Knowledge is a Caregivers Best Friend

Caregiver Chronicles

Lacking the knowledge of how to best care for someone with Alzheimer’s is common for most family caregivers. Each person is unique, and the disease affects them in their own ways. The differences in how each person reacts to their condition make it more challenging to get solid advice from other caregivers.

Anxiety Over The End-Of-Life Process

The end of life isn’t something most of us want to discuss or think about most of the time. We don’t want to talk about dying either. The end of life and the transition leading up to it fill many people with unnecessary anxiety. It’s understandable to feel this way; we don’t want to say […]

Letting Go With Love

Caregiver Chronicles

How can we manage “letting go with love” when our society views death as a failure? Dying is a process we will all go through, and it is a very personal experience. Understanding how to support someone with dementia on this last journey is essential. It is difficult for us, but it is necessary. Understanding […]

Paperwork Isn’t Sexy (But It’s Important)

Caregiver Chronicles

Paperwork isn’t sexy, In the eighties, promises of four day work weeks and paperless offices were made thanks to the desktop computer. This promise has never happened, and despite cloud storage, paperwork is an endless chore we must all endure. As caregivers, the endless piles of paperwork are one more tedious task that we must […]

Smiling Through Your Tears (Anticipatory Grief)

Harriet Hodgson

Is it normal to feel grief for someone when they’re still alive? We may not realize that’s what we’re feeling. Many people assume it’s a form of depression and treat it as such. What we’re feeling is actually called anticipatory grief. Millions of people deal with this feeling every day. It’s not unique to those caring […]

A Musical, Emotional Memoir on Caregiving (Caregiver Carols)

Caregiver Chronicles

Caregiver Carols A Musical Emotional Memoir is a book with a unique twist. It focuses on dealing with the emotional aspects of caregiving. In this episode, my guest is Don Wendorf, who, like most of us, tackled caregiving, knowing he could continue his psychiatry practice, manage his care team, and do it all perfectly. We […]

More Caring for The Caregiver

Caregiver Chronicles

As a new caregiver or one who has been caregiving for a while, you’re going to hear how important it is to take care of yourself. Take care of yourself first. I’m sure, like most people, you think, “yeah, right! When am I supposed to do that?”

End-Of-Life Considerations

End-of-life considerations can be hard, but necessary.  My friend’s dad died today. He was 89, and he had contracted the Coronavirus. Before that, he had several other chronic health issues. He had also been a widower for almost four years. These details needed consideration as the family decided on a course of action. Dad had […]

Allowing for A Natural Death – Alzheimer’s Living Will

Caregiver Chronicles

We never know when it’s our time for death. In just over four years, or 2025, the first of over 77 million baby boomers will turn 80. Our 8th decade is when frailty becomes common; memory loss affects 25% of us, and most will need help to get through the day. Dementia and other diseases […]

Visual Storytelling of Dementia

Caregiver Chronicles

Visual Storytelling can help make complex stories easier to understand. It can deliver more impactful messages. It can make stories as relevant for readers as possible. Why would someone choose to document visually such a difficult subject as dementia? There are as many answers to this as there are caregivers. For some, it’s a way […]