Looking for Care: Deciding Between Hiring Privately vs. an Agency

Published: August 3, 2022

Rebecca is a full-time working mother of 3 teens. Trying to juggle it all, Rebecca is traveling three hours, one way, to assist her aging parents who adamantly want to remain in their home. However, she is exhausted. Rebecca feels that she is under performing at work and is not fully present with her children.… Read More

The Quandary of Family Heirlooms

Published: April 18, 2022

As an only child, I grew up among an adult population. Now, I am a member of the “Baby Boomer” generation. My grandfathers died before I was born, my paternal grandmother I did not know well, and my maternal grandmother was loving during her short life. I was able to meet my maternal great-grandparents, but… Read More

Food and the Inflammation Process

Published: February 23, 2022

Betty Lynn was diagnosed with arthritis ten years ago. She didn’t believe in diets, and ate pretty much whatever she felt like. Betty enjoyed cereal with sugar, the Sunday doughnut after church, Chinese food on Friday nights and even the occasional frozen pizza. Betty wasn’t overweight, and by first glance she appeared to be in… Read More

Help! My Mom is Afraid of the Shower!

Published: January 15, 2022

Donna and her husband David live independently in their own home. Two years ago, Donna was diagnosed with dementia. David became her primary caregiver; however, as her condition progressed, he needed help. He was no longer able to assist his wife with bathing, as she would become agitated and downright angry when he tried to… Read More

Is the Government Helping You?

Published: April 27, 2021

Isn’t it interesting when you hear an older person strongly say, “I think the government needs to mind their own business and leave us alone. We don’t need them.”  My inside voice says, “Wait a minute.  Looking at you, I would bet you are receiving some type of government assistance. It’s the government that put… Read More

Do You Have a Secret You’ve Forgotten About?

Published: March 11, 2021

I’ve been thinking about the future.  “Funny,” you may think, “when I’m sure she’s well over 65.”  You’re right but there are days when I wonder how I’ll age.  I feel fortunate that I can do what I’m able, but certainly recognize (although very reluctantly) that there are limitations on my abilities.  So… it only… Read More

Bridging the Generation Gap

Published: February 17, 2021

As parents, we feel the pressure of when to allow our children to have cell phones and if/when they can have access to social media. Having 2 girls, let me tell you….the struggle is real and I eventually caved under the pressure. So, now that some of our children have these tools how can they… Read More

Cookies, Hugs and a New Year

Published: December 23, 2020

The cookies are long gone.  The hugs are sadly a thing of the past too. A New Year is upon us and I, for one, am hopeful. First, the cookies. Long a tradition children and then grandchildren would take a day or two to come to Grandma’s house to make and bake holiday cookies. Recipes… Read More

At What Point Do I Start?

Published: October 2, 2020

So here it is over 6 months since we have been living with COVID-19 – the pandemic.  Lives have changed forever.  But while I write this, life does go on in some fashion as before.  Basic needs are met one way or another and we try to look forward to better days.  In the meantime… Read More