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Denise’s Blog

Denise hopes her blog feels like a warm hug, a hopeful smile and a gentle nudge.

Welcome to Our New Members

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The best resource for you is another in a similar situation. So, to help you connect, please find our list of our newest members, below. Please feel free to send a private message or a public note as well as a friendship request. I think it helps our new members when they see familiar faces each time they visit the site. You also can see when a new member joins on our Activity Stream; feel ...

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A Changed Man

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When I was 22, my parents took a trip to Ireland, leaving myself, one older brother and my younger sister with the house to ourselves. Soon after they left, I tried to back the car of out of garage and succeeded in positioning the car right into the side of the house. My brother finally had to come out and move the car, which left a deep dent in the house siding. My sister and ...

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Final Push: Sign Our Petition for the CDC to Track Family Caregiver Stress

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released statistics last week about deaths from unintentional injury among adults 65 years of age and older. These incredibly valuable statistics point to the value of prevention and awareness. And, yet, we know very little about the family members who care for those over 65 who need help to stay well and safe. In fact, we know very little about any individual who provides care to a family ...

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Oh, Denise Can Do That

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Helping my parents means keeping their day running smoothly–whether it be fixing a computer or a cell phone, getting them to family functions and activities, resolving a worry or a fret (they worry and fret a lot). My siblings get involved for the doctors’ appointments, the holidays and the big events (like the surgeries). Each day, though, I do my best to ensure the boat stays afloat. On Saturday, my mom spoke with my brother ...

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Sale: Save on “Take Comfort” Books

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This week, save on our Take Comfort books, on sale for just $6 plus $5 for shipping and handling. You can purchase all three Take Comfort books for just $15 plus $5 for shipping and handling. “These books are gems for family caregivers,” a reader says. Buy your Take Comfort books.)

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Welcome to Our New Members

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The best resource for you is another in a similar situation. So, to help you connect, please find our list of our newest members, below. Please feel free to send a private message or a public note as well as a friendship request. I think it helps our new members when they see familiar faces each time they visit the site. You also can see when a new member joins on our Activity Stream; feel ...

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But, That’s What We Do!

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The documentary, “The Genius of Marian,” tells the story of Pam White, diagnosed with early onset Alzheimr’s disease. Her son, the filmmaker, shows his mom as she adjusts and declines and his father as he takes on more and more of her care. At one point, his father explains his perspective on caregiving. A staff member at the Alzheimer’s Association suggested he hire a home health aide to help with Pam’s care so he could ...

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Good-Bye Blood Clot

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On Monday afternoon, my dad decided to have surgery to remove the blood clot on his carotid artery. On Tuesday afternoon, he had the two-hour procedure, which was successful. Most patients who have this procedure return home the next day. My dad may need one more day but the recovery should be fairly quick. I had paid gigs on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday morning, so much of the information gathering and decision making occurred between my ...

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I Provide Comfort; I Leave the Rest to God

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When I watched my brother’s and sisters’ children when they were young, I really focused on keeping their children alive during my care. They presented me two or three adorable little beings to watch, relying on me to keep them safe and entertained. When my siblings returned from their outings, I made sure to present to them their children, perhaps with a few bandaids, but always in as good as shape as I received. A ...

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Decisions

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When we left the house yesterday for the hospital, I really expected a short trip to the ER and then home. My dad certainly didn’t have any physical signs that he needed a hospitalization. His weakness in the left arm appeared temporary. About 90 minutes later, it seemed surreal to have a physician presenting a serious decision in front of us. My dad probably has a blood clot. Do we want him to have a ...

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