ElderCarelink Blog

Not ready to face that reality

by Devlyn Brooks
October 25th, 2010 at 10:05 am

My mom’s been to the doctor more lately than I ever remember her seeking medical attention. Unfortunately I can’t gauge whether it’s because her access to health care has improved since she moved to town with us, or if it’s a trend with which I should be concerned.

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Change is Certain

by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
July 14th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

I still remember my last day in my former paid employment. It was election night 2008 – a night I will remember having nothing to do with political persuasion. As I walked away from my former office building for the last time, a stranger walked in the opposite direction headed toward me. Read more »

Taking on the role of medical advisor

by Devlyn Brooks
July 8th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

One of the tasks I underestimated the difficulty of when my mother moved in was becoming her health care guardian.
That’s not to say that I’ve taken over making decision about her health care; she’s still very capable of that. But I have taken on the role of advising her on medical decisions and helping her navigate the sometimes choppy waters of doctors, hospitals, medications and MediCare. Read more »

Sheehy’s “Passages in Caregiving” Defines Turning Points

by Carol Bursack
June 26th, 2010 at 4:52 am

Gail Sheehy is the author of 15 books, but is best known for her book Passages, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller’s List for over three years. She’s an out-spoken advocate for Boomers, urging them to use each turning point in life to advantage. When Sheehy’s husband became ill, she was personally faced with a turning point of gigantic proportions – one even she hadn’t expected. She became a caregiver. Read more »

An unorthodox Father’s Day weekend?

by Devlyn Brooks
June 17th, 2010 at 10:12 am

What do you give for Father’s Day to the mother who has everything?
Turns out, nothing … You just take her fishing with her grandchildren. Read more »