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HOME: The Making of a Sanctuary

February 6th, 2016

Guest Post by Vickie Cammack (Originally published in Safe and Secure: Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities by Al Etmanski) For one glorious summer in the ’70’s, an old tamarisk tree with wide sweeping branches down to the sand of a Greek beach was my home.  Its branches opened like welcoming arms to form…
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February 1st, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Elizz for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Recently, I was chatting with friends about why caregivers have so much trouble asking for help.  “Maybe it’s because asking for help sometimes feels like a betrayal of the person we love who needs care,” I suggested.  “I ask myself…
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STILL ALICE, Strong Portrayal of Dignity in Early Onset Alzheimer’s

January 24th, 2016

by Guest Blogger Maria Theresa Alzheimer’s doesn’t just change the lives of its sufferers, but the lives of their family and friends as well. Those who witness the decline of someone affected by the illness typically expend a great amount of time, money, emotional and physical energy caring for their loved ones. Still Alice (2014), a riveting movie about early-onset…
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Rhetoric vs Reality: The Real Role of Families in Hospital Care

January 17th, 2016

If you’ve ever gone to the Emergency Room with someone you love who has mobility or cognitive impairments, you know that hospitals are very unsafe places for vulnerable people.  Unless your loved one needs life-saving care such as in the Intensive Care Unit, you know that family caregivers are essential conduits between patient and professionals.  Not only that, but we
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A New Age of Caregiving: Grandchildren Caring for Grandparents

January 13th, 2016

By a Seniorly Contributor
When we think of millennials, we often focus on their digital technology-driven culture and overlook the fact that they are some of the smartest, most selfless people we know. Millennials these days are driven by a desire to help others, and the careers they choose reflect this. In fact, we seem to be entering an entirely
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An Awesome Wedding and a Lifetime of Friendship

January 9th, 2016

This past holiday season was particularly wonderful for us on account of Nick’s excellent pain management as well as the celebration of love in our family.  But the icing on the cake was the wedding of our old friend, John Bilder. It was about 1999 when we first met John. Like most Moms, I was struggling with ‘arsenic hour’, that…
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My New Year’s Resolution for 2016

December 31st, 2015

Happy New Year, everyone! Yesterday, I happened upon an article titled ‘7 Habits of Chronically Unhappy People’.  It was number 5 that caught my eye: You Strive to Control Your Life.  Now, I’m a very happy person – I’m an optimist by nature.  But when I am unhappy, usually there’s a control issue in the picture.  Here’s what…
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My Caregiver Transformer Christmas

December 23rd, 2015

I’ve been thinking a lot about how in my family, we plan special family occasions and how we change our plans or even cancel at the last minute.  And I’ve been thinking how typical that is for anyone giving care to a loved one. For example… Tomorrow is my Mom’s birthday.  She’s 93 years young and at that age, her…
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December 19th, 2015

Next Tuesday at noon, our daughter Natalie arrives home for Christmas.  Jim and I will meet her at the airport and then together, we’ll drive around the corner to where Nicholas lives.  I know there will be hugs and tears. Christmas Eve is my mother’s birthday so that day, my sister and I will bring food, decorations, and all the…
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Economic Citizenship – Setting the post-RDSP agenda

December 18th, 2015

The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) enables Canadians with disabilities to do something most of us take for granted, save money. Already the accumulated amount in registered plans across Canada exceeds $2 billion. By itself, this is not enough to reduce one of the biggest handicaps experienced by people with disabilities, poverty. However, the RDSP sets three precedents, which might…
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