My 13-year-old daughter recently tried on the wedding dress in the photo, which was worn by both my wife and mother-in-law. As she twirled, three generations danced.
While cost will likely remain as a top tier issue in delivering long-term care, quality from the person's perspective matters, regardless of who pays for the care
I learned compassion. I learned that you cannot do life alone. I learned that pain is part of life and it cracks you open in ways that make you a more compassionate person. I learned that the obstacles on the path ARE the path.
There are many words we could pull out of our hats to describe a woman over 50 with kids who still need her (whether they're living at home or not) AND parents who need her, too, sometimes even more.
The challenges of what I call 'The Sandwich Generation Juggling Act' -- balancing children, career and caregiving -- often means dropping the ball that says 'me.'
Instead of a magical cure, I pray for an end to my mother's life. I ask God to ease her into death, and do it soon.
Such a situation often comes with various emotional and financial challenges, as modern medicine allows people to live longer, while young adults have a harder time finding jobs. So this scenario is a trend that is likely to continue.
Her campaign embraces society's love of pop culture with her passion to help solve one of society's looming aging and health issues: finding a cure for a disease which robs the victims of their personalities and joys in life.
We want to be there for the people we love, but it can be draining. When we are left dry and exhausted (physically, emotionally or financially), what can we possibly give to others?
As a society, we are now confronted with complex end-of-life challenges. Personal financial concerns, soaring medical costs, extension and quality of life issues, loss of independence and over-medicating, to name a few.
Over the next 20+ years, the next civil rights issue we will face is a growing older population with more seniors needing care -- whether diagnosed with a disease, disorder or living with a disability -- and the need to recognize and support their family caregivers.
Baby Doll, as I call her, has reinforced something I already knew but had never put into words. The instinct to show affection is strong. We humans need love and kindness and we need to give it in return.
Things started to change. It was so gradual at first that it was easy to miss. I simply started to have the feeling that Mom had turned a corner somehow
I am fond of telling people that I became a journalist because I wanted to make a difference. Actually, what I wanted to do was change the world.
As a parent myself, living overseas so far away from my family, it has been important to me to find creative ways to maintain this intergenerational tie between my own son and his grandparents.
I will always wonder what life would have been like if my mother hadn't developed this devastating disease.