A stolen childhood

A stolen childhood

I know I'm not supposed to feel guilty, but I do. When we were told that the baby I'm carrying would have severe disabilities, we knew abortion was an option but didn't seriously consider it. This was our baby, no matter what. But that choice won't just affect my...

When is enough, enough?

When is enough, enough?

I walked in the door at 7:30 tonight after being out since 8:15 this morning. My day consisted of working with kindergarteners for 7 hours, picking my daughter up from track practice, driving 40 minutes to her voice lesson and 40 minutes home, and a stop for Chinese...

Caregiver frustration

Caregiver frustration

No matter how rewarding caregiving can be or how much we love the person we're caring for, caregiving is frustrating. Frustration just comes with the package. We're human and caregiving inevitably involves situations and tasks that are inherently frustrating. So many...

Filial piety and the rural/urban divide

Filial piety and the rural/urban divide

Caring for the older generation Qi Jianguang feeds his father Qi Wenjiang at the farmhouse he rented near the construction site where he works.Du Huaju / Xinhua Son honored for looking after his partially paralyzed father For many young Chinese living in the country's...

Up, up, and away…

Up, up, and away…

Up. Up and away… not in a balloon, though that would be fun, but in a chair lift scaling a precipitous mountain in the French Alps. Lake Benit lay hidden in a crater out of reach to David and me. We’d called ahead to find out if the chair lift would take somebody so...

Loneliness

I believe that one of life's greatest tragedies, now, and perhaps from the beginning of time is, loneliness. I doubt that there are many people that can say they haven't been lonely at some point in their life. Sometimes we're simply victims of circumstance,...

Up, up, and away…

Up. Up and away… not in a balloon, though that would be fun, but in a chair lift scaling a precipitous mountain in the French Alps. Lake Benit lay hidden in a crater out of reach to David and me. We’d called ahead to find out if the chair lift would take somebody so...

Can I get paid to be a family caregiver?

It’s a question I’m asked all the time by family caregivers: Can I get paid to be a family caregiver? It’s usually accompanied by qualifiers: I’m not trying to be greedy, but I had to quit my job to take care of my mom. My husband isn’t comfortable having a stranger...

Don’t underestimate the power of caregivers

The first session at the Aging in America conference that I attended last week was titled, "Is family caregiving the next public health crisis?" I'm sure all of you can guess what the answer was: a resounding yes. After attending this year's conference in Chicago, I...

How Can Young Caregivers Self-Advocate?

In the United States, there are an estimated 1.4 million caregiving youth (children under the age of 18), and nearly 10 million Millennial caregivers (aged 18-34 years old). Of the millions of young caregivers, I believe every single one is an advocate. Advocacy means...

It’s Normal for Things to be Shitty

Once upon a time I thought that tragedy only happened to people on TV. I think many of us millennials were taught to think that nothing bad could happen to us. We were normal, we all won awards, we were protected from the world. It was all butterflies and rainbows. I...

Mother’s Day activities for active seniors

Some of us care for a mom who isn't able to participate in a big celebration, but other seniors are able to get out and active with some accommodations and planning. Family caregivers looking after their moms can make Mother’s Day extra special. After all, these women...

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Tembi knew she'd lose her husband to his career as a chef. She didn't expect to lose him to cancer.

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