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With a busy 2018 Fearless Caregiver Conference schedule in full swing, I am very much looking forward to visiting with the caregivers who will be in attendance. It is always an extra special joy to share the day with the grandparent caregivers more

Jan 16, 2018 4:04 PM Editor's Pen

When my Dad became ill and his strength waned to the point he could no longer easily play with his four year old granddaughter, his greatest concern was that she would only remember him as a frail and infirmed man more

Jan 9, 2018 9:25 AM Editor's Pen

Wishing for kinder and gentler days Wishing for understanding of our caregiver ways Wishing for support to arrive at our doors Wishing for respect for our caregiving chores Wishing for caregivers to not be neglected more

Dec 27, 2017 4:08 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

As we say goodbye to the joys and the challenges of 2017, I would like to share with you a few things I have learned and in which I truly believe: more

Dec 21, 2017 8:44 AM Editor's Pen

This holiday season can also be a time to be a loving (but slightly nosey) detective. If you are traveling to visit your loved ones who may be in need of care, the holidays afford an ideal time to assess any changes in their health and well-being. more

Dec 13, 2017 8:40 AM Editor's Pen

This holiday season can also be a time to be a loving (but slightly nosey) detective. If you are traveling to visit your loved ones who may be in need of care, the holidays afford an ideal time to assess any changes in their health and well-being. more

Dec 5, 2017 1:34 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

Believe it or not we have just entered the holiday zone and these joyous season preparations can be somewhat (or much) more complicated once we become caregivers. more

Nov 27, 2017 3:01 PM Editor's Pen

This holiday season can also be a time to be a loving (but slightly nosey) detective. If you are traveling to visit your loved ones who may be in need of care, the holidays afford an ideal time to assess any changes in their health and well-being. more

Nov 13, 2017 2:52 PM Editor's Pen

Let the in-laws share in the cooking details, let your sister have dinner at her place, heck, even order in or go out to a restaurant. Here is a list of principals to ensure a guilt-free holiday. more

Nov 7, 2017 1:11 PM Editor's Pen

Gramp was an extraordinarily brave and hard-working man. In 1925, he jumped ship in Baltimore Harbor off a Russian freighter to which he was consigned at the age of 17. more

Oct 31, 2017 4:57 PM Editor's Pen

My grandfather went back to work at the tender age of 88, and it saved his life. No, it was not a fifth career for this energetic octogenarian, who had been a painting contractor, Seabee in WWII, home builder and artist. Gramp’s new job was actually more

Oct 31, 2017 4:56 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

Sung to The Addams Family theme music They creep around your house, Ask questions of your spouse, All your plans up they will louse, Your Visiting Family. more

Oct 25, 2017 9:11 AM Editor's Pen

In a recent telephone call with a friend halfway around the world, the true nature of caregiving became yet a little bit clearer to me. more

Oct 18, 2017 10:22 AM Editor's Pen

Caregiver Jujitsu - / kair-giv-er ju•jit•su / –a method developed to help caregivers take advantage of important resources by turning their negative responses into positive action. more

Oct 10, 2017 2:58 PM Editor's Pen

This week marked the 26th anniversary of my dad’s passing. Although, I would always rather celebrate a loved one’s birthday than the day they passed away, this anniversary allows me an opportunity to talk of something that I have never discussed more

Oct 4, 2017 3:27 PM Editor's Pen 2 Comments

After eight years of taking care of both parents by herself, Mary had a stroke. The stroke affected her mobility and leg strength, but most importantly to Mary, it meant her caregiving days were over. more

Sep 26, 2017 12:16 PM Editor's Pen

A few short weeks ago, we in Southeastern Florida held our collective breath as Hurricane Harvey raced towards the gulf coast smashing into Southeast Texas, flooding Houston and its surroundings. more

Sep 19, 2017 2:40 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, there are two definitions for the word cur•mudg•eon. The first one being: An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions. more

Sep 12, 2017 2:00 AM Editor's Pen 6 Comments

Our condolences to those who lost loved ones in the hurricane and flooding in Southeast Texas and beyond.  The days after any storm are when so many lives are lost, so I ask our friends in the affected areas to remain vigilant and safe. more

Sep 4, 2017 12:12 PM Editor's Pen

This week we commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Hurricane Andrew and the twelfth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Both storms brought unimaginable destruction upon so many of our friends and family members. more

Aug 29, 2017 12:06 PM Editor's Pen 2 Comments