It is nearly seven
years since Henry passed. To recap, our family friends
Henry and Grace were a couple who led a relatively charmed life.
They were deeply in love, working together in an extremely successful
business for over 40 years, with no thoughts of the future. Henry was
20 years older than Grace and handled all of their financial affairs.
He, unfortunately, did not have any plans in place for a designated
surrogate in case Grace was unable to handle her own affairs at any
time after his passing. That, of course, is where the story goes (as
they say) south.
I had not seen Grace
in about six months when she entered the room where a party was being
held. The guests included many of her friends. She looked gaunt and
somewhat confused and was with a younger man who was guiding her
through the room to where they sat down together...read more
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Tools For Starting a Caregiver Support Group
By Kristine Dwyer, LSW
Starting a caregiver support group
takes time, energy, organization and an ongoing commitment. It
is not a one-person job but it does usually need at least one
energetic, organized person to start the group and share
enthusiasm for its success...read more
With Dottie, I have My Life Back
By Suzanne Ponciroli
I always thought helper dogs were
for blind or hearing impaired people. As I began to
learn more about these dogs, I realized they also
offered a variety of assistance to people with
physical limitations...read more
7 Emotional and Physical Well-Being
Tips for Male Caregivers
Men account for almost 40% of the caregiver
population. In order for male caregivers to properly care for
their loved ones, they must remember to care for themselves...read more
In New York
My mom has been living with us for nearly 22
years. She will be 100 in September. Praise God, she is very
cognitive, but she does have physical disabilities. One of them is
that her hands don't work properly and she was spilling the
plastic cups I put her drinks in. A close friend recommended I try
a child's "sippy cup." It's one of the best ideas ever! Each night
when I put her to bed, I fill the cup with water and ice and she
can sip it whenever she wants without worry of spilling it onto
the bed. God bless each and every caregiver out there. Ours is not
an easy task and growing old certainly is not for the faint of
In New York
While traveling with someone with Parkinson's,
make sure you carry underwear guards and possibly a change of
undergarments and a wash cloth. Try to be at a place where there
is a handicapped bathroom available so you can enter the restroom
The best ideas and solutions for taking care of your
loved one often come from other caregivers. Please post your ideas
and insights and we will share them with your fellow caregivers.
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