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I think one of the hardest tasks of love for a caregiver to an Alzheimer's patient, is trying to help them maintain their dignity. more

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Caring for a person with a debilitating illness is often challenging. It becomes all the more difficult when the person is in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease more

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I have chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. more

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The formal diagnosis of ovarian cancer was confirmed after seven hours of surgery at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. more

Jun 15, 2017 2:00 AM Articles 1 Comments

The choice to provide care at home marks an important change affecting the lives of both partners. more

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My husband Ryan was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 37. Shortly before his diagnosis, we were at a high point in life, celebrating our one-year wedding anniversary and expecting our first baby. more

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“It’s a Puh.. Puh… Puh… word.”  I desperately explained to my husband. He turned his head away from me and walked into the other room. I stood there alone, bereft, defeated, feeling the tears burn through my embarrassment and frustration. more

Jun 7, 2017 5:13 PM Articles

Do you ever think things are going too good to be true and something bad must happen to compensate?  I have always thought that way. more

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Caregiving through a Doctor’s Eyes

Photographer: James Gathany

Caregiving is universal. It knows no boundaries of age, race, religion, profession or economic status. Caregiving will touch all of our lives at some point along the way. more

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"Do you know where my husband is?  Because he's a good one and I'd hate to lose him."  This is her third husband, so Holly, my 80-something-year-old patient, has room to judge. more

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Let me first clue-in the reader to the fact that I’m an only child - or I was prior to losing my father and my mother.. I no longer am a daughter to anyone. more

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One of the Bible's most recognizable quotes comes from the author of Ecclesiastes who wrote that there is "a time to every purpose under the heaven; a time to be born, and a time to die." more

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I decided to write this article to provide some tips to the wonderful people who are caring for caregivers. more

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Mom sat in her battered recliner.   Her hands gripped the sides of her head, and tears flowed steadily downward as another TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack) rocked her. more

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The day began ominously enough.  Low clouds, shrouded in mourning colors, hung heavily in the sky, threatening to weep during the class at the Botanical Gardens. more

Jun 2, 2017 8:22 AM Articles

My husband Bud had Huntington’s Disease. I was his caregiver. One of the hardest things for Bud was to have to depend on me or anyone else for toileting and hygiene. more

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Since my three-year stint as my father’s caregiver I wrestle with socially unacceptable urges to comfort, feed, and water just about anybody. more

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For 18 years I tried – unsuccessfully – to get Frank to the dentist for a cleaning. more

Jun 1, 2017 9:14 AM Articles

First came the stumbling, then the cane. Then came the diagnosis—a cousin to Lou Gehrig’s disease—primary lateral sclerosis. more

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Let me first clue-in the reader to the fact that I’m an only child - or I was prior to losing my father and my mother.. I no longer am a daughter to anyone. more

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