After!  Expert in managing the path of step-by-step caring for an aging parent or family member, even from over 1200 miles away, or more. For a Free File-of-Life to www.howtosurvive911.com. Nancy is also the Co-Founder of CareManity LLC, and the private FaceBook group, Eldercare Success.

Guest: Susan Silver, the author of Hotpants in Hollywood has written for some of the most iconic sitcoms of all time, creating laugh lines for Mary Tyler Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beatrice Arthur, Bob Newhart, and The Partridge Family.

Susan was a trailblazer when she began her writing career in 1971 at The Mary Tyler Moore Show. A female comedy writer in an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, she is perhaps the first and only television writer to be featured in TV Guide wearing hot pants.

As casting Director at Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In, she also knew (and not just in the Biblical sense) some of Hollywood’s most desirable leading men, and even had a run-in in with Richard Nixon (non-romantic, thank you very much). Susan went on to write for The Bob Newhart Show, Maude, The Partridge Family and Square Pegs. She continues to teach comedy writing at venues including the Television Academy and the New School and has lectured at the Paley Center, SCAD, and Brandeis University.

Susan has appeared on CNN, HLN, Good Day NY, and The Today Show. She has written opinion-editorials for The New York Times and Refinery 29 and had a long running column on newyorksocialdiary.com called “The Search For Mr. Adequate.” Her weekly radio commentary “Susan Says,” which covers news, politics and culture can be heard on an NPR affiliate in Connecticut as well as on-demand at robinhoodradio.com and iTunes.

You can find more about Susan and her fabulous stories of love, life and caregiving at https://hotpantsinhollywood.com/

Disclaimer: The views, perspectives, and opinions expressed in this show are those of the show guest and not directly those of the companies they serve or that of the host or the producer CareManity, LLC. Information discussed should not be taken as medical, legal, or financial advice. Please seek the advice or you own personal medical, legal or financial advisors as each person’s situation is different. (c) Copyright 2021 CareManity, LLC all rights reserved. CareManity is a trademark of CareManity, LLC.

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About the Podcast

Eldercare Success
Doing It Best with Eldercare Success
Join us in Doing it Best with Eldercare Success where we explore ways to relieve the stress, exhaustion and overwhelm that we all face in caring for an aging parent, frail spouse, or partner. Fear, frustration, emotional and financial strain do not have to be your MO! In this show, we dive into unraveling the tricks, traps, and gotchas that create more questions than answers while caring for those we love.
Join Nancy May, and her guests as she helps relieve the pressures and delivers solid ways to find more joy and freedom as we care for those with those we love. Here you’ll learn how to find the ground under your feet again. Hang tight there’s a better road ahead.
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About your host

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Nancy May

Nancy May is a corporate leader, business advisor, author, speaker, and nationally recognized podcast host. She has spent her career working with CEOs, Boards of Directors, and senior leaders in the public and private corporate sectors. These experiences gave her the strength and foundation to step in and provide her parents with guidance and support, both as their POA and Trustee, and diehard advocate as they aged. Nancy credits her father an entrepreneur, innovator of innovative eyewear design, and her mom for encouraging and preparing her to acquire the many skills needed to start, build, and lead several successful businesses. She has transitioned these competencies and life lessons to into her new business, CareManity, LLC, which focuses on providing family caregivers structured ways to obtain practical knowledge, resources, and access much-needed support.