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

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

What do your aging parents need?

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And how do you know? Family caregivers struggle with knowing when to step in to help and when to leave well enough alone. But how do you know what to do and when? Maybe your 80-year-old mother is fine living alone right now with just some occasional assistance. But what additional help could she use now and what do you … Read More

Three Levels of a Family Caregiver

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I’m an Overseer – what level are you? Many of you are finding yourself in the role of caregiver and are feeling lost and overwhelmed. In my previous post I introduced the 6 essential steps helpful to make family care giving a little easier.  Understanding what your job is as caregiver is an essential first step. Not all caregivers are … Read More