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NEW article: “Ten tips for caregivers”

“Caregiving is a marathon and not a sprint. Equipping yourself for the long haul is essential. You shouldn’t walk the caregiving journey alone.” ~ Lisa Mayfield 

Doug and I could share dozens of sad stories about losing a parent to a progressive memory loss disease. While his father and my mother each struggled with a different type of dementia, we know how painful it can be to face changes in your relationship with a beloved elderly parent — and to make difficult lifestyle decisions on their behalf. 

Ever since my mom died, it’s been one of my missions to share my caregiving experiences — things I learned the hard way — in the hope that those experiences will help someone else on this path. My new article in The Oakland Press offers a few caregiving tips and suggestions for readers whose parents are newly diagnosed with a memory loss disease. These are just a few of the lessons I wish someone had shared with me early on. 

You can read the feature story online here. It also appears in the April print issue of Vitality magazine. ~Cindy La Ferle 

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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