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ADVICE FOR CAREGIVERS FROM CAREGIVERS
During this National Caregivers Month of 2018, it's important to hear directly from YOU, caregivers on the front lines of love and commitment. Here are some tips compiled by the information and support program, Embracing Carers . THE QUESTION: How can you p...
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MEETING FEAR WITH COURAGE IN CAREGIVING
I was speaking with a friend today about fear in caregiving. The fear that we might  forget something very important, the fear that dismissing a symptom now could provoke a crisis later, the fear that we are not good enough in the face of love and serious i...
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I AM NOT A CAREGIVER (BUT I COOK): NATIONAL CAREGIVER MONTH!
This year for National Caregivers Month, I want to reflect on why so many of us do not identify as caregivers. 'Caregiver' is a problematic word for lots of reasons, not least among them that it seems to betray the love and loyalty we feel towards those who...
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Three Little Words That Caregivers Long to Hear
My friend Julie Drury is the bereaved Mom of her beautiful daughter Kate who passed away after a long journey of illness and pain resulting from mitochondrial disease and the invasive efforts to cure it.  The other day, Julie posted this message on Twitter:...
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What the Heck is Happening? I'm a Caregiver?
Caring for a dependent loved one is a chaotic business. There isn't much time for reflection, let alone laundry and grocery shopping. I'm always thinking, "If we can figure out a framework for planning our days, then maybe life would be a little easier." So...
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Guess What De-Stresses Us and Increases Our Wellbeing All in One Go?
I've just finished co-writing a new book with Dr. Zachary White (of The Unprepared Caregiver Blog ) - it's titled The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation of Loved One to Caregiver and it will out June 8, 2019! In our book, I've included a chapt...
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I Told the Story of Our Son's Transition and Researchers Listened
There are some aspects about my caregiving experience that have been harder than others. Whenever I can, I like to share ideas about what would have made our family journey easier so others might have an easier time. One of those issues is the  TRANSITION o...
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Fall Prevention: 10 Ways to Stay Safe in the Home
I have a good friend who recently had a bad fall. "That won't happen to me", I thought. Then last week I went to a very challenging balance routine at my gym. I was hopeless! Everyone fell over, including me. And my Mom fell easily before she passed away re...
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I Thought I Would Be OK, But I'm Not
My Mom passed away on August 16th at the age of 96. Ninety-six is a big number and a lot of years to live. When Mom reminisced about skiing down her street in Montreal as a child, I observed that her memory was 87 years old. Of course I had imagined Mom dyi...
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EMPOWERING ABILITY - We Are ALL Caregivers!
Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with sibling caregiver, activist and blogger Eric Goll. Here's my interview on EMPOWERING ABILITY - We are ALL Caregivers . Thank you, Eric! Eric writes: In Episode #050, I had the pleasure of interviewing Donna Thom...
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