365 Caregiving Tips Interviews Chris MacLellan, The Bow Tie Guy

Interview with Chris MacLellan, The Bow Tie Guy

How wonderful is it to connect with old friends? It may be weeks, months or even years between talking but the connection is still there and it is easy to slip back into laughter and camaraderie.

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Chris MacLellan, 2013


Chris, also known as the Bow Tie Guy, invited us on his radio show “Healing Ties on the Whole Care Network” to talk about our second caregiving tips book, 365 Caregiving Tips: Travel and Respite, Practical Tips from Everyday Caregivers.

Chris is a great friend to all of us and we had a blast talking to him about our books. Richard was sick that day so will have to join us next time but Gincy, Kathy, Pegi and I loved sharing why we created our books and gave the “back story” of our personal experiences leading to the tips.

We even gave Chris the scoop about our books being translated into Spanish!

Chris shared his favorite tip from the book: #129 – Eat two desserts! (I am pretty sure that ranks right up there as a favorite tip for all of us!)

The show was so much fun Chris invited us back! Until then, you can listen to the show here.

For those who are not yet familiar with Chris, he shares his bio with us:  Affectionately known as “The Bow Tie Guy” in many caregiving circles, the story of Chris MacLellan and his partner, Richard Schiffer was chronicled in a 2015 Pulitzer Prize nominated story “In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey” about their journey of caregiving.  Seen by over 400,000 people world-wise, the story told of the challenges that LGBT partners have in dealing with the medical and legal system, but it also told of the love and joy that Richard’s last years had on their relationship.  Out of this experience Chris has written a powerful and compelling book “What’s The Deal With Caregiving” that informs caregivers about how to deal with the challenges that they will encounter, regardless of sexual orientation, family situation or age.  Chris’ soothing style is conveyed through his caregiving blog, The Purple Jacket and radio show Healing Ties, where he connects with caregivers across the globe with story sharing and timely tips for family caregivers.  Chris’ Master’s Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University, where Chris earned a Master’s degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016.  The founder of the Whole Care Network and TLO Cruises and Tours, Chris is a Certified Caregiving Consultant, Certified Caregiving Educator and presents regularly on topics that impact family caregivers.

On a personal note, if you read just one of the posts from Chris’ blog, The Purple Jacket, read “We’ve Only Just Begun: White Flowers and Green Shoes.” The significance of the white flower will stay with Chris (and the reader) forever.

Many thanks to Chris for his time and his steadfast support of his fellow caregivers.


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