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Present Moment: A Continued Conversation

Friday November 27, 2015

At one point during the HOPE Conference several fellow PWPs asked me to blog about the presentation by Gary Vallat, his spouse Rubye and their daughter Aimie. ...In his poem, “Going Public,” Gary acknowledges that doing what he is doing, pre-senting at conferences or support groups, making the personal - public, is not an easy task. But it is a valuable one. It builds and integrates us to community. It helps us heal.

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Summer Travel

Friday July 24, 2015

If your PD loved one has dementia or even just mild cognitive impairment, travel can be stressful. Travel is possible. Here are a few of the ways to make it easier.

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Pressure Sores

Friday June 26, 2015

Pressure sores are no small thing when they are left undiscovered and untreated. However, pressure sores can be prevented from happening and treatments are available under various conditions.

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Caring for a Spouse Living with PD

Tuesday June 23, 2015

It was interesting to hear that when folks spoke about the act of caring for a loved one, they had a language preference. Some emphasize the descriptor “caregiving” while others spoke of “carepartnering.”

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Doctor's Visits

Friday May 29, 2015

A caregiver's life includes many doctor's visits. There's the primary of course, then there are all the specialists. In the past, this blog has discussed how to choose a doctor. This blog is about how to get the most out of each doctor’s visit.

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Choosing a shared burden

Friday May 22, 2015

Those who volunteer and hang in as caregivers in spite of all that is plainly coming should be studied, celebrated and sung. In our haphazard world, such people are the gossamer threads by which any of us, at any time, may come to hang.

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Finding Time for Caregiver Care

Tuesday April 28, 2015

When taking care of your loved one is a full time job, how do you take care of the caregiver?

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Caregiving, the Next Level

Friday March 06, 2015

It is common knowledge that patients in care facilities who have a family member involved do much better than those who don’t. If you have a loved one in a care facility, here are some of your many tasks.

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Caregiver Burnout - Write it Down!

Monday September 15, 2014

Caregiver burnout is caused by emotional and physical stress that is associated with the toll caregiving can place on finances, social engagement and physical health. In this blog, we will explore simple things you can do to reduce the effect of caregiver strain on you.

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Coming Out of the Caregiving Closet

Thursday March 06, 2014

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers." - Rosalynn Carter

Today, the Washington Post came out with a special report on family caregiving in the United States. While reading the article, I couldn’t help but think about the Caregiving in America Conference I attended on February 19th in Seattle. Hosted by AARP and Washington Post Live, the conference featured an illustrious set of presenters, from TV personality Rick Steves of PBS, to the state of Washington’s First Lady Trudi Inslee, to aging expert Nancy Hooyman. More than my admiration of the speakers, I was struck by one fact in particular: 1 in 5 people in the United States is caregiving for family members, and 1 in 4 of these haven't told anyone.

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