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Caregiving

Caregiving is a rewarding, frustrating, inspiring experience. Whether you are caring for an elderly parent or your partner, it’s important to remember to also take care of yourself. We can help.

When it Comes to End of Life Care, Don’t Fall for Magical Thinking!
2 days ago

When it Comes to End of Life Care, Don’t Fall for Magical Thinking!

By  •  Family

You may not think you’re susceptible to magical thinking, but don’t discount the possibility that it will make its presence felt when you least expect it. Read More

When Alzheimer’s Comes Knocking: The Journey into Alz World
2 weeks ago

When Alzheimer’s Comes Knocking: The Journey into Alz World

By  •  Family

My husband, Bob, first stated showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease in the year 2000 when I almost died of a strangulated intestine. That trauma changed our lives forever. Read More

Kind Cooking: The Art of Preparing Food for Sick People
3 weeks ago

Kind Cooking: The Art of Preparing Food for Sick People

By  •  Family

Are you one of the many people who are looking after someone who is very ill? Perhaps a spouse, sibling, parent or friend? As you well know, it is a highly tiring and difficult task, however much it is undertaken with love.

You may be overloaded with advice, but I’d like to add a few thoughts about food. Read More

The Surprising Relationship Between Dementia and Faith Communities
3 weeks ago

The Surprising Relationship Between Dementia and Faith Communities

Nearly everyone knows someone affected by dementia. I’ve been exploring how faith communities can give practical support to people affected. Religious books such as the Bible and the Quran emphasise the importance of caring for the sick, the old, the frail and our parents. But people are not sure how to do that. Read More

Feeling Unappreciated as a Caregiver? Here Are 11 Ways to Cope
3 weeks ago

Feeling Unappreciated as a Caregiver? Here Are 11 Ways to Cope

By  •  Family

A caregiver’s sacrifice often goes unappreciated. Feeling unappreciated when you do so much to care for your older adult is a common issue in caregiving. Not feeling valued increases resentment and stress, eventually leading to burnout. Read More

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes
1 month ago

How Hospice Care Can Help Meet a Patient’s End of Life Wishes

By  •  Family

Have you ever spent time with someone in their last days? Was it intimate, peaceful and special – or was it full of intrusive hospital equipment, harried nurses, physical pain and no chance to talk? Read More

Break the Silence in Their Golden Years: Give Your Aging Parent the Gift of Music
2 months ago

Break the Silence in Their Golden Years: Give Your Aging Parent the Gift of Music

I was talking with my friend Deb today. She recently shared my CD Songs You Know by Heart
with her mom. The CD is loaded with 18 old-time favorites and includes hits like You Are My Sunshine, Side by Side and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. She was sure her mom would love it. Read More

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One
2 months ago

3 Ways to Nourish and Care for a Terminally Ill Loved One

By  •  Family

Last year I experienced one of the great, unexpected joys of grand-motherhood. One lunchtime I introduced my then 18-month old grandson to my meatballs. Read More

6 Actionable Steps to Combat Caregiver Stress
2 months ago

6 Actionable Steps to Combat Caregiver Stress

By  •  Family

Stress is a normal part of life for most people, but for those who’ve taken on the responsibility of taking care of an elderly loved one, the strain can quickly take its toll.

In fact, research consistently shows how the emotional and physical burden of caregiving, along with the uncertainty it brings, means caregivers are far likelier to develop chronic stress than non-caregivers. Read More

Finding Cherished Memories Through Nostalgic Music
3 months ago

Finding Cherished Memories Through Nostalgic Music

My mom died when I was 35 years old. She was only 58. She’s been gone a long time now and sadly, memories do have a way of fading. Here’s one memory I do have. And it comes to me whenever I hear a certain song. Read More