FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ Caregiver Mom
Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday (although it could be
argued that every day is Mother’s Day.) At every conference
where our mom has joined us, we always introduce her as the
mother of Today’s Caregiver magazine and caregiver.com.
Truth be told, this is more than just a little accurate.
It was by watching her dedication to our dad and
grandparents that allowed me to see what challenges
caregivers face on a daily basis. It was into her back
bedroom that I trudged with the first pieces of computer
equipment we used to start the magazine way back in 1994.
It was her honesty and commitment which allowed her to write
an ongoing column called “Phoenix Rising” about her life
after caregiving including dating again, identity theft and
job hunting as a senior citizen. (Don’t tell her I called
As I write this, I know that we all have stories to tell
about out moms— good, not-so-very-good and frustrating.
Take the time to tell them how you feel on Sunday, either in
person, on the phone or in silent prayer. Forgive the
forgivable transgressions which are somewhat unavoidable
when raising children and thank them for the role they
played in your becoming who you have become. Even if they
cannot understand the words you say, the emotions will come
through loud and clear. In fact, since the ratio
between male to female caregivers is nearly 45/55, the
stereotypical role of Mom as caregiver may be changing
before our eyes. But that is a story best saved for Father’s