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About Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Hughes is a wife, mother, grandmother and retired teacher. She is the caregiver to her husband of 46 years who has advanced Parkinson’s Disease. Her mission is to encourage and inspire other caregivers to realize they are not alone and can live with personal meaning and fulfilment. Please visit her website https://parkinsonscaregivernet.wordpress.com/
Latest Posts | By Cheryl Hughes
How to Achieve Holiday Harmony By Decorating with Your Grandkids
5 days ago

How to Achieve Holiday Harmony By Decorating with Your Grandkids

Don’t you love to hear someone say, “I remember holidays at my grandparents’ house. I loved the smells and the decorations, especially the _____________. That was my favorite!” Do your kids, grandkids or family friends have specific decorations they always comment on? Read More

How to Breach the Topic of Death and Dying with Your Spouse – the Tough Questions You Don’t Want to Ask
9 months ago

How to Breach the Topic of Death and Dying with Your Spouse – the Tough Questions You Don’t Want to Ask

By  •  Mindset

What if death and life were not opposites? What if they were both parts of reality? If that was true, would we still hesitate when needing or wanting to talk about death and dying? How can we make these conversations more organic, more natural? Read More

No New Year’s Resolutions for Me! The Confessions of a Mature Woman
1 year ago

No New Year’s Resolutions for Me! The Confessions of a Mature Woman

By  •  Mindset

Smile if you have made New Year’s resolutions in the past. Now smile again if you have kept them all year. It is truly difficult to keep those ‘promises’ going for an entire year, isn’t? Read More

4 Things That Can Help You Prepare for Difficult Conversations with Your Family
1 year ago

4 Things That Can Help You Prepare for Difficult Conversations with Your Family

By  •  Mindset

Have you recently received a negative diagnosis from your doctor? Or have you ever talked with your family about end-of-life issues? Have you and your family discussed quality of life versus quantity of life? How about a DNR, or life support, or feeding tubes, or home versus nursing facilities? Read More

5 Considerate Tips to Help You Decorate for the Holidays – Caregiving Style
1 year ago

5 Considerate Tips to Help You Decorate for the Holidays – Caregiving Style

Yes, it is fall, which means we are approaching the holiday season. The retail stores are crowded with holiday decorations, which, ultimately, poses the question, “Should we decorate our living space when we are a caregiver?” Read More

Don’t Know What to Say to a New Caregiver? Here Are 5 Supportive Things to Say
1 year ago

Don’t Know What to Say to a New Caregiver? Here Are 5 Supportive Things to Say

Have you noticed that sometimes people don’t speak to disabled or ill persons because they don’t really know what to say? The same is true about caregivers. If friends don’t know exactly what to say to us, sometimes they say nothing at all. Read More

5 Ways to Combat Feelings of Loneliness as a Caregiver
1 year ago

5 Ways to Combat Feelings of Loneliness as a Caregiver

Caregivers are usually dependable, persistent, detailed, vigilant – and seemingly tireless. But not many people would characterize caregivers as lonely. Yet as a caregiver, I have experienced many periods of loneliness. Depending on your circumstances, you may feel the same way. Read More