I have had some interesting experiences in my years speaking about Alzheimer’s and other forms of cognitive change. One thing that has surprised me is that the articles written about me—or those that quote me—can generate a very strong and negative response from some readers.
I HATE aging for many reasons: The more time that goes by, the more people I love die; newly surfaced physical changes continue to impact my independence; and the bottoms of my feet are drying up like my grandmother’s soles used to be. I LOVE growing
I recently faced the massive task of closing an office and relocating my consulting and writing business to a much smaller location. There were stacks of books and files, office supplies, furniture, and intricate electronics to move and re-connect, and I kept my fingers crossed
In my blog, Caught off Guard? Suddenly You’re a Caregiver: 5 Things To Do Right Now, you learned that you will be making decisions under a great deal of pressure and with limited knowledge of guaranteed outcomes. That’s normal and scary. What’s right? What’s wrong? In
Out of nowhere comes an emergency phone call: Come quick. Mom fell. Now you are the one who is thrown off balance. Unquestionably the emotional climate surrounding an eldercare emergency is highly charged. Right? You are the suddenly appointed family caregiver. Your game plan in an
When I walked into parents apartment, she was sitting on the sofa with a bag of ice on her arm. She stopped me dead in my tracks, and said, “Aren’t you going to feel sorry for me?” I quickly tried to process the situation in
We all know death will win in the end. Yet, talking about death rarely happens. “The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But the enemy has superior forces.
Most of the time when I speak to my friends, family or colleagues and ask them how they are doing, there is a standard and quick “Good, thanks.” But when we take a moment to really talk about life, I hear about the challenges of