A friend of mine recently suffered the loss of her father. I bought her a sympathy card and then felt that at such a difficult time in her life it was so inadequate. So I wrote her the following lette...
Caregivers are artists at feeling guilty. Check it out for yourself. How many times a day do you sink into self-blaming thoughts such as, "I'm so terrible because I put my husband/wife/parent in a nur...
I'm particularly fond of this statement because I am a fine example of the exploration. Were you to spend time with me (probably barely longer than a day), you'd most likely be astounded at what a poo...
If we ask our elderly parents about their preferences for living arrangements, it comes as no surprise that many would like to remain in their own homes. Actually a high percentage of the elderly popu...
WASHINGTON - More than 1/3 of U.S. residents contacted indicated they would turn to family and friends for long term care, a new survey shows.That is the feeling, should the situation arise, among 39 ...
Hey - If I had known that official government policy toward caring for elderly parents was that their children would have to do it all, well I would have had 10 kids.While it's said that those in the ...
It happens to every working mom. No matter who you are there will come a day when your child prefers the nanny to you. It is natural that your child would prefer the nanny from time to time; if you wo...
My big brother, Tom, has challenges beyond my understanding. He struggles with schizoaffective disorder. Although I've never looked up his "diagnosis" in the official record of mental illnesses, the D...
What do you do with Dad when sits alone, at adult day care, and sulks? How do you get Grandma to participate in the activities the nursing home provides? These scenarios often take us back to the days...
A caregiver needs all the support that can be had, but all-too-often a caregiver cannot find time and energy to attend scheduled support groups. Imagine the usefulness of a portable support group you ...