Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

  Growing up, Marian Allen was bright and bubbly. She had a love for Elvis Presley, holding babies and traveling. She went out of her way to introduce herself to people, and was always a big fan of hugs. Marian has Down syndrome, and a few years ago, she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Her older sister Bunky is her long-distance caregiver. Bunky has lived … Continue reading Marian and Bunky: Caregiving across the miles

The Promise

By Mel Watson, Director, Time Together Adult Day Services, Island Senior Resources How many of us ever plan to be a family caregiver? Do we consider what we might do, if someone close to us needs help to do everyday things? It’s not something most of us think about until we are facing it, head on. Years ago, my mom made me promise never to … Continue reading The Promise

The grief and loss of reciprocity

by Reed Henry, MA, LMHC, gerontologist  I met with a man this morning that had recently experienced the agony of placing his dear sweet wife in a specialized memory care facility. Walter and Emma* have been married 62 wonderful years and he loves her with all of his heart. My last two encounters with him have centered on his unhappiness with the care she has … Continue reading The grief and loss of reciprocity

Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

Jonathan Prescott is the founder of Wise Caregiving, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people become effective, sustainable and empathetic caregivers. Jonathan’s career as a hospice, cancer-care and hospital Chaplain, along with his spiritual practice as an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, gives him a unique perspective on how to thrive within the helping professions. His trainings help people learn the arts of listening, … Continue reading Contemplative Caregiving: A Q&A with Jonathan Prescott

For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

By Cheri Whitlock On January 9, 1988, my husband Jim and I spoke traditional vows of better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health, till death do us part. In our 30 years, we have shared all the normal ups and downs of married life. We moved across the country and bought a home, we had a miscarriage and dealt with infertility, we shared … Continue reading For Better or for Worse: My Advocacy Story

Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

By Ramona Pitre-Collins My mother’s life My mother, Marie Elizabeth Blouin Pitre was born June 28, 1924 at her Market Street house in Opelousas, a small town in southern Louisiana. She was the seventh of nine children. Aunts and uncles talked about what a rambunctious household they were, full of good-natured conflicts, laughter, music and chatter that was often louder than the homes around them. … Continue reading Remembering a beautiful life: My advocacy story

A Grandpa and grandson holding Christmas Gifts

Tips for navigating the holidays when your loved one has dementia

The holiday season is upon us. For many people it is an exciting time of year, filled with parties, travel and family traditions. For a caregiver of a loved one with dementia, the holiday season can sometimes create feelings of anxiousness and unease if they are unsure how to navigate the challenges of caregiving combined with the stress of the holidays. While being a caregiver … Continue reading Tips for navigating the holidays when your loved one has dementia