Gary Barg: So
often, we find that it is a phone
call in the middle of the night that
marks the beginning of becoming a
family caregiver. I was taken by the
fact that your caregiving actually
did start with a phone call.
Gail Sheehy: Yes.
I think it usually does start with a
call. Even with a creeping crisis,
where nobody really wants to
acknowledge that mom is forgetting
more than usual and sometimes cannot
find her way home. It may go on for
a year or two before there finally
will be a crisis and mom will be
lost; or you will get a call because
dad has run a red light and he does
not remember how he got into that
My call was from
my husband’s surgeon, who two years
before, had removed a cyst on Clay’s
neck, had it surveyed and it came
back that it was benign. Then, these
years later, I get a call saying...read more
Bipolar Disorder: Keeping Tabs On Medications
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
The cornerstone of managing
bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression) is
medication management. It is also one of the most
challenging tasks a caregiver can take on. Reaching
a stabilization of the highs and lows that come with
bipolar disorder takes time and patience. It also
requires a strong relationship between caregiver and
loved one, and the same bond with trusted medical
The Nature of a Beast: Understanding ALS
By Arleen M. Kaptur
There are so many different situations which can make
someone a caregiver, like a loved one getting into a
horrible accident and being rendered immobilized. The
years can begin to take a toll on the mind and body, and
help is needed with the simplest of things. Then there
are the ravages of a horrific disease...read more
Disaster Preparedness for Elder Loved Ones
It’s no secret that a large percentage of deaths in Katrina-ravaged New Orleans were our sick and our elderly. Even institutions built to safeguard our elderly loved ones were ill-equipped to handle a disaster of this magnitude...read
My 95-year-old mother-in-law is burning
a lot of what she cooks and we are afraid she will catch the
house on fire. She loves to cook. She likes fried foods a
lot. Is there any way to fix the stove so it can't be set on
high? We talked about unplugging the stove, but then we are
afraid she will stop eating altogether. I know there are
other ways to cook (microwave, slow cooker, toaster oven),
but they are not the same as frying on the stove. Help!
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