Setting Priorities and Solving Problems

In Orientation to Caregiving. A Handbook for Family Caregivers of Patients with Serious illnesses, the authors recommend that caregivers categorize problems and tasks based on both their urgency and their importance using a simple chart. Here is an example: As you’re prioritizing, it can be helpful to use the “do, delegate, defer, or drop” technique:
  • Do: What things are necessary for you to get done now?
  • Delegate: What tasks can you give or ask others to do?
  • Defer: What tasks can wait to get done?
  • Drop: What things can you forget about for now?
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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.