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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.

Exploring the Power and Comfort of Music in Hospice Care
3 months ago

Exploring the Power and Comfort of Music in Hospice Care

When loved ones are dying it’s easy to feel helpless. We desperately want and need comfort. And we yearn to stay connected as long as possible.

Music can be the gift that offers both comfort and connection.

Here are some stories of people whom it helped during their time in hospice care. Read More

What is a Caregiver Cruise and Why Should You Consider Taking One?
3 months ago

What is a Caregiver Cruise and Why Should You Consider Taking One?

By  •  Travel

There are 66 million family caregivers in the U.S. alone; 70% are female and 25% are Millennials. Caregivers suffer worsened health than non-caregivers and 40-60% report symptoms of depression. Some caregivers, like my sister, pre-decease the ones for whom they care. Read More

When it Comes to End of Life Care, Don’t Fall for Magical Thinking!
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 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
5 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