My Life: Colleen R

What's your life really like? Really, day to day, nothing to write home about. I am blessed that my husband requires only a small amount of care during the day and my job is close by. So I can run home at lunch and feed/toilet him if necessary. Then back to work,...

Lessons in caregiving

Evelyn Corsini and her family allowed photographer Francine Orr to document the final months of her life, to observe caregiving. Orr's interest was journalistic but also personal: As the caregiver for her father, she had been living the story herself for more than a...

When does the glad start?

How many times i risked leaving mom alone ...she was still capable of walking and her dementia was still not that bad... To get an hour away at the local coffee house located in Silicon Valley's Mountain View. I remember being in coffee houses trying to strike up a...

My Life: Jerry S

What keeps me going, and it is the hardest task I have ever had, is knowing that true love is rare. Deb and I met in 1984 when she was 28 and I was 33. We married a few months later. We had both had prior marriages and were blending families of 2 kids each. We knew it...

Guilt vs. Grace

In the face of overwhelming odds, we put ourselves in an often impossible situation, and keep doing it armed with little else than love—while spending blood, sweat, and treasure. I wouldn't hang around somebody who treats me the way I treat myself, and I’ll bet you...

This is why you can’t catch up on lost sleep

After a long week of barely any rest, it’s tempting to want to stay in bed all weekend, but is it possible to catch up on hours of missed sleep? Unfortunately, most research and experts say no. Sleep debt, like credit card debt, is a real thing, except with sleep, you...

My life: Catherine F

What's your life really like? So many caregivers are out there feeling like no one understands what they're going through...but we suspect quite a few of you are going through similar things. February 3rd marked a year since my husband passed away. Life has been very...

Laughing Until You Die

Humor May Be Antidote For Pain Of Death For Patients, Survivors Just weeks before Christmas some years ago, Shirley Rapp and her family faced the devastating news that she had what appeared to be a terminal illness. But that didn’t stop Rapp from wanting to do one...

The ‘Troops’ Who Support Our Troops

In 1983, a ground-breaking white paper by then-Chief of Staff of the Army General John A. Wickham Jr. on the importance of increasing support to the Army family put into motion the Army Family Action Plan, or AFAP. General Wickham asserted that a healthy family...

What Hospitals Waste

ProPublica Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comment Donate What Hospitals Waste The nation’s health care tab is sky-high. We’re tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away. by Marshall Allen, ProPublica Photos...

Facing the unknown, with hope

My son was born two years ago. Nothing pains me more than knowing he will never know my mom for the person she was my entire life. That someday she may not know who he is at all, when one of her biggest dreams was for a grandchild, is a terrifying and unsettling...

My life: Carol M

What is it really like to be me... As a 66 year old looking after my 90 year old dad...it is not nice to be me right now, sadly. The year my hubby retired we had such excitement to start our travels and new journey. We got one trip in and came back to the news that...

How life insurance can pay for long-term care

Even as aging Americans revel in the splendor of their well-earned retirements they still harbor plenty of worries, such as outliving their savings. Near the top of the worry list is the fear their health will deteriorate so much they’ll be forced to seek long-term...

Death Doesn’t Have To Be So Scary

Since he watched his mother drop dead, Richard Bridgman’s fear of death has left him emotionally paralyzed. It was right around Thanksgiving — nearly 45 years ago — and Bridgman was sleeping overnight on his mom’s living room couch. “In the middle of the night, she...

The End of Regret

Unfortunately for many of us, the pain of losing somebody we love, or people we have had a mixed relationship with, can be made worse by the presence of regrets. Mourners can be left struggling with thoughts like, “What could I have done differently?” “I wish I had...

Too many notifications?

Our private Facebook groups are pretty active, so you might find they take over your Facebook news feed. Don't worry, there's an easy solution. Find a post from the group that's taking over your news feed and click on the little triangle in the upper right corner to...

My life: Theresa L

What's caregiving really like for me? Well it changes from day to day and hour to hour sometimes. I've been married 56 years to Rick on March 16th. He has many health issues... stoke, open heart surgeries, infections, etc. He is homebound right now. Sometimes I feel...

Looking back at 95 years of eldercare

Things have changed a lot in the US during my grandmother's lifetime. My grandmother retired before I was born. Usually the people I remember as having been "old" during my childhood turn out to have been slightly older than I am now. Not so with my last remaining...

Let’s Stay Connected

Our lives are so busy these days; we’re cooking, cleaning, taking care of the kids, planning parties, and working. Not to mention all the time we are spending at the gym. With our fast pace lives, this leaves little time for family. How many times have we seen someone...

The Caregiver Badge of Honor

As I continue to process what it means to be a caregiver and meet countless others who share similar experiences, I can’t help but see a badge of honor adorned on their chest. No, it is not a medal bestowed to us by other mortals, but a badge bestowed from a higher...

All caregivers deserve support

I've been watching our Facebook page get taken over by a bunch of school yard bullies over the past few months. It's a pretty confusing thing to see for a support group. Living in Florida, I've gotten an up close and personal view of Trump lighting people up. It's...

Psychosis in Parkinson’s

Now we can treat it without making other symptoms worse Half of people with Parkinson’s disease experience hallucinations, paranoia and delusions. Mary O’Hara reports on a new hope. One night without warning, Jay Sagen leapt from his bed and grabbed the quilt, then...