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Stroke Awareness and Caregiving

Stroke Awareness and Caregiving

May is National Stoke Awareness Month. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and one of the leading causes of adult onset of …

5 Caregiving Lessons I Learned From My Mother

5 Caregiving Lessons I Learned From My Mother

I am back from a 4 month leave-of-absence for caregiving. I left when my 94 year old mother fell in January and broke her hip. I thought she would, …

Autism, Behind the Scenes: The Unacknowledged Parties

Autism, Behind the Scenes: The Unacknowledged Parties

Have I ever told you how much I love April? A whole 30 days dedicated to the Autism Spectrum Disorder does not get any better than that! While each …

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child & Maintaining Your Relationship

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child & Maintaining Your Relationship

You will always remember the moments before you learned – squeezing your partner's hand, fervently praying, scared beyond words, waiting for the …

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Is Your Aging Parent’s Behavior Changing?

Is Your Aging Parent’s Behavior Changing?

Last March I wrote an article for FamilyAffaires.com entitled “Parenting Your Parent; Unnatural but Sometimes Necessary” I speak to community groups regularly to help advance Alzheimer’s awareness and lend …

7 Tips to Effective Communication for Caregiving Families

7 Tips to Effective Communication for Caregiving Families

To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. – Tony Robbins One of the biggest …

Please Visit My Father, Even Though He Has Dementia

Please Visit My Father, Even Though He Has Dementia

A Daughter's Plea My Dad has had dementia for the past 15 years but in the past 2 years his dementia has progressed significantly. Up until 3 years ago my Mom was still able to take him out socializing with friends. …

Family Caregivers are Finally Becoming Visible

Family Caregivers are Finally Becoming Visible

Sort of... In early December, the US Senate passed a bipartisan bill co-sponsored by Wisconsin’s senator, Tammy Baldwin (D), and Maine’s senator, Susan Collins (R). This is a real step forward in recognizing the …

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For Mothers Day:   Beyond flowers, cards, and going out to eat

For Mothers Day: Beyond flowers, cards, and going out to eat

Setting aside a day to honor mothers has ancient roots, but true gratitude requires expression .  A mother’s love is boundless, and this is a time to reflect on the sweetest memories of our mothers and grandmothers. …

5 Caregiving Lessons I Learned From My Mother

5 Caregiving Lessons I Learned From My Mother

I am back from a 4 month leave-of-absence for caregiving. I left when my 94 year old mother fell in January and broke her hip. I thought she would, as usual, beat the odds and recover, but she did not. Here is some of …

Autism, Behind the Scenes: The Unacknowledged Parties

Autism, Behind the Scenes: The Unacknowledged Parties

Have I ever told you how much I love April? A whole 30 days dedicated to the Autism Spectrum Disorder does not get any better than that! While each year interventional and educational therapies get the most attention, …

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child & Maintaining Your Relationship

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child & Maintaining Your Relationship

You will always remember the moments before you learned – squeezing your partner's hand, fervently praying, scared beyond words, waiting for the doctor's dreaded diagnosis.  Your child, your baby, has a chronic …

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