Archive for May 2012

National Institutes of Health Offers Free Webinar on Long-Distance Caregiving

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about practical tools for long-distance caregivers. I have a soft spot for those who are caregiving from afar because my family has been through such a journey more than once. That’s why I was so pleased to learn that the National Institutes of Health has posted a free... Read more »

When Caregivers Have Full-Time Jobs: A Call for Eldercare Programs

As many of you already know, caregiving is a full-time job. The combination of planning for care (including financial and legal planning), providing hands-on care, and coordinating health care providers can easily fill a caregiver’s day. But how in the world does this happen when the caregiver has a full-time job? We could surmise that... Read more »

Kerry Wood’s Retirement Creates Opportunity to Help Caregiving Youth

I wholeheartedly agree with Kerry Wood’s decision to retire. It’s sad, but it’s time. I’m thankful for Wood’s dedication and loyalty to the Cubs and the city of Chicago. I’m going to choose to remember his best moments as a brilliant pitcher and forgive the rest. I truly believe that his heart has always been... Read more »

What My Grandma Taught Me about Dementia

My grandma would have turned 110 years old today. As a child, I remember her declaring her goal to live to 100, and we all were certain that this would happen. You see, Grandma was blessed with the determination of her German ancestry – a determination you did not question. But it was not meant... Read more »

Five Resources for Caregivers of Veterans

Anyone that knows me is aware of my soft spot for our military. Even during times when I’ve not supported a war, I’ve always supported those who have bravely served our country and had to endure things that most of us cannot begin to imagine. Two professional experiences solidified my sensitivity toward veterans and the... Read more »

NPR Captures Complex Issues of Caregiving in “Family Matters”

I’ve said before in this blog that caregivers are the real experts regarding caregiving – not me. Caregivers are the only ones who can describe what anthropologists call the “lived experience” of caring for a family member or similar loved one, and they’re the only ones who can really paint for us the many complex... Read more »

Marilu Henner Wows Gurnee with her Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM)

Pop quiz, folks! On which day of the week were you born? What did you order for dinner on your very first date? What did you do on this day exactly seven years ago? (No peeking at the Blackberry!) If you’re having trouble with this quiz, there’s no need to worry, especially if you hung... Read more »