Blog: 'Caregiver Services' Posts
We lost my great-uncle on July 3rd.  Uncle Junior, as he was so lovingly called by his nieces and nephews, lived a full life with his wife, Hazel.  They traveled the world together collecting antiques, and wonderful memories before cancer began taking Hazel’s strength and eventually her life.   Uncle Junior recently shared with my cousin...
Skin … Skin … Skin It protects us; it is our first line of defense. It absorbs:  vitamins, acids, water and oxygen. It excretes; it is the body’s largest waste removal system. It secretes a mixture of oils that keeps the skin soft and supple. It regulates our body’s temperature by sweating and cooling the...
In the midst of one of the most divisive political landscapes in America’s history, members of Congress, as well as President Donald Trump, have shown there is one thing we can all agree on–caregiving. It’s a topic that we all face or will face in one way or another in our lifetime, and with the...
It is a familiar story. Those who are eager to experience the joys of learning and travel but don’t have the chance. Perhaps their aging parent has moved in or their spouse is now in a nursing home. Whatever the situation, the reality is that for many caregivers it’s difficult to get away. That’s why...
Amanda Singer had her plate full running a dance studio in Massachusetts. But after her mother underwent emergency surgery and radiation for breast cancer late last year, Singer, 28, unexpectedly found herself taking on an even bigger responsibility — the role of unpaid family caregiver. Singer is one of millions of millennial caregivers in the United...
I turned the radio off in my car and watched the students walk into the white building.   They followed the sidewalk parallel to the south wall and disappeared around the corner to enter the front door. “She looks all of 18 years old,” I thought.  Her flawless skin, her cherry red miniskirt, and her brunette...
April 11, 2018
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra area of our brains.  When a person develops Parkinson’s disease, they may begin to experience symptoms such as: Tremors Slowness of movements Rigidity in limbs Balance and gait (walking) problems Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, treatment options can include medication,...
Self-care is vital to the health and well being of us all, but especially caregivers. On a recent Caregiver Crossing episode, we were joined by Jodi Patsiner, caregiver, friend and practitioner of The Work- a practice of self-reflection and a tool used to find inner peace. Click the links below to hear the conversation with...
When you think of a beautiful, vibrant 27-year-old woman, you probably picture someone much like Alissa K.  Alissa is a fun-loving young woman who happens to be living her life with Down Syndrome. Alissa and Lisa Wells, Executive Director of Down Syndrome Indiana, recently joined us on Caregiver Crossing and boy, did we have fun!  We...
  The hectic schedule of a caregiver often doesn’t allow for time to cook healthy meals.  But nutritious meals are one of the best ways to fuel the body, especially during times of increased stress.  A little bit of planning can go a long way to make mealtime more enjoyable. Use Your Slow Cooker –...