This is going to be a great year for new products, services and
support for family caregivers if the amazing list of 2014 Caregiver
Friendly Award nominees are any indication.
I know that each and every one of these nominees represents many
thousands of hours of loving labor by their producers and manufacturers,
all working with one thought in common: “What can I do to help the life
of the family caregiver become easier?”
One thing I am most excited about is the wide variety of industries that
are now sending in entries and the incredible work they are producing
with family caregivers in mind. And this year, we are expanding
the categories to include Long Term Care Facilities. As family
caregivers search for facility partners on behalf of their loved ones,
it would be a great help to know which is (and which is not) Caregiver
Now to the reason this email is titled “Lucky Thirteen.” We have
received emails and calls from organizations who are interested in
having just a smidge more time to enter the award program this year ...more
Don’t Delay Planning
By Sheri L. Samotin
Due to medical and other technological
breakthroughs, people are living longer these days. Because
of this, many people wrongly assume that they can put off
getting their affairs in order for a few more years. However,
exactly the opposite is true ...more
We Are Not in
By Shelly Moss
“There is no place like home; there is no
place like home.” We can all relate to Dorothy’s sentiments.
She was surrounded with enchantment —talking animals and vivid
colors— yet she still longed for black and white Kansas. In Kansas
lived the people she knew and loved; things were familiar ...more
Driving and Transportation Safety
By Ryan Mackey
Transportation can be an obstacle
for many older people, and adjusting to either public
transportation or rides from family are not easy. It is
usually up to the family of the loved one who must handle
transportation issues, and ensure they stay safe when on
the roads. Here are some points to consider when assessing
your loved one’s ability to continue driving safely, or if
needed possible alternative modes of transportation ...more
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By Valerie Stephenson
You entered my world
Reaching for the “me” that I had lost.
You helped me remember who I am
With kind and gentle reminders
Of the memories composing my life.
You took the time to know me
Beyond the intricacies of my disease-
You helped me find my way, each day,
Easing my fears,
Helping me feel that I still belong.
You overlooked my daily confusion,
Understanding the rage,
giving me comfort.
You walked along with me,
not for me,
Helping me face the day
With a sense of dignity
and a semblance of pride.
My memory fades,
But I know when someone cares.
And I know when I look into your eyes
That you are my hero.
For you are faithful, you are strong,
And you respect the best of who I am.
And I know that your belief
Have allowed me to rediscover
The strength and courage
Of the hero that lies within me.
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