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Want to Be Included in Your Loved One’s Home Care Team? Here’s How

May 19th, 2015

I spend a lot of time reading about how families manage caring for loved ones all over the world.  Today, developed nations share common challenges –  aging populations, more people trying to balance employment with caregiving, and governments trying to get the most out of family caregivers. All while trying to manage their governments’ over-stretched healthcare budgets.  The
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Never Feel Alone Again

May 13th, 2015

GUEST POST My parents turned 70 a few years ago. It was a wonderful celebration full of friends, laughter, food, and dancing the night away. I must admit even I, an only child who often ran away at the sight of parents’ friends, had a lot of fun. But though this celebration was great, by the very next day my…
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What It Means to be a Mother… and a Daughter

May 9th, 2015

Recently, I was chatting with my friend and fellow disability Mom, Julie Keon.  I had the privilege of writing the foreword to Julie’s profoundly moving new book, What I Would Tell You – One Mother’s Adventure With Medical Fragility.  I highly recommend Julie’s book to anyone with a complex child! Julie is a ‘wise woman’ whose professional background…
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How To Stay Positive

May 6th, 2015

GUEST POST by a Staff Writer at Dry Depot Being a caregiver is a difficult task and many of us will face extreme physical and emotional challenges as we care for our loved ones. However, we continue to go about our tasks, as it is an important part of our daily lives even if it can lead to frustration. As…
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Impact – Ability

May 4th, 2015

By Al Etmanski

The desire of most people I’ve met in the disability community is to make the world a better place for people with disability. As a corollary most also realize that in doing so, they will be making the world a better place for everyone. In today’s language this desire is described as impact. Not short term,…
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Five Bad Beliefs That Harm Caregivers

May 4th, 2015

Caregiving is a complicated role, full of joy and sometimes grief and frustration.  Caring for those we love is laden with human drama and is hard enough without imposing beliefs and standards upon ourselves that make it harder.   HARMFUL BELIEFS: 1) My role is to give care, not receive care. Anyone giving or receiving care is in a relationship…
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Not Exactly As Planned – A Must Read Book About Family and Disability

April 30th, 2015

It was months ago that I added to my reading list ‘Not Exactly As Planned: A Memoir of Adoption, Secrets and Abiding Love’ by Linda Rosenbaum.  But it was just this morning that I turned the last page and regretfully said goodbye to the Rosenbaum-Christmas family of Toronto Island. Linda Rosenbaum and her husband Robin Christmas have two adopted…
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News Alert! 3 Great New Films About Caregiving!

April 25th, 2015

This week, I’ve watched trailers for three terrific new films about caregiving.  I hope these are just the beginning of a new trend in movies and story-telling about giving and receiving care at home. The first is a feature-length documentary airing on PBS in May (check your local listings), titled Caring For Mom and Dad.  Meryl Streep narrates. CARE…
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News Alert! 3 Great New Films About Caregiving!

April 25th, 2015

This week, I’ve watched trailers for three terrific new films about caregiving.  I hope these are just the beginning of a new trend in movies and story-telling about giving and receiving care at home. The first is a feature-length documentary airing on PBS in May (check your local listings), titled Caring For Mom and Dad.  Meryl Streep narrates. CARE…
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Turn Up the Music and Dance – Anytime, Anywhere!

April 23rd, 2015

Last week, I turned 60.  I took advantage of the occasion to invite friends and family over for, what else?, a dance party!  Over my years of caregiving, I have learned that celebrating with music and dancing makes everyone feel good.  Dancing makes me smile and birthdays make me feel special and loved. But there some years when friends and…
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