Caregivers need a break. If you’re like me, you can’t leave, so how can you take a vacation? My idea is to treat myself to a “staycation”. It doesn’t need to be long but we can take time for ourselves. It’s important for our wellbeing as much as for our “charges”. I take a break when our […]
The author is a retired RN, daughter, mom, wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys reading, writing, swimming, gardening, cooking and being a flock-master to her large, unruly group of (currently) twenty-two chickens. She never envisioned herself as a chicken farmer but as they say chicken numbers are fuzzy numbers. It's an addiction.
Be considerate. It’s basically how we show respect. It’s those things we learned in kindergarten–once again. It’s that, “Do unto others as you would have have them do unto you.” How well do I do on an day-to-day basis? The long official list from yesterday’s post for reference: Twelve forms of showing respect are: Care/service respect (providing […]
“A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.” —Abraham Joshua Heschel “Listen […]
It’s scary watching those you love slip away mentally. It has been a gradual process. I first noticed my mom “word searching”. She wanted to say something but couldn’t recall a name or any concrete words to anchor her sentence in a context. We tried to guess, but it only upset her more. She […]
Make holidays special for seniors. I’m not talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. Yes, those days need to be special, but in a elder’s life, celebrate the little holidays. The days of a senior follow one after another with nothing to mark their passing or distinguish them from any other day. There is no job waiting, […]
Today is my parent’s 69th anniversary. I’m sharing my thoughts on the example they’ve set. Sixty-nine years of marriage is a major accomplishment. Mom and Dad have had a good life but not an easy one. They didn’t start with much. They married after my dad returned from World War II, lived in converted army […]