While she does have a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Leeza is also a powerful star in the world of Alzheimer's caregiving. Both her mother and grandmother had the disorder, and that's when she learned first-hand how devastating the disease can be for caregivers.
When the unthinkable happens, the first impulse is to believe that all is lost. When we lose our parents, we feel as though we've lost a big part of our past. When we lose a child -- especially our only child -- we feel as though we've lost our future.
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Have you gotten tired yet hearing how broken down and dysfunctional we have all become in our advancing years? If we are smart, we except our shortcomings, find a way to overcome them and move on with living our lives to the fullest.
Noah's innocent, honest assessment of his own needs while witnessing his brother's suffering echoed the very same cries for help and support that I had heard during the caregiver sessions at the conference in Las Vegas.
I enter every conversation and interaction believing that it only takes one "yes" to propel me forward. Of course, you must realize that no one can help you obtain your goals if you fail to share your goals with others.
What if we rather considered this a sudden boon in terms of freed up resources for the good? How about picturing the move from swords to plowshares? We seem to be spending more than half of our tax revenues on military stuff and that has been increasing by about 9 percent per year.