Tag: family

Advance Directives: Pathways to Peace for Caregivers

A few weeks ago, I shared with you the important lesson my grandma taught me about dementia. Today, my mind turns to my other grandmother – my mother’s mother – who died eight years ago today from complications of a massive stroke. Grandmother was in her favorite room when the stroke occurred like a bolt... Read more »

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 »

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 »