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December 2009

A Fresh New Year is Approaching: Smudge It Early and You’ll Save Some Stress

With a shiny new 2010 approaching, my guess is that many of you have resolved to be better caregivers. You will get more education about your loved one's ailments. Good for you. You will be more patient. Great! Do try. You will attempt to not take your loved one's moods so personally, which will help everyone stay a little more even with their moods. Read more →

It's Christmas Whether We're Snowed in or Not

This brings to mind other Christmas times that were “imperfect.” We, as a family, had several elders die near Christmas. So those years, we planned funerals and Christmas all at once. Other years brought other problems. Life doesn’t stop happening because it was Christmas. Read more →

A Woman with Alzheimer’s Teaches Visitor about Expectations

She was neatly dressed, as I’d expected. However when I walked up to her and took her hand, apologizing for it being cold from my snowy drive, she looked me in the eye. She clearly and bluntly agreed with me when I said my hand was cold, but her comment contained obvious wit. Read more →

Whether at a Doctor Visit or a Family Gathering, Include Elders in Conversation

The adult children are all jabbering, trying to catch up on each other's lives. Sure, you are physically in the room with your parent. But there's a good chance that your mom is completely left out of the conversation. Read more →