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A Life Line: By Then, I’ll Be Too Old

In caregiving, time can seem to pass too slowly. Until you think about time as it relates to your life. And, then you may worry: “I’ve lost my life in caregiving; I’ll be too old to achieve what I want.”

In this Life Line, I offer a perspective on “too old.”



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About Denise

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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  1. Profile photo of Jane

    Hey Denise:

    Is it me or is there something wrong? When I go to watch the video I get a black screen that says this video is private.


    • Profile photo of Denise

      It was me!! I fixed. :)

  2. I love our Life Lines – Thank you so much Denise. It’s so amazing what our minds can do and how they can make us feel a certain way.

    I often wonder if caregiving makes me look older, or act older…I appreciate this reminder which accompanies another that I got today (:

    I was at the pool with Rees and Marah this morning. Not a lot of people there today, so I decided to go off the diving board…when I was swimming away, Marah’s friend went over to her and said, “Marah, your mom still has the grooves”.

    Made me laugh and think: maybe caregiving isn’t making me old.

    Thanks to and our Life Lines, I can approach caregiving in a better way, which can help prevent me from feeling “too old” for my future.

  3. Profile photo of Jane

    Hi Denise:

    I remember when I was on table talk and I was talking about my classes to be a pharmacy technician and I said if I was younger (I will be 50 this year) and better in Math I would consider going ahead and being a pharmacist. I still struggle with feeling that I will be too old age wise for someone to hire me etc.

    Your video was an inspiration and just like you told me during table talk “don’t let that dream die” I will hold onto the idea.

    I’m still trying to wrap my brain around you riding for 100 miles… I’m lucky I can do 3 on my exercise bike. I haven’t made exercise a priority in a long time and my body will tell you that. I will try and start exercising more.

    Thank you so much for these videos. I remember my mom use to always say “I’m do old” and I would always tell her you’re never to old but at that time I wasn’t old… now I am :o)


  4. Profile photo of Chet

    Thank you Denise for such a great reminder. I have recently been worrying about getting too old, but your message reminded me of what I learned from two of the most amazing women in my life. My grandma was never too old and was going strong till the day she died, and my wife who is never “too sick” she opened a business while bed-ridden and even with her recent major problems is planning her next “great adventure”.

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