In our ongoing exploration of the Fearless Caregiver Manifesto, let me first explain why this is so very important. If we are truly to consider ourselves an integral part of our loved one's care team, then we must have our own laws to live by. more

Aug 22, 2017 4:00 PM Editor's Pen

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

Aug 9, 2017 4:36 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

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

Aug 2, 2017 6:00 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

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

Aug 1, 2017 3:25 PM Editor's Pen 2 Comments

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

Jul 26, 2017 11:30 AM Editor's Pen 2 Comments

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

Jul 19, 2017 6:00 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

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

Jul 16, 2017 12:49 PM Editor's Pen

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

Jul 12, 2017 1:44 PM Editor's Pen 2 Comments

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

Jul 10, 2017 5:28 PM Editor's Pen 3 Comments

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

Jul 5, 2017 11:56 AM Editor's Pen

Twenty two years ago this week on a rainy Fourth of July weekend, I drove a rental truck to a local magazine printer's warehouse to pick up copies of the first issue of Today's Caregiver magazine. more

Jul 3, 2017 10:00 AM Editor's Pen

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

Jun 28, 2017 5:14 PM Editor's Pen

After a brief time with my feet firmly planted on good ole’ Mother Earth, I am finding myself flying the friendly (!?) skies more often these days. That is the bad news, the good news is what awaits me when I land. more

Jun 21, 2017 1:30 AM Editor's Pen

A growing concern for family caregivers is the possibility of a loved one’s accidental overdose. This is an issue I hear about with alarming frequency as we travel the country on our Fearless Caregiver Conference tour. more

Jun 14, 2017 12:28 PM Editor's Pen

Twenty-two years ago, the doors of our very first online home were flung open into the wild new frontier of the World Wide Web. This was all uncharted territory, as was one of the very first 100,000 websites ever launched. more

Jun 7, 2017 2:19 PM Editor's Pen

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. more

May 31, 2017 12:33 PM Editor's Pen

I am inclined to talk about something that many who are not family caregivers do not understand—caregiver humor. more

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Play is serious work.  We work hard to make sure our kids have the right play toys to help them learn skills that match their age and abilities. These include hand-eye coordination games more

May 25, 2017 2:09 PM Editor's Pen 1 Comments

Last week was the celebration of National Etiquette Week. Darn, I really wish I had known about it so I could have been more aware of how much kinder people were to one another. more

May 16, 2017 12:15 PM Editor's Pen

This week holds a few personal milestones for me. Yesterday was my 61st birthday and today you are reading our 1,000th caregiver newsletter (or do I have those numbers backwards?!). more

May 9, 2017 3:16 PM Editor's Pen