Sibling rivalry, aging parents and running the emotional gauntlet

Sibling rivalry, also known as competition between sisters and brothers for a parent’s attention, may change over time. Unique relationships can strengthen or weaken on the road from childhood to adulthood. Physical and emotional distances offer adult siblings new opportunities to develop respectful, loving, caring relationships. Sometimes though, a few embers of competitiveness or jealousy… Continue reading Sibling rivalry, aging parents and running the emotional gauntlet

Caution: rant ahead

“SIGH”, she says as she steps up on her soapbox once again. While trying to maintain a positive attitude that people are waking up to the unacceptable state of elder care in our country, yesterday I was so disappointed in our disjointed, fragmented healthcare system. I received a call from a memory care community where… Continue reading Caution: rant ahead

5 handy gadgets for boomers and beyond

One of the rewards I enjoy as a geriatric care manager is the opportunity to pass along helpful tips to make the day-to-day job of growing older a bit easier, safer and sometimes, more fun! I regularly accompany my dear clients to medical appointments, on routine errands like grocery shopping, and everyone’s favorite – going… Continue reading 5 handy gadgets for boomers and beyond

No time like the present: one caregiver’s lesson from impatient to I’m patient

Most of us live in a world that is ruled by clocks and calendars. We live with one foot in the present and the other foot in the future. Rarely do we reflect on the past. Time spent reminiscing is limited to a few holidays, family get-togethers and the occasional flashback triggered by a song… Continue reading No time like the present: one caregiver’s lesson from impatient to I’m patient

Dear dementia

  Dear dementia, today I add to my list of things that care partners (caregivers + people with dementia) need right now. It has been less than one month since I pressed my first list. Long story short, we need to improve the medical appointment experience for healthcare providers and their patients with dementia. In the spirit of relentlessly… Continue reading Dear dementia

(Wo)Man Plans, God Laughs

Nothing in life humbles me as much as a child or a puppy. I may be semi-retired but the project manager in me lives on. I’m a driven woman, visiting my calendar multiple times a day. Be on time. Have an efficient, effective meeting/appointment/visit/errand. Write succinct, timely messages. Follow up. Keep a list. And above… Continue reading (Wo)Man Plans, God Laughs