Dementia and the Holidays

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5 Strategies for Surviving the Holidays Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia can be quite a struggle on a daily basis. But add the busyness and activities of the holidays and many caregivers find themselves at their breaking point. The change in routine and added visitors can be very stressful on someone with … Read More

When it’s time to say goodbye

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Time to say goodbye

Six months ago today was the last time I spoke to my mother. She died peacefully in her sleep early the next morning. I didn’t write much about her in my previous blogs mostly because she was such a private person and her story was not mine to tell. But also because, from a family caregiving perspective, I had it … Read More

From Wedding Bells to Boot Camp – what a year it has been!

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wedding bells to bootcamp

Hello Sojourners Wondering where I’ve been? It has been quite an exciting year The past 10 months have been quite busy for me, filled with big changes and new beginnings. So much has changed over the past few months it is hard to believe it all was possible. It all started back in February when I suddenly needed to restructure my … Read More

What to do when your siblings disagree?

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What to do when your siblings disagree?

“My brother is visiting and he thinks Mom is just fine! And to make matters worse Mom seems to fool him that she is just fine! What do I do?”  Peggy, North Carolina This is a common frustration shared by so many family caregivers. When the siblings or adult children who are at a distance don’t quite see the situation … Read More