A Conversation With Sister Kitty Hockett

January 17, 2018

"My mother was on the way to the abortion clinic, but someone led her to Christ, and two lives were saved!"  

Kiwanis Hockett, known to thousands as "Sister Kitty," called the show today to share her amazing journey and her ministry, Fashioned In His Image.

Sister Kitty believes that there is a mandate upon us to be accessible to more women, expand our evangelistic efforts and broaden our support of the programs God has called us to facilitate. It is her goal to develop mature, well-rounded women of God, who are rooted and grounded in the Word and bearing the fruit of His Spirit. She believes that it is time for us to come forth, discover God’s original design for us and be examples to the world.

She is an author, speaker, and counselor. Ministry leaders worldwide often seek her wisdom on governance and leadership.

A person who seeks the heart of God in all she does, Kiwanis has a zest for life and a passion for excellence. She is a fervent believer in a life of holiness and truth and has a loving way of getting right to the heart of a matter. She loves people, and always looks for the good in them, striving to see them as God does.


Sister Kitty is a Nashville native. She and her husband, Bishop Horace Hockett are the proud parents of two sons, Horace II (LaTonya), and Brian (Rachel), who are also involved in the ministry, and grandparents of Olivia Grace and Briley Aiden.


About Peter Rosenberger

A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the journey of a caregiver as few do.  His experience led to him to author four books including Hope for the Caregiver, and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.  

Peter Rosenberger’s radio show for family caregivers airs each Sunday at 3PM CDT on Newsradio 1510 WLAC.  In addition, the show is also syndicated through the Truth Network.

Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido.  Furthermore, Peter is also an accomplished pianist.  He recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.  

Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.


Prescription Safety In Senior Living Centers

January 17, 2018

How important is prescription drug safety and protocols for your loved one living in a senior living center?  

The folks at Morning Pointe understand the challenges of this issue, and joined the show to discuss the ways they implement multiple levels of checks and balances.  Debbie Fields (RN) called the show ...and ...we even let her have the coveted opportunity to introduce the "Caregiver Tip of the Day!" 

At least John and I think it's coveted. 


Don’t Judge It’s Autism

December 1, 2017

For families dealing with autism, they journey is often filled with tears, fear, and bone-weary days and nights.  Caregivers come from every walk of life, and while the circumstances may be different for all of us, we share a common bond of heartbreak and stress.  Together, however, we can strengthen and empower each other.  Babs Tierno, Executive Director of Autism TN called the show and discussed her family's journey with Autism, and how Autism TN helps other families. 

Frauds and Scams Targeting Seniors and How AARP is Helping

October 30, 2017

AARP NC Volunteer, Helen Mack, brings her considerable experiences as an educator to discuss frauds and scams targeting seniors and how AARP is helping.

Help! My Father Won’t Stop Driving!

October 23, 2017

Caller to the show expresses his frustration about his father who recently had a stroke, can barely walk, but still insists on driving.  We know JUST who to have him call! www.keepingUsSafe.org

I’ll Push You. Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray call the show.

October 22, 2017

In "I'll Push You," Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray trekked the Camino de Santiago, and explored the true meaning of friendship.  These two men called the show to share this journey and insights they gleaned from the experience. 

Gov. Martin Schreiber shares insights as an Alzheimer’s Caregiver.

October 8, 2017

Former Wisconsin Governor, Martin Schreiber shares his journey as a caregiver for his wife, Elaine, through Alzheimer's in his book, "My Two Elaines."

Our First Syndicated Show

September 19, 2017

On September 17, 2017, our radio show becames the first syndicated radio show for family caregivers!  Sponsored by Medi-Share and syndicated on the Truth Network, we broadcast on 13 stations in five states!

For More information visit www.caregiverswithhope.com 

A Conversation With Author/Speaker/Caregiver Jane Heller

September 18, 2017

 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jane Heller, called the show to share her journey as a caregiver. Her new book bears the most hilarious title that caregivers will quickly understand: You’d Better Not Die Or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide To Keeping You in Good Health and Good Spirits.  Jane brings her wonderful wit to her harsh journey as a caregiver for her husband and her mother.


Discussing Traumatic Brain Injury With Kevin Pearce and Adam Pearce

August 21, 2017

Approximately 1.7 million each year sustain a traumatic brain injury. Superstar snowboarder, Kevin Pearce, suffered one on a practice run preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Kevin, along with his brother, Adam, called the show to discuss their story and their new mission.

I was on this super clear path to be a professional snowboarder, and to be one of the best in the world. —Kevin Pearce


On December 31, 2009, while training for the Olympic trials in Park City, Utah, Kevin suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. Although wearing a helmet at the time, the injury left Kevin in critical condition and in a medically induced coma. His recovery—and his journey to accept his new life—was chronicled in the HBO documentary, “The Crash Reel." Kevin emerged as a passionate advocate for the prevention of brain injuries and the promotion of a brain healthy lifestyle. Along with his brother, Adam, Kevin co-founded the Love Your Brain Foundation(Loveyourbrain.com). Their mission is to prevent brain injuries, support brain injury recovery and promote brain health. Kevin is a Sports Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.  He credits his brother David, (born with Down syndrome), as a huge influence in his life and career.  In addition, Kevin is the 2014 recipient of The Dana and Christopher Reeve Inspiration Award from Craig Hospital.  Furthermore, he received The Victory Award (2011) from The National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC.

I asked Adam Pearce to share one thing he would say to a family who just experienced a traumatic brain injury.  He recalled the advice given to his family by one of Kevin's physicians.

If you could think about being in the woods. Instead of thinking as if you are going to walk out of the woods—the woods become less dense.

It Takes a Lot of Patience and Support

"Understand that this is a long journey, and one that really  takes a lot of patience and support."   [In addition,] it requires the coming together of your community to support this.  Because it is a long one and that's the reality of it. —Adam Pearce

Adam also offered comments about the impact of Traumatic Brain Injury on family relationships.

"It definitely puts some strain on those relationships.  But I think with good communications and just the right support, I think it makes those easier. But in the end, it has the ability to bring you closer to family and that loved one going through it.


About Peter Rosenberger

Peter Rosenberger, a thirty-year caregiver, is the author of Hope for the Caregiver.  

Peter hosts a weekly radio show for caregivers on 1510 WLAC, broadcast Sunday’s at 3 PM CST.  In addition,  Peter serves as the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.

The author of four books, Peter earned 2nd dan (degree) black-belt in Hap-kido, and is an accomplished pianist.  He recently release his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.


Radio Show for Family Caregivers

Peter Rosenberger's radio show for family caregivers can be heard each Sunday at 3PM CDT on Newsradio 1510 WLAC. The show is streamed world-wide through Iheart Media.

Comedian Jeff Allen Calls the Show

April 30, 2017

Nationally known comedian, Jeff Allen, gets serious about the challenges of caregivers.

For four decades, Jeff Allen has been performing in theaters, on television and radio, and as a keynote for corporate functions and fundraisers around the world.

Jeff Allen is the best at what he does - making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life® message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage.

He called my show to share his family's own heartbreaking experiences as caregivers.  He also discussed lessons learned from the journey. Even in the difficult thing, however, Jeff demonstrates how to appreciate the funny moments—giving much needed relief that our hearts desperately need.


Hope for the CaregiverNow in it's fourth printing, Peter's book, HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER is strengthening his fellow caregivers across the country. HOPE FOR THE CAREGIVER is written by one who truly understands the journey, Peter Rosenberger draws upon an astonishing three decades as a caregiver to offer practical advice, encouragement, compassion, and humor to fellow caregivers. Songs for the Caregiver


The new CD from Peter Rosenberger
Are you finding that car rides to and from the doctor and other appointments ...are filled with drama?
Change that by downloading SONGS FOR THE CAREGIVER from ITUNES.  


Caregivers and Dementia Patients With Sheila Welch

April 25, 2017

Show Guest Shares Tips for Caregivers and Dementia Patients

Sheila Welch called the show to share about a recent Caregiver conference at Due West United Methodist Church (DWUMC) in Marietta, GA.

The Coordinator of DWUMC Caregivers' Ministrand a  Family Support Group Facilitator, Sheila is also a Certified Trainer for Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Care. Sheila draws upon her own difficult journey as a caregiver.  Her passion is to provide practical help and encouragement to fellow caregivers. In this interview she shares a bit of what she learned from educator and dementia care expert,Teepa Snow.

Here's a brief transcript from the show interview

Peter: Speaking to a group in Alaska recently, I happened to ask a question, "How many of you all have been grabbed or choked by a patient or somebody you're taking care of?" And every one of them had been grabbed. And nearly every one of them had been choked.  So, I spent a little bit of time showing them how to get out of grabs and chokes, and so forth.  A little bit of what I've learned through marital arts. You don't think about that, but a lot of caregivers are slight women, smaller women, taking care of large men.  These are frightening things.  They are physically hurting these caregivers.

Sheila:  I lead a group of spouses who are loving a husband or wife through Alzheimer's or some related dementia.  Some of those ladies are very small.  Some of the husbands can become violent.

Don't Just Show Up Suddenly To Someone Living With Dementia

There are actually ways to approach people who are living with dementia that are different from approaching a person who is suffering from another illness ...to help reduce the risk of some of those horrible occurrences.  So many times, the person who is living with dementia is terrified when they have some come upon them and they don't even know they're there, because their vision has been impaired to a point where peripherally, they never saw you coming. So, their fight/flight mechanism triggers.  They're terrified. It leaves us as caregivers so at a loss at how we should be treating them. And it leaves that person with dementia in a terrible state.

Peter:You know, we never even think about that.  How horribly afraid these individuals are.  And they don't see it coming. They're sitting there minding their own business, and then all of sudden someone approaches out of nowhere, according to their field of view.  And they don't even know who they are!   I mean, John, look how we are when someone does that to us.

Sheila:  And we can think through it, Peter. We can calm ourselves down and we can think through it, because our brain is still working.  The brain of someone who is living with dementia has at least two areas that are actively dying. And so, they don't have the tools to handle the situation.  So it's up to us to learn how to care for them, and how to best approach them. And all of that takes a great deal education.  And that's what we are trying to do at the caregivers ministry at my church.

Hit the play button above to hear the whole interview and learn tips on how to approach someone living with dementia. 


Jeff Foxworthy Calls The Show

April 9, 2017

Superstar comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, called the show to celebrate our 200th episode.  Sharing his own journey as a caregiver, he also voiced his support for fellow caregivers and affirmed his love of our show.

Wrapping it up, we couldn't resit riffing on a few "YOU MIGHT BE A CAREGIVER IF ..." lines.

Showing his heart, faith, and love of others, it's easy to know why Jeff is one of the most beloved comedians of all time. For more information, visit www.jefffoxworthy.com 


Honey Co Homes: A Smarter Way to Live

February 21, 2017


2/19/2017 Show on 1510 WLAC


"They [The baby-boomers] are the biggest economic force in the world. They are also the biggest social force. They've changed American society since they were born. They continue to change society every step of the way. The previous generation—and they went to the home. This generation is going to change all of that." Zach Watson, CEO Honeyco Homes.

Get the peace of mind that comes with a home that checks in for you. A HoneyCo-equipped home will contact you in case of concern. HoneyCo’s Internet of caring things™ passively collects and analyzes in-home activity. If something concerning comes up, you’ll receive a text message with details.

HoneyCo technology transforms any house into an automated caregiver. HoneyCo Homes notify family members of concerning home activity, decreasing response times and improving outcomes. This non-invasive technology is a great standalone solution or supplement to in-home care.

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More on author, speaker, and 30-year caregiver Peter Rosenberger ...and his radio show for the family caregiver.


Caller Angry At Treatment of Her Elderly Mother and At Her Wits’ End.

November 4, 2016

Do you feel that you are at the mercy of the system?  It's easy for us as caregivers to easily feel taken advantage of, given the "run-around," and be marginalized by the very people we look to for help ... in the health care system. 

Listen to the caller express her frustration as we tackle the topic of anger. 

Don't try to be a caregiver alone!  There's so much more at our resource center.