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This week has taken me on a journey I never wanted to take. For the first time, my mother does not know me. more

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She is standing at the kitchen sink ready for church: flowered skirt, knit top, matching blouse, stockings, comfortable shoes, makeup. It must have taken her a good three hours, but she is ready to go. more

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My mother, who moved from her longtime hometown about 200 miles away and into an assisted living, needed to be closer to me. more

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“I had a dream last night about water,” my mother says as we dice cantaloupe and brew our morning coffee. “I woke up with wet sheets.” more

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Caregivers provide care in a wide variety of situations. Caregiving can be a very difficult task to accomplish, especially when it involves caring for an elderly parent. more

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I was ten years old when I was finally diagnosed with CMT. It had been years of misdiagnosis that finally led my parents to an orthopedic surgeon who diagnosed me with this disorder. more

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As a wife, I had a suspicion that there was something awfully wrong with my husband. more

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Caregiving can begin with a moment’s notice, as Beth discovered. Her elderly mother, widowed and living independently in the Midwest, had suffered a disabling stroke. more

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I am one among millions of statistically likely only-child caregivers working on my own to provide care within the caregiving community. more

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Alzheimer’s disease came into my life in January of 2001, and at the time, it seemed like the lesser of two evils. more

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In the middle of a raging snowstorm that had sleet adding misery to the weather conditions, I suddenly developed a severe case of cellulitis in my leg and had spiked a high fever. more

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She was “Midwest born” and raised, and never felt quite at home in this upscale town, saturated with sleek German cars and Botox. more

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At the age of 56, my husband of 25 years was diagnosed with end-stage emphysema. more

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When I think of the ideal caregiver, I immediately think of my grandmother. more

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To be entrusted with the care of another human being is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on you more

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I’ve learned many things since I began taking care of my 85-year-old grandmother three years ago. I’ve learned many things since I began taking care of my 85-year-old grandmother three years ago. more

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I hadn’t seen Vera for years.  Now I see her just about every time Carolyn and I drive back to see Carolyn’s mother, Beth. I hadn’t seen Vera for years. Now I see her just about every time Carolyn and I drive back to see Carolyn’s mother, Beth. more

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Caregiving in America is in great demand, from adult foster home owners offering familiar surroundings, to assisted living center staff patrolling hallways to answer assist request buzzers and lights. more

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While my husband David did not die from his cancer, his diagnosis did introduce the stark reality of what could happen. more

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“Doctor, are you sure?” I questioned.“We’re never sure, but all indications point to Alzheimer’s as your mom’s diagnosis. more

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Let me first clue-in the reader to the fact that I’m an only child - or I was prior to losing my father and my mother.. I no longer am a daughter to anyone. more

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