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March Madness

March Madness

Are you enjoying the fun of the college basketball playoffs and getting ready for “March Madness”?  It’s always a lot of fun, isn’t it?  We love the unexpected wins, the terrible upsets, the underdogs who rise to the top.  Surprises are part of the madness.  In March,...

Visiting Our Memories

Visiting Our Memories

When I asked a gentleman whose mother is in a skilled nursing facility where I visit why he rarely comes to see her, he said, “I can’t stand to visit mom! She barely remembers me and there’s nothing to say to her. She doesn’t care what’s going on in my life, and what would she want to tell me about being here day in and day out?”

This very honest answer explains why families stay away from their elderly loved ones in droves. It is very hard to visit—hard to know what to say, hard to see someone look so diminished, hard to keep from crying.

Give Thanks for the Gift of Good Health

Give Thanks for the Gift of Good Health

Since you are reading my blog, it is likely you have someone in your life that is not in good health.  You certainly know the time, money and effort it takes to care for them.  You also know the pain and heartache of watching when they struggle or suffer or become...

Gift Giving

Gift Giving

It’s getting late for holiday shopping, but many of us are still searching for the right gift for an elderly loved one or a friend who is seriously ill.  We certainly cannot fall back on gift certificates or cash when it comes to these special and fragile people in...

Pay Attention at the Holidays!

Pay Attention at the Holidays!

“What’s the matter with Mom?” Debbie asked angrily. She was upset because her mother-in-law, Ruth, had not remembered her birthday in October and now, when asked what to bring for Thanksgiving dinner, seemed to have no idea what she was making.  Ruth’s daughter...

Traveling Anything but Light!

Traveling Anything but Light!

Thanksgiving week is the most-traveled week of the entire year. “Over the River and Through the Woods” has long been the theme song for Americans planning family Thanksgiving gatherings. However, these days, grandmother’s house might be empty if you go there as...

Can We Be Thankful for Thanksgiving?

Can We Be Thankful for Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day is only a few weeks away.  As soon as we turn the calendar to November, that last Thursday of the month seems to loom.  It can mean so many different things to different people.  Will you travel out of town?  Will you entertain out of town guests?...

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

When President Obama named October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” he said: This October, let us honor National Domestic Violence Awareness Month by promoting peace in our own families, homes, and communities. Let us renew our commitment to end domestic...

Why Healthcare Advocacy?

Why Healthcare Advocacy?

When I told a new acquaintance I’m a Healthcare Advocate, she commentated that she’d never need someone like me.  “I have my husband if I get sick and he has me.  Besides that, we have our grown kids to help.” She might be right.  For her sake I hope she is, but I’m...

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