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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

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

Aug 25, 2017 12:44 PM Editor's Pen

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 2 Comments

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