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How I Plan To Bust Out Of My Caretaker Role In 2017

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Iris Ruth Pastor

Women as Caretakers. No surprise there. It's a role that naturally falls to us, that we embrace -- readily or reluctantly or that we guilty shun.

'Me Before You' - A Life-Enhancing Presence, a Life-Enhancing Present

Joseph Cooper | Posted 05.23.2016 | Home
Joseph Cooper

Louisa Clark has never seen such an array of medicines other than in a pharmacy. After introducing Louisa (Lou) to the apothecarial responsibilities, Nathan, the unflappable nurse, explains that the patient may need a little help in getting the medicines down.

The Heart Breaks Open

Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo) | Posted 05.20.2016 | Home
Woo Du-An (AKA Rob Whitesides-Woo)

Truthfully, I can't claim to know when it's best to allow my heart to break all the way, or when I would be better off to abide within my protective reflexes. I sometimes can't tell when I am not ready to surrender or if feeling too much would be damaging

I Never Experienced Parenthood Until I Became My Mother's Caretaker

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.27.2016 | Home
Beverly Booher

I did not ask for this, but it is the current chapter of my life. What this flip-flopped role of daughter becoming mother has shown me is what a wonderful mother I would have been... what a wonderful "mother" I am.

Catching Tears

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.11.2016 | Home
Beverly Booher

Today her tears ascended like the frozen snowflakes from the gray December sky. Emotions erupt with the Alzheimer's Disease journey. To the caregiver...

Building a Business While Caring for an Alzheimer's Patient

David A. Pride | Posted 01.05.2017 | Home
David A. Pride

I've also realized that life and death are unpredictable -- that every day the sun rises is a chance to make someone feel loved -- and that I'm thankful for a mother who constantly told me to pursue my dreams and be the man she believed I would be.

Advanced Training for Home Health Aides Is Changing the Way Americans Age in Place

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Marki Flannery

When Mary, a longtime home health aide, was asked to fill in for one of her colleagues recently, she found that her new client wasn't even attempting ...

When Siblings Become Caregivers: We Missed That Memo

Colleen Haggerty | Posted 07.21.2016 | Home
Colleen Haggerty

Kevin, who had regained memory, speech and strength by this time, suddenly went downhill physically and mentally. An MRI found fluid on the brain that needed immediate surgery.

Dementia 101: Therapy Can Help

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 07.17.2016 | Home
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

Choosing to participate in psychotherapy can be a difficult decision. It's easy to make a list of excuses to put it off -- it costs too much, I don't ...

The Care and Management of Mortality

Joseph Cooper | Posted 04.12.2015 | Home
Joseph Cooper

Dr. Atul Gawande's Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End provides healthy doses of reality - the realities of disease, deterioration, debilitation, decline, dementia, dependence, despondency, and demise.

This Season, Be ACaregiver To A Caregiver

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 02.15.2015 | Home
Susan McCorkindale

As an autism mom and former cancer caregiver, there have been long stretches of time when the only medical professionals I saw were those I took my son or late husband to see.

Dementia 101: Neurocognitive Disorder is the New Dementia

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

I want to be clear; I know and see daily the challenges and suffering dementia can bring. I also know and see daily the beautiful joys and learning it can bring, to those experiencing it and those that care for them. Can we have a perspective on dementia that holds both the challenges and the joys? They are not mutually exclusive.

3 Secrets To Surviving The Boomer Sandwich

John Tarnoff | Posted 01.25.2015 | Home
John Tarnoff

Boomers are the 'sandwich generation,' often caught between being caregivers to both our parents as well as to our children. We are in a perilous situation with no clear relief in sight.

The Surgery Room: Where Payback Is a B*tch

Tammy Bleck | Posted 06.22.2014 | Home
Tammy Bleck

I will undergo what is affectionately called a bunionectomy on my right foot. No mobility for five days and no weight bearing on my foot for six weeks. Oh, and for a little added fun and drama, I will have a spiffy cast up to the knee. Are we having fun yet?

Let's Stop Punishing Mothers

Riane Eisler | Posted 07.07.2013 | Home
Riane Eisler

Millions of elderly American women, mostly mothers who spent much of their lives taking care of others, are almost twice as likely live in poverty than elderly men. In addition, our country has the highest maternal mortality rate of any developed nation, this rate has doubled in the last 25 years.

My New Year's Resolution? Keep Doing These 5 Things

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 03.09.2013 | Home
Susan McCorkindale

Did you make New Year's resolutions? I didn't. Not new ones, anyway. Instead, I simply reminded myself of the decisions I made just about two years ago, after my husband's death.

Robert's Walk With AIDS (Part 8): The Truth Hurts

Gary Nelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Gary Nelson

Robert had to look at his options and then make a decision about where he was going to live. I had to make a decision, too. Could I take care of Robert? The only other living being I had ever taken care of was my Persian cat.

Robert's Walk With AIDS (Part 6): 'Unforgettable, That's What You Are'

Gary Nelson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Gary Nelson

I told Fred sure, I would give him another chance -- and then secretly waited until I could make a discreet exit. When I saw no one was looking, I left. Before I made it to my car I heard, "Gary, wait."

Strength For The Moment: 10 Tips For Family Caregivers

Lori Hogan | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home
Lori Hogan

Many baby boomers, often unexpectedly and for long periods, will likely be called to provide care for a loved one, and it is my hope that anyone could gain strength, encouragement and inspiration through the real-life caregiving stories.

Lessons For Caregivers: Survivor's Guilt And The Memory Room

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.26.2012 | Home
Bernard Mooney

When my wife died, I felt survivor's guilt because the two of us shared every good thing and every bad thing that had occurred for a very long time. Now I felt guilty that she no longer had the opportunity to experience the things that are still to come.

Lessons For Caregivers Part 2: Dealing With Medical Professionals

Bernard Mooney | Posted 04.06.2012 | Home
Bernard Mooney

In short, when you are a caregiver dealing with doctors, be prepared to ask questions. When dealing with nurses, be prepared to listen.

How Tough Are You? Summoning Strength In Caregiving

Bernard Mooney | Posted 01.30.2012 | Home
Bernard Mooney

The weak, helpless, confused and eventually paralyzed state Celia had been in for four years hurt her 10 times more than it might hurt someone else. She did not abide by someone helping her to do everything, every day (not even her husband of 39 years).

Family Caregivers: The Silent Safety Net

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

In recognition of the estimated 65 million family caregivers in this country, November is designated National Family Caregivers Month.