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New Year’s Resolutions

January 1 often signals a new beginning—a time to ask ourselves what we will change in the New Year. Some of us decide we are going to lose weight, exercise more, or stop smoking. Health related resolutions are almost always at the top of our resolution lists. Most caregivers are probably not pondering their New [...]

You’re in the Donut Hole

As a young child, I remember my dad going to the local donut shop and bringing home delicious treats for our Saturday morning family breakfast. Thinking back, I remember the wonderful glazed donuts, the nut covered donuts, and the donuts with cream filling. But I don’t ever remember getting donut holes, which are frequently found [...]

Helping Your Family Member with Dementia

About 12 years ago, as my father was being diagnosed with cancer, my mother started to have some memory problems. At first, I thought it was related to the stress of caring for my dad. He told me she would come into his room at night to check on him and even though he told [...]

The Cost of Being a Caregiver

In 2013, my mother fell in her kitchen and broke her right hip. After returning home, she required extra in-home care. We hired a live-in caregiver during this initial phase of recovery and eventually settled into a schedule of hiring someone at an affordable cost to care for her for three hours per day during [...]