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...

Are You Ever Afraid?

I know fear must be a common component of caregiving. There are so many unknowns that we face in dealing with a chronic disease. We don’t know what the future holds for our loved one and ourselves, nor do we know how things will be in one year, five years, or at...

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...

The Parkinson’s way

“There are moments when everything goes well. Don’t be frightened. It won’t last.” That’s where I am right now. Everything is stable and going pretty well. Stan’s medications are managing the Parkinson’s well, and the addition...