Category Archives: Caregiving

Caregiver Bill of Rights

I have the right to: Take care of myself. This helps me maintain the ability to take better care of my care-receiver. Seek help from others even though my care receiver may object. Recognize the limits of my endurance and … Continue reading

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Cant’ We Talk about Something more PLEASANT??

I encouraged my readers to attend the recent Dallas Area Gerontological Society’s forum on ‘Having “the” Conversation’. My October Caregiver eLetter is about the book Being Mortal by Dr. Atul Gawande. I imagine that people are beginning to think I am … Continue reading

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Reminiscing

Remembering ‘the good ole days’ can be pleasant for everyone. It can be a useful tool for caregivers and their care receivers.  A famous psychologist, Eric Erikson, postulated that the task of later life is integrating our various former personas, … Continue reading

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When Mom & Dad can no longer live at home

Since I work with ElderCare daily, I forget that most ordinary folk are unfamiliar with its challenges.  Most of us ignore articles about subjects that have no interest for us, like nursing home care or the cost of long term … Continue reading

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Waiting for Death

None of us leave this life alive; we all experience death. I am frustrated when I read an article about how a medical intervention “saves lives.” No intervention yet has saved anyone from dying; we all die. What medical interventions … Continue reading

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