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Hi! I'm Gary, in my early 50s, and sole surviving sibling adult caregiver to my elderly widowed mom in her 80s, since my dad passed away from cancer almost 10 years ago. Mom and I have been on a long caregiving journey, and now she is seeing some rewards--and herself--for the first time in a long time as a new resident of a senior residence. Balancing this with my work, my own chronic health physical challenges, and moving on selling our old house.. But this site has been such a lifesaver...here's to all us caregivers! In 2012, I finally also earned my Certificate in Graduate Studies in Gerontology: Management of Aging Services from UMass/Boston. --I've learned so much on this journey! :)

Happy Mothers’ Caregivers Day

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Hey guyz, wishing everyone not only a Happy Mother’s Day, but a Happy day also for caregivers of moms or maternal loved ones who worked to make everything as right as possible for their moms today, or who couldn’t but were there in spirit. I took my mom out to one of her favorite places today.  It’s a joy to see her feel so happy to be out and see people, enjoy a meal, be ...

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Lost It — Over Snow :-o

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Hello guyz, I hope your New Year has started out as relaxing and healthy as possible.  Me, it was cool but I’m writing to need to vent.  As you might’ve heard, here around Boston we’ve had 2-3 days of on and off snowstorms, totaling where I live to about 10″. Through a longtime friend who is also a parental caregiver like me, I was put in contact with a local guy in my mom’s neighborhood ...

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This Is *My* Week

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Happy Holidays to everybody, I hope everyone is perhaps having the gift of having a little time for themselves, amidst all the caregiving that we are being responsible for.  The community college at which I work is closed this week between the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  And I am making it a “time-out” period for me.  Little self-indulgences, in between checking in on and doing for mom, for instance sleeping in a bit, going ...

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Memories Come Alive on Thanksgiving for Us

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Hi, I felt we had a T-Day experience yesterday that fits the bill well.  My mom’s house is like a waystation for the Holidays, with us and then cousins and other relatives coming and going and telephoning.  Well inthe evening, before I was getting ready to leave, I remembered that I’d had it in my mind this past week to ask my mom where she’d ended up storing the “Memories” videocassette that I had made ...

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Back to School

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I’ve returned to higher ed after 25 years. I am in my first course, Strategic Human Resources Management, in my grad program at UMass/Boston — Gerontology with Aging Services Management Track. My next big paper I’m starting to write is going to focus on volunteerism in the Salvation Army. They have a lot of elderly services, too.

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Scattered…and Overwhelmed

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Ugh.  Today was one of those days I felt that I was going to implode.  The week started off well — I pulled off a coup and, despite a nor’reaster here in Boston, I really did my best to take Mom out for dinner for her birthday, surprised her with a certificate to her favorite store, pulled out the stops with flowers and all…then the week’s been so crazy, between my diverticulitis/IBS continuing to act ...

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Fall…This Time A New Season With A New Start?

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Happy Labor Day, Everybody.  I know that sounds twisted…all most of us ever do is “labor” — so I mean that I hope that everyone saved some time for themselves to have a block of space of peace and serenity, even mentally, sometime today.  I think I’m like a lot of people that Labor Day Weekend pretty much signals a change of seasons already.  At the community college where I work, Fall Semester officially starts ...

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I feel like too thinly rolled-out pizza dough…

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You know how it looked when Lucy Ricardo tried to make pizza, or when you tried to imitate your parents doing it as a kid — you’d beat, roll, and run over the dough, tearing it apart and making a mess?  I feel, particularly today, like I’m the dough and everybody and my responsibilities to them have been doing that to me.  And after they each get their corners and ends, what do I get ...

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New Caregiving Book

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Hi, Everybody. I wanted to post about a great new caregiving support book that I picked up at Barnes & Noble. I don’t think I’ve posted about it before…but I can’t remember my name some days! 😉 It’s a large softcover thing entitled “The Everything Guide to Caring for Aging Parents: Reassuring Advice to Help You Support Your Loved Ones”; Kathy Quan, RN, BSN, PHN; 2009; Adams Media. To quote the book’s cover, its contents ...

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Catchin’ Up!

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Hey Guyz, sorry it’s been so long since I could repost. I hope everybody’s doing ok and finding some time also for their own health and batteries-recharging. I’m applying for an all-online graduate degree program in — get this, am I a glutton for punishment, or what 😉 — Gerontology, with Management of Aging Services Track! Crossing my fingers. I just feel like all my life experiences, qualifications and path are at this confluence that ...

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