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Between Caring for Self and Others

Between Caring for Self and Others

It used to madden me when a particular friend would renege on plans we had set. For no good reason, in my mind. Oh, there was work to do at home, or …

Helping Families in Denial About Dementia

Helping Families in Denial About Dementia

Three Real Examples that Worked You are the daughter or son who “gets it”. Not only is your parent – most likely your mom – experiencing …

Mother’s Day Thoughts from a British Mummy

Mother’s Day Thoughts from a British Mummy

What would you most want to write about if someone asked you to write something about Mother’s Day? Would it be about your gratitude or your …

Pack These Tools for a Journey to Change

Pack These Tools for a Journey to Change

When making a major life change it is best to begin from a position of strength. Self-compassion and awareness are two essential tools. Social …

Life Help

Divorce

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

You’ve Been Having Sex All Weekend!

This is only one of the accusations hurled at me by my teenage daughter in the early years of dating – my dating, that is. I “came out” and introduced someone to my kids after being separated from their father for …

Dealing with Shame and Rejection During Divorce

Dealing with Shame and Rejection During Divorce

Whether you proposed a divorce or were on the receiving end, or someplace in the middle, it is very likely that someone, if not many, may criticize you. This can be one of the most painful parts of divorce. When going …

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

The Devil in the Parenting Plan

Parents often try very hard in mediation to negotiate a fair parenting plan that acknowledges their children need both parents in their lives. But sometimes things go wrong in the execution. The devil in this case …

Navigating Life Amidst Uncertainty of Divorce

Navigating Life Amidst Uncertainty of Divorce

As a recently divorced mother of two, my life feels a bit disorienting. In going from “we” to “me,” I am realizing that not only has my relationship status changed, but so has every factor of my life: my living …

What NOT to Say to Your Divorcing Friends

What NOT to Say to Your Divorcing Friends

Seeing friends get divorced can be a disorienting experience, no matter what the circumstances. Suddenly, the unified couple you once knew becomes two individuals, often with different stories, perspectives and needs …

20 Useful Tips When Getting Divorced

20 Useful Tips When Getting Divorced

There are few, if any, who stand at the back of the church and think, “well, if it doesn’t work out, we’ll get divorced!” There is painstaking care taken with every detail of the wedding day from the dress, …

Health

Nutrition in Elder Care: Are Our Honored Elders Eating Well Enough?

Nutrition in Elder Care: Are Our Honored Elders Eating Well Enough?

It is not at all unusual to hear caretakers for the elderly mention that their patients are not eating enough, or are making very poor food choices. Unfortunately, we have this notion in America that as a person gets …

Talking to the Patient

Talking to the Patient

“Hey Doc! Talk to Me. I’m the Patient!” A few weeks ago, I accompanied my elderly friend Miriam to the hospital. She called me complaining of severe dizziness, nausea and feeling very unsteady. After …

Healthcare Uncertainty

Healthcare Uncertainty

Ever feel like you’re walking on eggshells, or feel like someone may rip the carpet right out from under your feet? Lots of times, right? Thousands of Americans are feeling that right now. With the recent polarizing …

Overlooked and Underestimated: The Importance of Senior Feet

Overlooked and Underestimated: The Importance of Senior Feet

Feet; we tend to not think about them – they are not particularly pretty, they are way opposite the body from the parts we tend to concern ourselves with, and they are largely just big hard knobs that we use to get …

After Holiday Blues

After Holiday Blues

The tree, the packages, the wrappings, the dishes that still need to be put away, and the people gone. Gone with them are the recent memories created. Gone with them, the times and the ghosts of those kept alive by the …

Living With A Partner Suffering From PTSD – How To Be Helpful?

Living With A Partner Suffering From PTSD – How To Be Helpful?

A person who suffers from PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder has a hard time trusting others, opening up about the incident and their feelings and even communicating. They usually struggle with a constant sense of …

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