PLAN Institute

Blog

Technology & Teamwork Can Ease Transition for Kids With Disabilities

August 25th, 2015

For most, high school graduation is a happy and hopeful celebration as parents launch their children into a successful, independent life.  But there’s an expression that parents of children with disabilities use to describe graduation and their child’s transition to adulthood. They call it ‘falling off the cliff’.  This turn of phrase especially epitomises the new reality of
read more

Living in the Land of Limbo: Fiction and Poetry About Family Caregiving – Book Review

August 13th, 2015

The more I reflect on caregiving, the more humble I feel.  Caring for others is a very complicated and confounding business – it’s a double-edged sword that’s chock full of paradox and ambivalent feelings. “Living in the Land of Limbo” is a collection of fiction and poetry about family caregiving that reveals poignant, enraging and gentle truths about giving…
read more

When a Couple at McDonald’s Said I Shouldn’t Feed My Son in Public

August 12th, 2015

I am fortunate to write for the marvellous site, The Mighty.  Here’s my latest post for the good folks there – and if you feel like a daily dose of good news, subscribe to the feed.  You won’t regret it!  In 1993, we were living in London. My husband’s diplomatic career made us fearless about travel, even with two…
read more

So That’s It! How To Be Happy

August 1st, 2015

Recently I had a conversation with our family GP.  “Why do you take all the complex patients?”, I asked.  “You are amazing – I’ve heard you advocating on the phone for frail seniors who have no one else and when other GPs turned our family down because Nick is too complex, you said YES.  Why do you…
read more

So That’s It! How To Be Happy

August 1st, 2015

Recently I had a conversation with our family GP.  “Why do you take all the complex patients?”, I asked.  “You are amazing – I’ve heard you advocating on the phone for frail seniors who have no one else and when other GPs turned our family down because Nick is too complex, you said YES.  Why do you…
read more

A Tragic Death, A Cautionary Tale and Lessons About Protecting Our Loved Ones

July 24th, 2015

Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  Guy Mitchell.  I can’t get that name out of my head.  And when I think of Guy, I am afraid for my son, my mother and my future self.  I am afraid for everyone who is at risk of being vulnerable and ‘cared for’ by the state, behind closed doors. Guy Mitchell had developmental disabilities and…
read more

Why Caregivers Must Take Hearing Loss Seriously

July 22nd, 2015

Guest Post

Hearing loss is an invisible condition. Not everyone can express the fact that they aren’t hearing well, and still others are in denial. That’s why it’s so important for you to be able to identify signs that your loved one might not hear as well as they could and understand that other health conditions could lead to or…
read more

The White House Conference on Aging – How Technology Will Shape Our Future

July 18th, 2015


Guest Post by Maria Ramos

In 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. Every day since then, thousands more reach retirement age. By 2050, 42% of American households will include someone over the age of 70. The recent once-every-ten-years White House Conference on Aging took place on July 13th and could not have come at a better time. In addition…
read more

The Red Book That Is So Wonderful

July 11th, 2015

There’s a red book that’s been sitting on my desk for months.  It’s one of many that have been sent to me for book reviews.  That pile got smaller recently when I came to the cottage for a summer break of reading and relaxing.  I wish I had read this book sooner, because it has changed my thinking about living,…
read more

A Bit About Me and My Caregiving

July 7th, 2015

Recently, I joined the blogging team at The Caregiver Network, a terrific site that’s chock full of opinion, information and video links for caregivers of all types and ages.   By way of introducing me to their site, their communications director asked me about my background.  I thought readers here in The Caregivers’ Living Room might be interested to…
read more

Page 1 of 10012345..Last

Recent Posts

Subscribe