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Stop the Shrinkage!

Once born, we are receptive to everything. Through our school days we are taught day after day to increase our knowledge. We grow with every new experience and life event. All our lives we are urged and supported to grow and improve. A funny thing happened when I became a family caregiver. I began to…

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The Wedding

In 2015, during my parents’ ongoing medical crisis, my oldest sister stomped her foot and said, “I’m out!” Although angry with me and one of my brothers, she also also decided to stop having contact with my parents. She does not reach out to them during holidays, their birthdays and other special family events. (Read…

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Dementia Journal, October 10, 2019

It is getting more and more difficult to write this Dementia Journal as I fear I’m repeating myself and rehashing some of the same thoughts and feelings. But continue it I must until the very end when Mom is at last released from a brain and mind grievously ravaged by dementia over many years now. As…

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Caregivers Are Time Travelers

Yes, you are and so is everyone here. Don’t believe me? Take the Yes/No quiz below. Have you mastered the science of doing more things in one minute than most humans? Have you discovered the Secret of Pockets? This is your unconscious pocketing of things you know your loved one will need and will always…

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My Caregiving Story

I’m honored to be featured in the Time Counts campaign, a special initiative created by Embracing Carers. You can hear my story and meet my parents, below. Through the Time Counts campaign, Embracing Carers hopes to tally up one million minutes to help for family caregivers. Sean Hayes also shared his story in order to…

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Importance of Boundaries

I imagine we’ve all felt it. We start caring for a loved one, and next thing we know, we are not only shouldering all their health needs, but also feel responsible for their comfort. For their happiness. For their mood. We feel guilty for carrying out an act in haste, for making a blunt comment,…

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Managing Incontinence with Grace and Dignity

(Editor’s Note: On a regular basis, we run sponsored content which features products and services which can help during a caregiving experience. We thank Tye Medical for its generous support of CareGiving.com.) The role of a caregiver can be a difficult one, especially when incontinence is involved. Studies show that incontinence is among one of the…

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Angry Response Can Be Triggered by Old Issues

(Editor’s Note: We welcome Maris to our blogging team today. You can connect with her via her profile page: @maris.) Every minute of the day I have to remember that my loved one for whom I am sole caregiver doesn’t process information the way she used to. Her memory is so poor, that we have…

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Karma?

Well, just when you thought it was safe to go into the water………. Most of you know Mom lived with us for 6 years, and died March 19 here at home in home hospice. You also know my husband Rod, has frontotemporal dementia (I do the FTD Chat on Mon and Sat and the monthly…

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Notice of Funeral – Before Death

My mom doesn’t want a funeral. None-the-less, I’ve been thinking about it. She’s touched many lives. I’m sure a lot would attend. Mom moved from assisted living to living with me a year ago. In that time, a rumor went around her church that she’d died. The church secretary called me to get the story…

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The Caregivers Morning Routine

I follow several motivational speakers and authors, and many have their own guide to a specialized morning routine designed to help bring out the best version of you. I’m all about being the best version of me. But getting up an hour early can be a tough ask when I’ve been up several times over…

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Hearing Father’s Voice

“I don’t think I can do this much longer,” says Allen. He sits in a dining room chair, the image of discouragement; head down, elbows on knees, tall body leaning forward. “Do what?” I ask. I am trying to remember if it is Chicago or Terbium that uses footnotes as I scan a new document. I…

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Get Real

I have this need to feel productive. To cross stuff off my to-do list. Yet as a mom, as a caregiver, as a household manager, I am required to remain on call. To be available. To stop what I’m doing to address others needs. And it can feel impossible. I swear they can smell when…

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