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

Cover of book

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?

Creativity Is Like Chocolate for the Brain

Caregiver Chronicles

Creativity is a lifeline for me. Does having a creative mind help you avoid Alzheimer’s? Some research has shown that musicians’ brains are more resilient because of the additional neural networks formed while learning their craft. Are there other art forms that may provide this same resilience for those who are not musically inclined? Thankfully, […]

My Caregiving Journey

Caregiver Chronicles

Regular listeners know a lot about my caregiving journey, but maybe you’re new here. Even if you’re not new, there are stories I probably haven’t discussed much on the podcast. Coupled with what you’ve already heard, there’s a lot I rarely shared. I have kept many of the stories relatively basic for fear that I […]

Cruising Through Caregiving

Caregiver Chronicles

In the first place, is it even possible to find a way to achieve cruising through caregiving? We all know that being a family caregiver is no vacation. Together with my guest on this podcast episode, we talk about reducing the challenges we face, even if only slightly.