Category Archives: disabilities

Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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Caregiving and Alzheimer’s: Asking the Right Questions

A frustrated friend called me for help while visiting her mother. Her mother’s Alzheimer’s was progressing and she was exhibiting some, let’s say, wearisome behaviors (to my friend that is). It had been over a week and her mother refused … Continue reading

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A Fundamental Rule of Caregiving (that No one can seem to Follow)

An essential imperative of caregiving is: Take care of yourself.  However; the majority of family caregivers are so busy taking care of others that they neglect to care for themselves.  The sad irony is that if caregivers made it a … Continue reading

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It Was Right in Front of Me in Black and White

As a national speaker I have presented to hundreds of family caregivers throughout the country.  In each presentation I highlight how, as caregivers, we can become task masters; focused on our to-do list more than the people around us.  I … Continue reading

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Playing an Old Game in a New Way (In loving Memory of Ed Cutler)

I wrote this several years ago and thought it fitting to repost it in loving memory of my father-in-law Ed Cutler who passed away January 5th. Continue reading

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Guest Blog – Tips for Caregivers Applying for Disability Benefits

If you are responsible for providing supportive, daily care for a disabled individual, whether it is your own parent or another loved one, you can help them apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Here are some … Continue reading

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Aging and Hearing Loss – Guest Post by Gary Hill

Age related hearing loss is a natural and gradual demise in hearing ability that affects individuals from as early as in their mid 40s, but far more common in the over 65s. If you care for an elderly person, it … Continue reading

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$10 Worth of Empowerment

Over the last year I’ve helped my Aunt out as she faces multiple health issues, including driving her to doctor appointments, the grocery store and to some family events.  On many of these junctures she has offered me money to … Continue reading

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Honesty and Empowerment

We’ve all heard the phrase “honesty is the best policy” and, for the most part, it’s true.  Now there are certain exceptions to this rule, for example if your spouse asks you if her pants make her look fat, I … Continue reading

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Changing Your Mind Can Change Your Life

A great story with a good message: A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and elderly woman moved into a nursing home. Though legally blind, the woman is always fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock in bright-colored clothes and makes sure that … Continue reading

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Perspective from the Rearview Mirror

It’s hard to believe that it’s January.  It feels like time speeds up as each year passes.  2011 was a year filled with so many trials and tragedy that, at times, I just wanted to curl up in the fetal position … Continue reading

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Feel Good Friday! Pets as Caregivers – Watch This!

How about a feel good story – I could use one right about now, you? I love this story – it’s so great that someone has come up with this idea to help not only the disabled and veterans but … Continue reading

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