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 […]
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 […]
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?”
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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.