• Caregiver Exhaustion

    Caregiver exhaustion is a real issue.  It sometimes amazes me how exhausted I am after spending a lot of time with my in-laws. Especially when taking FIL for medical appointments, and even more when it’s an all-day...

    • Posted 1 year ago
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  • Seller Beware! Downsizing and Moving Aging Parents Into a Continuing Care Retirement Community

    If you are considering moving aging parents… “Ed” and “Minnie” have lived on the corner at the entrance to our cul-de-sac for over 35 years. They are both 84, with increasing health issues, and their big house...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    The Death of a Caregiver

    Rebecca died yesterday. She died very quietly, sitting in her chair in her little home, on her husband’s family farm. She died alone, probably of a heart attack, while her husband was out in their fields, attending...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Caregiver Regrets, Remorse and Prizes

    Someone asked me recently how to deal with the fear and caregiver regrets they feel. Fear because their parents are dying, fear because their world is changing; regrets that they didn’t do this or that to stop...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Anticipatory grief and Life After Loss

    Anticipatory grief — “pre-grieving” — is a very real thing. It can lead you into depression, and feeling overwhelmed and helpless, where it’s easier to do nothing and just coast. The upside is that in a way,...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Healing Powers of Hugs
    The Healing Powers of Hugs

    Did you ever consider the healing powers of hugs? I thought I would share my experience as a volunteer. One of the joyous benefits of delivering Meals on Wheels every Wednesday is the privilege of getting to...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • Crematorium
    Dealing With Grief : Anniversaries….

    Dealing With Grief Anniversaries…. Some months seem to be really momentous in a person’s or family’s life. For instance, there may be several birthdays within a single month, or special anniversaries. Combined in months which have holidays...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • A Caregiver’s Journey Includes Loneliness

    A caregiver’s journey… Sometimes we feel so alone in our lives… no one seems to give a damn about what happens to us as caregivers, what kind of toll it will take. It really doesn’t help much...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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    Dementia Bathing Issues…Encouraging Cleanliness…Again

    Dementia bathing issues or just seniors and cleanliness… Father in law (FIL)  says that “since he never goes anywhere or does anything anymore, he doesn’t get dirty”, so he doesn’t “feel the need to mess up more...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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  • The Power of Puppy Love : Seniors Dealing with Depression

    My mother in law (MIL)  is one of many seniors dealing with depression. She has never liked dogs very much, or been comfortable around them. Especially large dogs. So what does her son do, but marry a...

    • Posted 2 years ago
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