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  • "Ok, We Go Now"

    That phrase always signaled a decisive end of my grandfather’s visit to my parent’s house when I was younger. With those words, my grandfather would rise sharply from the couch, sneak dollar bills into my hands and the hands of my siblings more

  • An APPle a day

    It was by watching my Mom’s years of dedication to our dad and grandparents when they took ill in the 1990s that I saw what challenges caregivers face on a daily basis. more

  • The Couch Conversations

    My dad had his own special place on the couch in our living room as I was growing up. Nothing too “Archie Bunker’s chair” about this situation. Just anytime the family was sitting on the couch, that was where he sat. more

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  • All It Takes

    This past weekend a small group of friends and I visited a friend of ours who was in intensive care after he experienced complications from gall bladder surgery. more

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  • It Takes an (Electronic) Village

    It is our job to oversee something akin to a three-dimensional chessboard of schedules: medication timetables, doctors’ appointments, healthcare workers’ schedules, and the agenda of our well family members, such as our children. more

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  • Summer of Respite 2017

    Now that the summer is in full swing, it is time to consider how to give a break to the most important person in your loved one’s life – you. more

  • All Together Now

    I’d like to address the healthcare professionals who are reading this column…(family caregivers, close your eyes). Please, remember that you have a real partner in care more

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  • Depression Be Gone

    Whether through full-time homecare, regular doctor visits, or long distance care, caregiving has become an all-encompassing part of all our lives. As our caregiving intensifies, so too do our stress levels, more

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  • Chairperson Mom

    Sometimes our most important work as family caregivers includes being able to juggle what your loved one truly needs with what they truly believe they want. more

  • Just an Okie from Miami Beach

    I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week for the first annual Tulsa Fearless Caregiver Conference. I always say and fervently believe that the greatest unsung celebrities are our family caregivers and there were a whole darn room filled with them. more

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