Editor's Pen

From the Editor's Pen

  • Sharing Etiquette Wisdom (Redux)

    Last month, I wrote the article, The Caregiver Curmudgeon: Physicians Etiquette Edition about the challenges we face ensuring the healthcare system treats our loved ones with the respect they deserve. Read more

  • Hard to Swallow

    There are so many life altering firsts when it comes to caring for our loved ones: the first recognition that something is wrong, the first medical diagnosis, and the first time that roles change in your relationships. Read more


  • Of Bunnies, Backyards and Beach Bummin’

    This week we begin to celebrate Easter and in a few weeks Passover, don our new holiday garb, and do everything for the young ones from hiding the matzah to holding Easter egg rolls, believe it or not, summer is also just around the corner. Read more

  • On Being Caregiver Friendly

    We are celebrating more than twenty years of honoring inventors, designers, tinkerers, writers, creators and companies who are working tirelessly on behalf of family caregivers with a call for entries. Read more

  • The Caregiver Curmudgeon: Physicians Etiquette Edition

    There is nothing like being immersed in today’s healthcare system to bring out the ‘mudgeon in me. Like the comic character, The Hulk, just when I work hardest to keep my curmudgeon-ship at bay, something triggers and big-time. Read more

  • You Just Gotta Laugh...

    Researchers at the UMUC have proven that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. Laughter appears to cause the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow. Read more

  • Anger Management

    At a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference, so many issues of importance to caregivers were raised that it could take up five columns, but I thought I would touch on one that is surprisingly not mentioned enough by event attendees – anger Read more


  • Partnering for Care

    I have heard a lot recently about a phrase that I really like: Care Partnership. We have always used this phrase mostly in relationship with the family caregiver becoming an equal member of their loved one’s care team. Read more

  • Break The Glass

    I've had many conversations recently about what it takes to become a "successful caregiver." This is an important conversation for us to be having in this country at this moment. Read more


  • Mike and Mindy - A Valentine's Tale

    They heard about the Fearless Caregiver Conference in the news that very morning. Let’s call them Mike and Mindy (not their real names). I was in Tampa to host our annual Fearless Caregiver Conference and had an interview with one of the local.. Read more


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