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Judy Morton

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Judy became a family caregiver when her father was diagnosed with cancer some 30 years ago. Since that time, she has helped care for most of her family as they dealt with various medical issues, surgeries, and the exigencies of aging, as well as the legal and practical issues that need to be addressed. It became a family joke that she "inherited her nursing skills from her grandmother" -- who was, incidentally, one of the first 100 registered nurses in the state of Texas! Caregiving has been one of the most difficult, yet rewarding, things Judy has ever done. After learning the hard way about Durable Powers of Attorney, Medical Proxies, Advanced Directives, DNR forms, Wills, Estates, Judy now shares her caregiving experiences in the hope of assisting others who are now on that same journey. Judy spent some time in a couple of on-line support groups for caregivers, eventually becoming one of the moderators for one group. She then founded the Facebook group "Senior Caregivers" as a way of reaching out to the many other caregivers out there who need encouragement, support and advice.

Caregiver Exhaustion

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Seller Beware! Downsizing and Moving Aging Parents Into a Continuing Care...

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....

The Death of a Caregiver

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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...

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...

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...

Dealing With Grief : Anniversaries….

Dealing With Grief Anniversaries…. Some months seem to be really momentous in a person or family’s life. For instance, there may be several birthdays within...

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,...

Dementia Bathing Issues…Encouraging Cleanliness…Again

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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....