Help for new caregivers

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time.” — Dietrich Bonhoeffer Until my mother was officially diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2009, I wasn’t sure how to deal with her changing behavior. And I didn’t know where to turn, at first, to get the help we’d both need […]

Vacation from Facebook

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.”  ~Henry David Thoreau To my Facebook friends: I’ve temporarily deactivated my […]

Prime magazine

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.”  ~Muriel Spark A supplement to The Detroit News and Free Press, Michigan Prime (formerly Michigan Senior Living) has a new title and design. I’ve been writing a personal column for the magazine since June of last year, fulfilling […]

Birthday blues

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”  ~Chili Davis Doug and I just returned from a long birthday weekend in St. Joe. To be perfectly honest, my birthday (Saturday) felt a bit sad this time around, as if someone had let the air out of all the party balloons. I suspect my blue mood […]

Photo memories of Mom

All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget.   ~John Berger Sometimes I have to rely on the lens of memory to see her as the true beauty she once was. Waiting for the occupational therapist to arrive, my widowed mother is slumped in a chair in her new assisted living apartment. Her […]

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