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?”

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 […]

When Caregiving Calls & Demands Our Attention

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Caregiving doesn’t usually call; for most of us, caregiving demands our immediate attention. Can we be prepared when that call comes? We’re not a society that, in general, plans for or likes to discuss the end of our lives. However, with a little planning, conversation, and thoughtful consideration, we can help everyone when caregiving becomes […]

Keep Your Brain Smart

Caregiver Chronicles

Is there a way to keep our brain smart as we age?  Our brains continue to grow when we challenge them. What exactly should we be looking at in terms of strenuous brain exercise?