Episode 27: Rick Lauber is a professional freelance writer with a sizable portfolio. He began his writing career after pursuing radio broadcasting, bartending, and marketing/public relations. Outside of writing, he continues to work part-time, travel to the mountains as often as possible, and cheer on the Edmonton Eskimos.
Rick is also a former co-caregiver for both of his aging parents (his mother had Parkinson’s Disease and Leukemia and his father had Alzheimer’s disease) turned book author. With help from his two sisters, Rick assumed many new-found caregiving responsibilities. Rick learned that caregiving can impact a person physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially and managed his own health and well-being by writing. Rick’s initially published stories became the platforms for two published caregiving guidebooks – Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians and The Successful Caregiver’s Guide. Rick continues to reach out to prospective new, and current caregivers through different means including presenting webinars and active writing about caregiving and caregiving-related issues for printed and on-line publications.
Rick has written two non-fiction books, both published by Self-Counsel Press (North Vancouver). Caregiver’s Guide for Canadians was initially published in September 2010, and has subsequently been updated to a second edition. The second book, The Successful Caregiver’s Guide, published in September 2015, focuses on the American market. Both books are valuable resources for prospective, new, and current caregivers (those helping and supporting aging seniors or preparing to do so). In both books, Rick discusses caregiving as a timely and topical issue, shares his own caregiving story, discusses issues relevant to caregivers, and provides website resources where caregivers can find help at many levels.
In addition to his caregiver’s guides, Rick Lauber contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Very Good, Very Bad Cat—101 Heartwarming Stories about Our Happy, Heroic & Hilarious Pets and Chicken Soup for the Soul: It’s Christmas—101 Joyful Stories about the Love, Fun, and Wonder of the Holidays.