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Dwayne J. Clark
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Founder and chief executive officer of Aegis Living and author of the memoir, “My Mother, My Son.”

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Bedtime Chores

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Remember when we were kids and you would just fall asleep anywhere when you were tired? You'd be running around like crazy and then -- boom. You're exhausted. Four minutes later you were asleep and your dad scooped you up in his arms and carried you to bed.

Well, I...

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A New Perspective on Crying

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Every year in January, our company hosts a life-changing event known as EPIC (Empower People, Inspire Consciousness). Over the years we have had the greatest of great motivational speakers, modern-day philosophers, movie stars and average people with pretty incredible stories.

So, what is this all about? Well, it is a...

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Celebrating the Holidays With Dementia

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:28 PM

It's Christmas and you're stressing about what to do about your mom for the holidays.

She is frail and forgetful and the holidays aren't the same as they used to be. Many questions swirl in your head: Should we have her come for dinner? What kind of presents do...

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Road Trips -- The Secret To A Good Marriage

(58) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 6:23 AM

Living in Seattle can be weather challenging at times, so being the good planner that I am I booked a trip for my wife, some friends and me for a week in sunny Europe. A week before the trip my wife asked me if I really wanted to go and...

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Hard Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:42 PM

I am not particularly a fan of Ashton Kutcher, nor do I watch the Teen Choice Awards... normally. But watching Ashton's video reminded me of my background and how I so resonate with his position.

Given the status quo of corporations in America and the constant push-pull between the people...

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Focusing on the Future of Senior Housing

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 5:08 PM

This week was a proud week for me; Aegis Living turned "Sweet 16." I started Aegis armed with a "black box" full of ideas, a heart full of passion and a stomach full of butterflies. I hoped to build something far different in senior housing than what I had seen...

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Finding the Right Senior Housing Fit

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Shopping for senior housing can be a daunting task for someone who is new to the industry, the lingo, types of amenities and care services offered. When you are shopping for assistance and care for your aging parent(s), it shouldn't matter if a senior housing company owns 20,000 buildings or...

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Aging Begins at the Beginning

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Working around seniors my entire adult life, I have often wondered, When do people become "Senior?" Is there a magic day or age? Yes, I know about the 40th birthday when your life is half done, and getting your AARP Card at 50, and yes, social security eligibility at 62.

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Our Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Men are constantly trying to relate to what it is like being a mom... but we really have no idea.

Let's start with early pregnancy and the potential side-effect of morning sickness every day for months. I know guys would counter with the time in Vegas when they had...

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Remembering Mom

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 5:30 PM

As Mother's Day quickly approaches, we tend to think more about our moms. Whether your relationship is good, bad or indifferent, she is still your mother.

It's been over two years since I said goodbye to my mom and I recently realized that I now tend to romanticize our relationship....

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4 Strategies for Caregivers

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 8:54 AM

There are few responsibilities more emotionally and physically taxing than taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer's disease. These tasks include bathing and feeding them, keeping them safe, performing household chores, paying bills and communicating with other family members and the medical community. Most caregivers take on this responsibility...

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Grandma's New Home Away From Home

(1) Comments | Posted October 4, 2012 | 8:16 AM

When I was 11 years old, my mother had no choice but to move my grandmother into a nursing home. The change was difficult for me. "Granny" had been a constant presence in my life. She never failed to welcome me home from school, listen with genuine interest, and find...

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The Senior Living Industry Is Looking for a Few Good Young People

(5) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 11:27 AM

Today, the senior living industry is not on most young people's radar as a potential career track or even as a starter or part-time job--but it should be. Senior housing is a $40 billion industry that is growing rapidly in need, scale, and employment opportunities, and it will continue to...

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A Unique Care Option for Seniors and Their Families

(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 11:58 AM

School's out, the kids are home all day and they're arguing -- with Grandpa. Or maybe everyone's just grumpy and avoiding each other. Either way, many members of the Sandwich Generation -- those caring for both children and aging parents -- find that the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer...

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We All Need a Respite: How Sandwich Generation Members Can Take a Guilt-Free Vacation

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:20 AM

We all want, and even need, a chance to get away from it all and recharge our energies. A summer vacation is a rite of modern life, but for the nearly 10 million Americans who are currently caring for both children and an elderly parent -- the so-called Sandwich Generation...

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Physically Active Women May Avert Alzheimer's Disease

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 12:48 PM

Keep active, and you'll thrive. The more active you are, even in your older years, the more active you'll be able to stay for as many years as you're given. You may have to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle as you age, but if you keep on living,...

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Four Guidelines to Dealing With Alzheimer's Disease

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Alzheimer's is a disease that can strike anyone, anywhere. It hits the famous and not-so-famous; the wealthy and the poor; and people of all races, creeds, and political persuasions. The disease is not only a challenge for the patient. It also challenges the families and friends of those who are...

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Celebrate Like There's No Tomorrow

(4) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 1:14 PM

This Father's Day, if you're lucky enough to have a father (or stepfather, father-in-law or another father figure) in your life, celebrate like there's no tomorrow. There may not be, as some of us have learned through first-hand experience.

We can lose a loved one suddenly through...

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