I was part of a thought leader think tank organized by the National Alliance for Caregiving about mental health resources for caregivers. They asked us to talk about existing resources, the barriers and challenges to offering these services, and strategies we might implement to improve access.
Most of you know that my Aunt Terri had emergency surgery. After initially doing well, she slid into the cascade of major complications common for older adults and became unresponsive. Aunt Terri is the heart of our family. Though it was painful, after two days, we asked the doctors to write a Do-Not-Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate
My favorite of all the photographs Dr. Brackette F. Williams submitted for my book, Dear Lauren, Love Mom: 31 Days of Affirmations for My Daughter, for Myself, and for YOU, partners with the affirmation, Seeking Excellence, Not Perfection. The left side shows an ocean wave reaching up and you can see fish and other ocean
In the last nine months, we have been through cataclysmic changes. We have lost loved ones, jobs, and lifestyles to COVID-19. The social upheaval that demands an end to systemic racism has left many of us angry and fearful. Some had to face challenges to their fundamental beliefs. Others have developed only guarded hope about
November is National Family Caregiver Month, celebrating the intrepid women and men who risk their health, finances, and relationships to give excellent eldercare. Research estimates the dollar value of caregivers’ efforts at $470 billion. Even so, they are unpaid and many put in a “second shift” before and/or after work. They are likely to live
My niece, Maia, gave me a coffee mug, and both the cup and the box were covered with images of hummingbirds. She knows I love the hummingbird. It’s my totem animal. My partner and I never thought we would see any hummingbirds because we live on the 4th floor. We were lucky that several of
The first affirmation in my new book, Dear Lauren, Love Mom: 31 Days of Affirmations for My Daughter, For Myself, and for YOU is” I Am Worth It, Just As I Am.” Another is “I Will Be Kind to Myself.” Give yourself the gifts of exercise and rest