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When Caregiving Leads to Employment – One Woman’s Experience

July 4th, 2015

My name is Michelle Thompson and I am part-time blogger and social outreach coordinator for Parentgiving.com, as well as a mother of three, wife of one, and caregiver for both of my elderly parents (who live with us here in Caldwell, New Jersey). My caregiver journey began three years ago as my father began to show subtle, then not…
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A FABULOUS INNOVATION FOR SENIORS – I LOVE IT!

June 30th, 2015

Every day I scour the internet for caregiver news and innovative products.  Today I want to tell you about the best thing I’ve found in ages – this invention will help to lengthen the time seniors can live independently and it will make a real difference to our elders’ health. WHAT IS IT? 



It’s a medication dispensing innovation called
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ONE SIMPLE, POWERFUL WAY TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS – My Guest Blog Post on The Mighty

June 25th, 2015

In times of hardship or pain, looking at the people we love can be powerful medicine. Parents and caregivers need to be on the receiving end of the loving gaze of family and friends too.
Here’s what got me thinking about eye contact: I happened to notice a billboard with a photo of a beautiful but destitute young African woman holding a
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ONE SIMPLE, POWERFUL WAY TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS – My Guest Blog Post on The Mighty

June 25th, 2015

In times of hardship or pain, looking at the people we love can be powerful medicine. Parents and caregivers need to be on the receiving end of the loving gaze of family and friends too.
Here’s what got me thinking about eye contact: I happened to notice a billboard with a photo of a beautiful but destitute young African woman holding a
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A Remarkable Story of Banishing Grief After Loss

June 24th, 2015

KarolinaJonderko is a Polish photographer who nursed her beloved mother throughout a frightful journey to end with cancer.  After her mother died, Jonderko realized that she’d forgotten all the happy memories of family life before cancer.  So she took a remarkable decision.  Jonderko decided to photograph herself wearing her mother’s clothes and have her sister recall and
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REMOTE CARE VS CARE AT A NURSING HOME: Which Option is Better For Your Parents?

June 22nd, 2015

This is a really informative and helpful guest post by the writers at TopTenReviews that I’m more than happy to share.



Choosing how to support your parents in their golden years doesn’t have to be a burden. Depending on what you and your parents are looking for in care, you have a choice between nursing homes and care given at home.…
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REMOTE CARE VS CARE AT A NURSING HOME: Which Option is Better For Your Parents?

June 22nd, 2015

This is a really informative and helpful guest post by the writers at TopTenReviews that I’m more than happy to share.



Choosing how to support your parents in their golden years doesn’t have to be a burden. Depending on what you and your parents are looking for in care, you have a choice between nursing homes and care given at home.…
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Celebrating Fathers Day, 2015

June 19th, 2015

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  In the realm of disability and family, we talk most often about mothers.  But today, I would like to say a few words about what it means to appreciate the Dads in our lives. My own father, James Edward Thomson, was a gentle, kind and funny man who was much loved and died too young.…
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Signs of Power in Paid Caregiving – And I Don’t Like Them

June 18th, 2015

A couple of days ago, I was wandering around my local grocery store when I happened to notice a young man in a wheelchair.  He was smiling and chatting with a paid caregiver who was putting some oranges into his basket.  How did I know she was his paid caregiver?  She wasn’t wearing jewellery around her neck, she was wearing…
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The ABCDs of Including (Not Excluding!) Caregivers in Community Life

June 11th, 2015


John McKnight is a social design visionary who understands that everyone has a role to play in enabling healthy, inclusive communities.  He founded the Asset Based CommunityDevelopment Institute, or ABCD.  Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths
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