Friendships can become invaluable

I always have been a bit of a loner who had a few good friends and lots of acquaintances. I have enjoyed having friends and definitely have valued them. I also probably took them for granted. I guess that’s what you do when you are young. Well, as you can...

Preventing Caregiver Burnout

In a recent column, I discussed the stages of caregiver burnout to help us recognize if we experience these feelings. Caregiver burnout is very common, and we need to pay attention to where we are so we can try to prevent the next more serious stage of caregiver...

Can we find any humor in what we do?

The correct answer is – we had better!! Good humor is the health of the soul, and it certainly can make our lives more enjoyable. It’s sometimes hard to find things to laugh about in caregiving, isn’t it, especially if our loved one has advanced disease or...

Hospitalization and Parkinson’s disease

Stan had back surgery – a ‘laminectomy’ to relieve the extreme pain he had been having in his hip and leg. The pain had prevented him from walking at all for several months, so we decided it was time to do something about it. Our neurologist and internist...

Are you still trying to develop a positive attitude?

Last month we began a discussion about how important having a positive attitude is to being a good caregiver – and feeling good about yourself. Remember, life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. That may be a hard concept to...
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